A fresh and zesty St Patricks Day cocktail
Whether you celebrate St Patricks Day or not, this fresh and zesty cocktail is the perfect excuse to enjoy a drink or two with friends.
This simple lime + mint vodka cocktail already has a pretty green hue but if you want to boost the color for St Patricks Day, you could add a drop or two of food colouring before shaking, or add a teaspoon of matcha tea powder if you prefer a natural option.
Mint and lime St Patricks Day cocktailINGREDIENTS (serves 2)
- 2/3 cup mint leaves
- 1 cup (250ml) lime juice (approximately 6 limes)
- 1 cup (250ml) vodka
- 1/4 cup simple syrup*
- Soda water, to serve
- Food coloring / matcha powder (optional)
To make the simple syrup, place 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. As the water approaches boiling point dissolve the sugar by stirring constantly.
Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool completely
Place the mint leaves in a cocktail shaker with the lime juice and lightly bruise using a cocktail muddler or wooden rolling pin. Add vodka and simple syrup (and optional coloring), then fill the shaker with ice. Give it a good shake, then pour into glasses and top up with soda water.
*If you're pressed for time or would rather not bother making simple syrup, you can substitute with agave or maple syrup to taste. If you prefer a tart drink, you can omit the sweetener entirely.
After a couple of these tangy tipples you'll be feeling very festive - to be sure, to be sure!