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As far as holidays go, St. Patrick’s Day is an easy sell — all you have to do is show up wearing something green and have a drink, whether it’s green beer, Irish whiskey, Irish cream, Guinness, or some unfortunate combination of those last three things.
The holiday is by no means authentically Irish; it’s a distinctly American celebration of being Irish on this side of the Atlantic. Between the 17th and 20th centuries in Ireland, March 17th was commemorated with a quiet, dignified visit to church. Even corned beef and cabbage is, as you may know or have already guessed, an American idea of what Irish food is. Immigrants from the Emerald Isle substituted corned beef for the bacon used in the OG version of this dish, and the end result is closer to a New England boiled dinner than anything actually eaten in Ireland. It is the spaghetti and meatballs of Irish-America.
To me, all of the above is noteworthy and heartwarming in that it’s so distinctly American: a celebration of hyphenated culture and identity, a nod to our melting pot, a salute to our roots from all corners of the globe. Mike Cronin said it best: “In essence, St. Patrick’s Day was a public declaration of a hybrid identity—a belief in the future of Ireland as a nation free from British rule, and a strict adherence to the values and liberties that the U.S. offered them.”
So maybe it’s appropriate that in my search for something interesting and vividly green to share with you on this day, tomatillos and jalapeño made their way into the mix for this take on a classic Red Snapper. The end result is everything I was hoping for: vibrant, boozy, spicy, savory, and not reminiscent of green juices and smoothies. Now is not the time for apple and celery. That said, this is equally well-suited for starting your celebrations on the day of St. Pat’s, or recovering from them in the early afternoon of March 18th.
Aviation American Gin Green Snapper
(Adapted from Heather Christo)
- 2 cups chopped green tomatoes or tomatillos
- ½ cup chopped English cucumber chunks
- ½ fresh jalapeño, chopped (remove seeds and white membrane for less spice)
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon horseradish
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 4 ounces prepared mix
- 2 ounces Aviation American Gin
- Cucumber, lime, olives, salt rim, etc., for garnish
To make the mix, combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until very smooth. At this point, you can strain all or part of the mixture if you’d like a less chunky beverage; I strained half of it to thin it out a little bit. Build cocktail in an ice-filled glass, stir, and garnish as desired.
Yield: 2 drinks
-Danguole Lekaviciute, Aviation Team Member
Not everyone is going to want green beer and whiskey on St. Patty’s Day. And just your luck, we found the perfect alternative that still keeps you in the spirit of the holiday. Just go to your local craft store, or order online, a clover hole punch and garnish your cocktail with a clover made of basil or mint.
I chose to make a Basil Gimlet (for a traditional Gimlet recipe go here), which is great because it naturally has a hint of green to it, but you could use this garnish on any of your favorite cocktails!
- 2 oz Aviation American Gin
- 2-3 Large basil leaves
- 1 oz Freshly pressed lime juice
- 3/4 oz Simple syrup
- In a pint glass, muddle the basil leaves
- Add spirits & mixers
- Fill with ice & shake vigorously
- Fine strain into a cocktail glass
- Garnish with basil clover leaf
Happy St. Pat’s!
-Richelle Thorpe, Aviation Team Member
In honor of that classic Irish/American holiday, we’re rounding up our favorite St. Pat’s Day garnishes. A great garnish is key to dressing up any party. So, explore our St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest board and share your ideas with us here. We’d love to know what you’re doing.
-Kelly Sanders, Marketing Manager
Holidays are the perfect excuse to come up with themed and colorful cocktails. Being mostly of Irish descent myself, St. Patty’s Day is a personal favorite holiday of mine. While most people for for the green died drinks, I’m looking forward to this cocktail from Food & Wine. It is a Chartreuse Gin Daisy and is absolutely delicious. See below for my version:
2 ¼ ounce Aviation American Gin
¼ ounce Yellow Chartreuse
¾ ounce Freshly pressed lemon juice
¼ ounce Agave nectar
Dash of Orange bitters
1 brandied cherry as garnish
In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, yellow Chartreuse, lemon juice, agave nectar and orange bitters. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the cherry.
– Christina Shapalis