Third post of Green Week is a cocktail, of course! This simple recipe combines vodka, green apple and two types of jellybeans for a bright green, fruity-sour drink. Yesterday we discussed St. Patrick and how the Irish traditionally celebrate his feast day. Today we’ll explore some misconceptions Americans have about traditional Irish booze and cuisine that influence our St. Paddy’s celebrations.
While Americans prefer green beer or other green alcoholic drinks (Like the one in this post!) the Irish stick to a proper dark Guinness mixed with mostly nitrogen, as opposed to carbon dioxide. The Irish may have one or two drinks but likely won’t get horribly, publically drunk. If you aren’t into beer, you can also try for an Irish whiskey like Bushmills for some level of authenticity. Or just be a big, huge girl and drink this candy martini. Who are you trying to impress anyway?
And it turns out the Irish won’t be having corned beef and cabbage either. Thank God! I was wondering what the heck was wrong with the palettes of my ancestors! Also their noses because come on! Irish immigrants to American were the ones who switched cheaper corned beef for Irish bacon. Back home, they’ll most likely be eating shepherd’s pie, fish and chips or lamb stew. Plus some other Seussian recipes like boxty (potato pancakes), coddle (leftover pork, potatoes and onions) and colcannon (mashed potatoes and cabbage). Also popular for soaking up that butt-kicking Irish beer, curry fries with HP or brown sauce. That sounds delicious! Why do all other Western countries have an amazing loaded fry recipe and we Americans just have McDonald’s? So unfair. Check here for some traditionaler recipes for Eat Like an Irishman Day dinners.
Stay tuned all this week for more green sweets, green features and Irishy history and folklore lessons!
Green Week Features:
Sour Apple Jellybean Martini
5 oz green apple-flavored mixer
3 oz vodka
Lemon or lime slice (I used a leftover Meyer lemon from my Meyer Lemon Upside Down Cake with White Chocolate Sauce.)
Place jelly beans in chilled glass.
Mix together mixer and vodka.
Pour over jelly beans.
Garnish with lemon or lime slice.
Drink immediately or chill for a couple hours to allow the candy to dissolve. (The longer you allow the candy to dissolve, the more candy taste to your martini!)