St. Patrick’s Day seems to one of those holidays that evolves as I get older. When I was little it was about GREEN! I wore green, ate green and dreamt of a pot o’ gold left behind by a leprechaun. As I got older and moved into my early 20’s it was still about GREEN! I wore green (once a green wig) and drank green beer and had an all night party with all my friends. It didn’t matter what day of the week it fell, it was a party! Now, I’m in my 30’s, I have two little leprechauns running around the house, and I just dream of the day when I’ll be able to crawl into my bed at 9 and go to sleep. I wear green if I can find it and make sure to cook corned beef and cabbage and only drink one or two with my husband. It sounds sad and to my single friends sounds horrible but I LOVE it!!! I wouldn’t want it any other way.
A couple of years ago we found ourselves out in California, visiting my parents over St. Patrick’s Day weekend. My husband and I decided to leave the kids with my parents and go visit our friends up in Los Angeles, where we are from, and rent a hotel room, go out to the bars and celebrate like we used to. That was a bust. We went to dinner with our friends and had a great time then we went to the bar. It was insanely crowded. We hung out for one round and then just went to our friend’s house around the corner and had our drinks and conversation there. It was so much better.
I do like to make sure that we still have fun with the holiday though. I wanted to create a drink for my husband and I to share this year and this is perfect. This cocktail is so fun and it tastes awesome, it’s dangerous it’s so good. There are two names for this drink the pot o’ gold and the drunken leprechaun. I just added a drop or two of food coloring and made a bright green color for the drunken leprechaun. Some people have an aversion to food coloring so there are a couple of options. It really works out though, right? I mean you have to have a pot o’ gold if you’re going to have a leprechaun around!
Have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day!
Pot o' Gold
- 2 oz. sour apple schnapps
- 2 oz coconut rum
- 4 oz. pineapple juice
- all of the above ingredients
- 1 to 2 drops of green water based food coloring
- maraschino cherries to garnish
Pot o' Gold
- combine all ingredients into an ice filled shaker
- pour into a glass filled with crushed ice
- garnish with maraschino cherries
- same as above but add food coloring