Spring is a time of renewal. The winter brown colors are fading away and are replaced with fresh swaths of green. It’s the return of green grass, St. Patrick’s Day, and of course thin mints. Add it all up and it can only mean one thing – time for a fresh green cocktail.
To celebrate this time of year and the Irish in us all I created a special creamy green cocktail for all my Bourbon Women friends out there that tastes like a thin mint.
This creamy, fun concoction is a hint of whimsy and a celebration of all things Irish for my fellow Bourbon Women – a little whiskey, a little cream, and some chocolate at the end of the rainbow. To take this over the top, garnish with crushed chocolate mint cookies – if you’ve still got any. It’s a whiskey drink that’s here to play and doesn’t take itself too seriously.
When I started to put together the cocktail, I wanted to build something serious and elegant, but then I realized that in the spirit of St Patty’s Day and my Irish lineage that cocktails for St Patrick’s day are meant to be fun and whimsical. They’re meant to play a bit and keep all our seriousness at bay. So I got out a container of cream, every chocolate liqueur I had on hand, and a box of Girl Scout Thin Mints for inspiration. . . er. . . garnish. Yes, for garnish, that’s right. There was no unauthorized consumption of Girl Scout cookies in the development of this cocktail.
For this particular St Patrick’s cocktail, since I wanted to get close to the taste of a cookie, I went with Faretti Chocolate liqueur. It has a buttery, almost almond taste to it, but still a wealth of chocolate flavor. It’s not something I like to drink on its own as it’s too sweet for me and the pastry taste is a little odd if I’m just sipping it neat. But, added to a cocktail with cream and bourbon and a hint of mint and you’re golden.
The notes below include instructions on batching this cocktail for 4 servings if you’ve got some Bourbon Women coming over to celebrate St Patty’s Day with you.
How to Make the Tipsy Pixie – A Bourbon Women St Patrick’s Day Cocktail
- 1.5 oz. cream
- 1.5 oz. bourbon
- 0.75 oz. Faretti Chocolate liqueur (you can use any chocolate liqueur, but Faretti has a rich pastry flavor to it and pairs well as we’re going for that cookie taste)
- 0.5 oz. simple syrup
- 0.25 oz. crème de menthe use the green kind to get this lovely pale green color
- Garnish: crushed chocolate mint cookies or a single mint leaf floated on the top
- Add the cocktail ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
- Shake well to combine
- Double strain into a chilled martini or coupe glass that’s been rimmed with crushed chocolate mint cookies OR carefully float a single mint leaf on top.
Notes — For a batch of four, combine 6 oz cream, 6 oz bourbon, 3 oz Faretti chocolate liqueur, 2 oz simple syrup and 1 oz crème de menthe in a mason jar. Add ice and shake briskly for 30 seconds. Strain into chilled martini or coupe glasses and top with a mint leaf or a chocolate mint cookie. If you’re not serving all 4 at once, strain out the ice so the cocktail doesn’t over dilute while you share the first round. Keep in the fridge until ready to continue to serve.
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