Sunday, March 20, 2016

Baileys Irish Cream - Shots and Shooters

Baileys Shooters

A Red Arrow - Baileys Shooter via Dream Cocktails
A Red Arrow (Baileys Shooter)Source: comedy_nose on flickr
The world debut of Baileys Irish Cream in 1974 was to revolutionize the idea of shots and shooters. A shot was traditionally from hard liquor such as Bourbon or Tequila and was drunk for a couple of reasons - to warm you up when you came in from the cold or to speed up the road to oblivion.

Baileys added a creamy flavor to shots and made them more widely enjoyed (whether that's good or bad is up for debate). The word shot and shooter are both used to describe the same drink depending on whereabouts you live.

Shots have moved a long way since they were first served and are often very colorful with a mix of different spirits and liqueurs. Basically they are now seen as more of a mini cocktail. Shooters can be served in shot glasses, double shot glasses and even liqueur glasses.

Baileys Irish Cream is such a delicious flavor that plays well with other drinks that it belongs in a plethora of shooter recipes. It is impossible to name them all on one page, but here are some delicious ones for you to try.

Delicious Baileys Shots to Enjoy

After Dinner Mint
1 part Baileys
1 part Creme de Menthe
1 part Kahlua

Put the Kahlua into the shot glass first, next layer the Crème de Menthe into the shot before gently layering the Baileys on the top.

1 part Cointreau
1 part Baileys
1 part Kahlua

Pour the Kahlua into the glass first, next gently layer the Baileys and finally layer the Cointreau onto the top.

Black Nipple
1 part Baileys
1 part Opal Nera

Place the Opal Nera in the shot glass first and then layer the Baileys onto the top.

Blow Job
1 part Baileys
1 part Banana Liqueur
1 part Kahlua

Place the Kahlua into the glass first and then gently layer the Banana Liqueur over the Kahlua and the Baileys on top.

More Baileys Shooters

1 part Cointreau
1 part Baileys

Pour the Baileys into the shot glass first and carefully layer the Cointreau on top.

Opal Orgasm
1 part cream
1 part Cointreau
1 part Baileys
1 part Opal Nera

Place the Opal Nera into the shot glass first and then layer the rest of the ingredients in the following order - Baileys, Cointreau and cream.

Multiple Orgasm
1 part Cointreau
1 part Baileys
1 part Strawberry Liqueur

Pour the Strawberry Liqueur into the shot glass first and then layer Baileys over the top and Cointreau over the top of the Baileys.

Recipes for Baileys Irish Cream Shooters

1 part Baileys
1 part Midori
1 part Kahlua

Place the Kahlua into the shot glass first and then layer the Midori onto the Kahlua and finally the Baileys makes up the top layer.

Scud Missile
1 part Malibu
1 part Baileys
1 part Kahlua

Layer the above ingredients with Kahlua on the bottom, Baileys in the middle and Malibu on top.

Slippery Nipple
1 part Baileys
1 part Sambuca

Pour the Sambuca into the shot glass and then layer the Baileys on top.

More Recipes for Baileys Irish Cream Shots

1 part Baileys
1 part Malibu
1 part Banana Liqueur

Place the Banana Liqueur in the bottom of the shot glass and layer the Malibu on top, then layer the Baileys on top of the Malibu.

After Five
½ measure Peppermint Schnapps
1 measure Kahlua
1 tbsp Baileys

Place the Peppermint Schnapps in the shot glass first and layer the Kahlua on top of the schnapps. Float the Baileys on the top.

Modern Look Baileys Irish Cream

More choice in flavors

New flavors of Baileys means that there are even more recipes that will call for different types of Baileys Irish Cream. Here are just a couple for you to try for starters, but don't be afraid to substitute one of the original Baileys in some of the previous recipes for one of the new flavors - Baileys Mint Chocolate and Baileys Caramel.

Baileys Choc Mint Twist
10ml Baileys Mint chocolate
10ml Creme de Menthe
10ml Dark Creme de Cacao .

Layer the ingredients in a shot glass in this order - Creme de Cacao, Creme de Menthe & Baileys on top.

Baileys Golden
10ml Baileys Caramel
10ml Golden Rum
10ml Butterscotch Schnapps

Layer the ingredients into a shot glass working up from the bottom of the list.

But, How Do I Layer My Shots? - Achieving the Stunning Look of These Shooters

It's all very well to give you these recipes, but layering shots isn't always as easy as it looks...........unless you have the right tools that is. The trick is to slow down the flow of the liquor as much as possible so that they don't mix, doing that is the tricky part.

Spill-Stop Mfg. Co. Twisted Dime Bar Spoon 10.5''Spill-Stop Mfg. Co. Twisted Dime Bar Spoon 10.5''
I tried using the back of a teaspoon, it sounds easy enough - no! I should just add though that the shots still taste nice, layered or not, we're just searching for the whole package!

Next I read that you just needed to tilt the glass slightly when pouring - big no!

Then entered The Dime Spoon (on the left)

The dime spoon makes layering cocktails and shots nice and easy and is a must have bar tool if you want to absolutely wow your friends with some amazing layered shots.

See below for a video of the dime spoon in action.

The Dime Spoon in Action - Layering Those Shots and Shooters

So now I want to know - which Baileys shot or shooter is your favorite?  That's if you're able to limit yourself to just one of course!

If you prefer a longer drink then be sure to check out my delicious selection of Bailey's Cocktails.

Delicious selection of Baileys shots and shooters via Dream Cocktails

Alcoholic Coffee Recipes

Delicious Coffee Recipes with Bite!

Who hasn’t gone out to dinner and ordered a special liqueur coffee to finish off their meal with? It’s a lovely treat and one which I personally enjoy on occasion, but did you know it’s easy enough to replicate these alcoholic coffee recipes at home?

One of my aunties made me my first alcoholic coffee drink when I was still a few months under age (don’t tell my dad!), it was delicious although the coffees I choose to enjoy now are a lot more sophisticated than that one which was made with instant coffee, sugar and vodka!

Let’s have a look at some delicious liqueur coffee recipes….

Irish Coffee Recipes

How to Make Irish Coffee

I think one of the most common types of alcoholic coffee drinks are Irish coffees and there are lots of different recipes for Irish Coffees available from the whisky inspired (classic) Irish coffees to the Baileys Irish coffees (my preferred type).

Irish Cappuccino

This recipe isn’t your usual Irish coffee recipe as it contains Baileys instead of Irish whisky, but I’ve listed it first as Baileys is one of my favourite liqueurs (alongside Kahlua and crème de cacao!). You will need –

5 oz hot coffee
3 oz Baileys
Sweetened whipped cream (or dessert topping)

All you have to do is pour the Baileys into the cup and top up with the black coffee then stir the drink together. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle some nutmeg on top – delicious, although I must admit I will often substitute the nutmeg for shaved chocolate!

Irish Coffee

I’m not a big whisky fan so I haven’t actually made this recipe, but it was given to me by a friend who swears it’s delicious and it makes up 6 coffees. You’ll need-

4 cups of fresh coffee
1 cup whipping cream
½ cup Irish Whisky
¼ cup sugar
2tbsp sugar
2 tbsp Irish Whisky

Pop the coffee along with ½ cup of whiskey and ¼ cup of sugar into a saucepan on a low heat and cook, but do not let it boil. Whip up the cream adding the remaining 2 tbsp of sugar and 2 tbsp of whisky as you do.

Pour the coffee evenly into the cups and then spoon on the whiskey cream on the top to serve.

Normally Irish coffees are served in a glass (like the majority of liqueur coffees in fact), but if you had one of these mugs wouldn’t you prefer to serve them in it? The first is just a funny Irish Coffee mug which would certainly look good while you’re drinking it and would also make a great St Patrick’s Day gift for any Irish person you know!

Irish Coffee lovers gifts Coffee Mug
Irish Coffee lovers gifts Coffee Mug by Funkart

These next ones include their own recipes – two have versions of Irish Coffee and the other one has what sounds like a delicious version of a Baileys Irish Coffee which they’ve named the Steamin’ Irishman.

Irish Coffee Recipe Coffee Mug Irish Coffee Cup Coffee Mugs 'Steamin Irish' Coffee Mug Cocktails by KoffeeKat
Click on the mug you like to check the price and/or buy it

Liqueur Lattes

Delicious Alcoholic Coffee Drinks

There are lots of different flavoured liqueur lattes that you can make and one which I often serve when I’m having friends over for dinner is a Frangelico Latte.

Frangelico Latte

1 shot Frangelico
1 shot espresso
Steamed milk
Milk Foam or Whipped Cream

Simply pour a shot of Frangelico into a cup and add a shot of espresso before popping in the steamed milk. Stir the liquid all together, lifting from the bottom like you would if you were using a syrup instead of a liqueur. Top with foamed milk or whipped cream – I always use foamed milk on mine, but if I was after a more decadent drink I’d use the whipped cream and top it with a little chocolate syrup and chopped hazelnuts.

Other Liqueur Lattes can be made the same was, but just substitute the Frangelico with your favourite liqueur, ideas include –

  • Kahlua
  • Crème de Menthe
  • Chambord
  • Baileys
  • Sambuca

More Alcoholic Coffee Recipes

Amaretto Coffee

My friend made this for us one night and I have to say it certainly gave me a kick (not sure if it was the recipe or because I was feeling tired!).

1 ½ cups of coffee (she used an instant coffee, one of the Mocconas)
½ cup Amaretto
Whipped Cream

This made two cups because neither of our husbands drink coffee! She simply poured the Amaretto into the cups then added the coffee, stirred it together and topped with lashings of whipped cream!

Nuts and Berries Mocha Espresso

This is a simply delicious coffee, I usually like my coffee with milk (ie a latte or mocha), but the sweetness of the Chambord and chocolate and the nuttiness of the Frangelico really leaves you feeling totally satisfied without any dairy added!

You will need –

¼ cup freshly brewed espresso
1 tsp Frangelico
1 tsp Chambord
1 tsp chocolate syrup

Simply pour all of the ingredients into a coffee cup and stir together – does it get any easier to make than that?!

Alcoholic Cappuccino

Now this is a recipe that I came across which looks very delicious and is one I’m hoping to try soon, it sounds like a deliciously creamy alcoholic mocha so I’m not sure where the name Alcoholic Cappuccino came from. Both rum and brandy help to intensify the flavour of chocolate (crème de cacao is a chocolate liqueur) so I’m itching to have some people over to try this out!

You will need -

3 cups coffee
3 cups half and half
4 oz crème de cacao
2 oz rum
2 oz brandy

Pop all of these ingredients into a saucepan together to heat through and then pour into cups to serve. I think that I would personally froth up some milk and add a little milk foam on the top and some grated chocolate which wasn’t in the original recipe, but looking at the ingredients I think it would really add something to it.

Baileys Cocktails

Baileys Irish Cream

Orgasm - a Baileys Cocktail Source: Stuart Webster via Flickr
Baileys Irish Cream has been a staple part of bars and many homes since it's inception in 1974. When it was first introduced to the world a cream liqueur was a novel concept and the world took to it immediately. Baileys is a combination of Irish whiskey and the finest Irish cream combined with a chocolate and caramel flavoring.

The 1980s cocktail scene saw a growth in the number of creamy cocktails being drunk, this was due to Baileys. Baileys mixes so well with so many other liqueurs and spirits that it really is a must have bar essential.

To make the Orgasm cocktail featured here simply take 1 oz of Baileys, 1 oz of Cointreau and 2/3 oz of Grand Marnier Liqueur - add to a cocktail shaker with ice, shake well and strain into an old fashioned glass. As you can see from the image Maraschino cherries make a great garnish!

Baileys and Kahlua

Coffee and Cream, a match made in heaven

Baileys mixes especially well with Kahlua as the cream flavors of the Baileys enhances the coffee taste of the Kahlua. I have combined the two of them really well in my own Choc Bunny cocktail and here are plenty of other cocktails with both Baileys and Kahlua in them.

Choc Bunny
1 part Baileys
1 part Kahlua
Chocolate milk

Shake Baileys and Kahlua together in a shaker with ice. Strain into a highball glass and top up with chocolate milk. This is one of my favorite go-to Baileys cocktails and I actually based it on cocktail named something bunny (I forget exactly what) which I had on the Kookaburra Queen in Brisbane. That cocktail used 'normal' milk, but one day at home I happened to have some chocolate milk and I thought using that in the cocktail would be nice.....I no longer make it with 'normal' milk and I renamed it the Choc Bunny because it really is a delicious, chocolately glass of heaven!

1 part Cointreau
1 part Baileys
1 part Kahlua
2 parts cream
½ cup ice

Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve in a cocktail glass.

International Incident
1 shot vodka
¾ shot kahlua
¾ shot amaretto
¾ shot frangelico
1 ½ shots Baileys

Place all of the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass to serve.

Burnt Almond Martini
1 ½ shots vodka
½ shot kahlua
½ shot Baileys
½ shot amaretto
2 shots cream

Place all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. To serve stain into a cocktail glass.

Baileys Smoothie
½ oz Baileys
½ oz Kahlua
½ oz Advocaat
2 oz cream
1 banana
½ cup ice

Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a goblet to serve with some grated chocolate sprinkled on top.

Baileys with Mint?

A delicious combo

Baileys creamy flavor also complements creme de menthe really well as these cocktails will show.

Snake in the Grass
2 parts Baileys
1 part Creme de Menthe
cream (optional)

Place the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass to serve.

Midnight Mint
1 ½ shots baileys
¾ shot white creme de cacao
¾ shot green creme de menthe

Place all of the ingredients along with some ice into a cocktail shaker and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass to serve.

Baileys and Chocolate

Chocolate and Cream, a real treat

Cream and chocolate are also tastes that go hand in hand and the same goes for Baileys and Creme de Cacao.

Quick Alexander
1 part Midori
1 part Baileys
1 part Creme de Cacao
3 parts cream

Place all of the ingredients, along with ice, in a cocktail shaker and shake. To serve strain into a cocktail glass.

2 shots vodka
1 shot white creme de cacao
1 shot baileys

Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass to serve.

Of course you've also got another type of Baileys which further shows how well Baileys and chocolate go together and that's Baileys Chocolate Luxe - one word, delicious. It's delicious on its own or substitute original Baileys for it in any of these recipes for a divine twist.

Baileys and Malibu

Coconut Cream - what more is there to say?

Coconut is another flavor that go well with cream. Take the coconut rum of Malibu and add it to the creaminess of Baileys and you are on to a winner.

1 part Baileys
1 part Malibu
4 parts milk

Place Baileys into a hurricane glass, add the Malibu and then the milk, carefully stirring.

2 parts Baileys
1 part Malibu
1 part vodka
dash of grenadine
½ cup ice

Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a goblet to serve.

Baileys and Fruit

Fruit and Cream, simple but delicious

Fruit and cream often go hand in hand with desserts, here are some sweet cocktails that prove that the creamy taste of Baileys also works well with fruit.

Irish Banana
1 part Banana Liqueur
1 part Baileys
1 part cream
½ banana
½ cup ice

Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a hurricane glass to serve.

Strawberry Kiss
30 ml Baileys
30 ml vanilla vodka
60 ml apple juice
5 ml grenadine
2 strawberries

Muddle the strawberries and vanilla vodka in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients as well as some ice and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass to serve.

Warm Baileys

Ideal for cooler temperatures

A warm cocktail is always delicious when the temperature starts to fall and Baileys can be heated without losing any of it's creamy flavor.

Cookies and Cream Cocktail
8 oz Baileys Irish Cream
8 oz Amaretto
½ tsp ground cinnamon

Combine the Baileys and Amaretto in a small saucepan and gently heat over a medium-low heat until warm (not hot). Stir in the cinnamon and pour into cocktail glasses to serve. Sprinkle extra cinnamon on the top if you desire.

Paula Deen Porcelain Nonstick 1-Quart Saucepan with SpoutsPaula Deen Porcelain Nonstick 1-Quart Saucepan with Spouts
I was shocked to realize a couple of years ago that not everyone has what I grew up calling a milk pan! If you don't already have one then consider buying this one to warm your Baileys in.

I love to use mine to make all kinds of hot chocolate drinks from classic to Mexican hot chocolate to adult versions and more.

As well as warming my Baileys up that is :)  

Still on the Bailey's theme making a hot chocolate and adding a slug of Baileys is another delicious way to enjoy your Baileys on a cold winter's night.

There are a number of new flavors of Baileys available in different parts of the world from Hazelnut to Mint, Caramel and the chocolate I've already mentioned. These lead to even more fun cocktail recipes to try, if you have a new flavor and you're not sure how to use it the just start by substituting it for the original and see if you want it mintier, more chocolatey, nuttier etc and then add more of those flavors to it.

Baileys Cocktails - delicious cocktail recipes to enjoy featuring Baileys

Friday, February 5, 2016

Cary Grant Cocktails

Cary Grant cocktails
Cary Grant

Cary Grant

Cary Grant makes you think of the words handsome and debonair and his movies invoke black and white imagery of a perfect world where the stars of the silver screen drank Champagne and cocktails while looking fabulous!

In real life Cary Grant's favorite cocktail was the classic martini (made with gin, naturally!). Author Ian Fleming was quite open about basing his famous character James Bond on Cary Grant which could explain why "Bond, James Bond," enjoys his martini shaken not stirred as well!

On screen Cary Grant drank a lot of different alcohol, in the times of black and white cinema cocktails were seen as glamorous and had a natural role on the screen. Here are a few of Cary Grant's Cocktails........


1 ½ oz brandy
½ oz white creme de menthe

Fill a mixing glass with ice, add the above ingredients and stir. Strain into an old fashioned glass and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Cary Grant drank Stingers in two movies - Kiss Them for Me and The Bishop's Wife.

In Kiss Them For Me Cary Grant played opposite Jayne Mansfield and Suzy Parker. He was a naval officer who was doing the PR circuit after behaving commendably during service.

In The Bishops Wife Cary Grant plays an angel sent down to help the Bishop (David Niven) and his wife (Loretta Young), Cary Grant and Loretta Young enjoy Stingers in the afternoon.

Cary Grant also gives his co-star Katherine Hepburn a Stinger in the movie The Philadelphia Story, while he and James Stewart drink Martinis.


2 measures scotch or bourbon
ginger ale

Put ice cubes into an old fashioned glass, pour in whisky and top up with ginger ale, stirring gently.

Cary Grant drank the Highball in The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer where he played an eligible batchelor that Shirley Temple's character fell in love with. Cary Grant's character fell in love with then much more appropriately aged older sister played by Myrna Loy.

Pink Lady - a Cary Grant Cocktail
Pink Lady
Pink Lady

1½ - 2oz gin
1 egg white
1 tsp grenadine
1 tsp double cream

Pour all of the ingredients, along with ice, into a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a martini glass to serve.

Cary Grant drank a Pink Lady in Topper. In the movie Topper Cary Grant and Constance Bennett star as ghosts of a fun loving couple who try andtry to make Topper have more fun!

Champagne Cocktail

Sugar cube
2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters
½ nip brandy

Place a sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute, put 2-3 dashes of bitters onto the cube. Pour the brandy into the glass and top up with champagne.

Cary Grant indulged in a Champagne Cocktail in the Oscar nominated love story, An Affair To Remember which also starred Deborah Kerr.


2 oz gin
2 drops dry vermouth
pearl onion

Combine the gin and vermouth, along with ice, in a cocktail shaker and shake – strain into a martini glass to serve and garnish with a pearl onion.

Cary Grant drinks a Gibson in one of his most famous movies - North By Northwest. Directed by Hitchcock and co-starring Eva Marie Saint this is one of my top 3 Cary Grant movies.

Cary Grant in North by Northwest


1 2/3 oz gin
1/3 oz dry vermouth

Pour the gin and vermouth into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass to serve and garnish with an olive.

That is a classic Martini that both Cary Grant and the 'original' James Bond enjoyed!

Of course you can't be Cary Grant without someone naming a cocktail after you -

Cary Grant cocktail

1 shot Tia Maria
1 shot Vodka
Juice of 1 Lime
Ice cubes

Fill Old-Fashioned glass with ice. Squeeze juice of one lime (or less, to taste), then pour equal parts Tia Maria and Vodka. Mix well, garnish with lime wedge.

As Cary Grant himself said,

“Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant.”

Cary Grant Cocktails - gorgeous Cary Grant inspired cocktails to make.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

1930s Movie Cocktails

Movie Cocktails of the 1930s

The black and white movies of the 1930s always appeared to be so glamorous. The movie stars were always seen drinking champagne and cocktails and smoking as though it was the most elegant thing in the world.

Smoking and drinking weren't taboo in the thirties and it showed in these movies. The women could be seen with long cigarette holders, smoking almost seductively while drinking copious amounts and they even wore real fur coats!

It was definitely a different time.

Martinis were certainly the cocktail of the 1930s if the movies are anything to go by as a number of them showed people sipping dry martinis.

Let's take a drunken walk down the red carpet and look at the cocktails in the movies.

The 1930s opened with the Mae West movie Every Day's a Holiday. In this classic movie we see Mae West and the others drink Bellinis. The movie also introduced the infamous one liner, you should get out of those wet clothes and into a Dry Martini
Bellini Recipe
The Bellini is a champagne cocktail made with -
2 oz peach juice or peach puree
4 oz champagne
Pour the peach juice or puree into the bottom of a champagne flute and then add the champagne slowly.

Bellini by Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr
Moving forward to 1934 we have the movie The Thin Man. In this movie not only do Dry Gin Martinis feature, but we also get lessons in how to shake a cocktail properly. According to William Powell the art of shaking is all about the rhythm -

He continued with -
Now a Manhattan you always shake to fox-trot time, a Bronx to two-step time, a dry martini you always shake to waltz time.
Dry Gin Martini Recipe
Now Martinis can be shaken or stirred, but in the movies they seem to be shaken more and with advice on the rhythm you can rest assured these were definitely being shaken!
3 shots gin
dash dry vermouth
dash of orange bitters (optional)
Martini via Pixabay
Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake 'to waltz time, of course' and then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an olive.
The following year - 1935, we see Clark Gable and Constance Bennet also indulging in Dry Martinis in the movie After Office Hours and in 1936 William Powell plays a butler who helps himself to Martinis in My Man Godfrey.
In My Man Godfrey, however William Powell indulges in Vodka Martinis which really bucks the trend of gin martinis at that particular time in history.
Vodka Martini
6 parts vodka
¼ tsp dry vermouth
Combine vodka and vermouth into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass to serve and garnish with an olive.
1935 sees Constance Cummings and Robert Young as a young couple in the movie Remember Last Night. After an alcohol fuelled night of partying it appears that the host has been murdered, but everyone drank too much to remember what happened!! Aside from sipping champagne through straws, knocking back the scotch and sodas and swilling down wine the cast also enjoyed Sidecars.
4 parts brandy
2 parts triple sec
2 parts fresh lemon juice
Place all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, with ice and shake well then strain into a cocktail glass.
Also in 1935 we see a Horse's Neck ordered in the film Top Hat starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
Horse's Neck
4 parts whisky
ginger ale
3 dashes angostura bitters
Fill a Collins glass with ice and add the whiskey. Fill with ginger ale, the angostura bitters and stir well.
Moving towards the end of the decade we see Bette Davis drinking Pink Gin in the 1939 movie Dark Victory.
Pink Gin
2 shots gin
3 dashes of angostura bitters
Splash the bitters into a chilled cocktail glass, swirl and then pour out the excess. Pour in chilled gin.
Pink Gin by Stuart Webster on Flickr

In another 1939 film - Remember? - Greer Garson, Lew Ayres and Robert Taylor all quaff Imperials
4 parts gin
2 parts dry vermouth
½ tsp maraschino liqueur
2 dashes angostura bitters.
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir well. Strain into a cocktail glass to serve.
Let me know if you enjoyed the lens or perhaps you can think of other movies that I have missed.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Green St Patrick's Day Cocktails

St Patrick's Day Cocktails to Make Your Friends Green with Envy

If you want to serve up some of the best St Patrick's Day cocktails then you need to mix up some of these green cocktails I've selected for you. Your friends will love them as they are not only great tasting they're also St Patrick's favorite color - GREEN!

Forget about painting the town red on St Patty's Day its time to paint the town green and the best way to do that is with one (or two, or three, or more) of these St Patrick's Day Cocktails.

Let your friends serve up their Baileys cocktails and their Irish Martinis - you'll blow their cocktails out of the water with these cocktail recipes and everyone will be talking about your green cocktails right through to the next St Patty's Day celebration!

Going Green

Green Cocktails - A Perfect Way to Celebrate St Patty's Day

These days going green means looking after our environment and watching our carbon footprint, but on St Patrick's Day it takes on a whole new meaning.

There are a number of alcoholic drinks which are green in color from the most obvious - Midori and creme de menthe to an oft-forgotten green liqueur called Green Chartreuse.

Green Chartreuse Cocktails

A Great Choice for St Patrick's Day

Green Chartreuse gets it's coloring from the chlorophyll found in the approximately 130 plants used to make the French liqueur. It has been around since the 1600s and was originally intended to be used as a medicine. The herbs used do give it a very "medicinal" taste. Only 2 or 3 (depending on your source) monks from the Order of Chartreuse know the secret recipe at any one time.

Green Martini

2 shots gin
½ shot green Chartreuse

Put both ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass to serve and garnish with an olive.

Everybody's Irish

4 parts Irish whiskey
1 part green Chartreuse
1 part green creme de menthe

Stir all of the ingredients together in a mixing glass with ice. To serve, strain into a cocktail glass.


2 parts green Chartreuse
2 parts kirschwasser
2 parts triple sec
1 tsp maraschino liqueur

Place all of the ingredients, along with ice, into a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass to serve

Pago Pago

6 parts gold rum
1 tsp white creme de cacao
1 tsp green Chartreuse
2 parts fresh lime juice
2 parts pineapple juice

Combine all of the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and shake, rattle and roll. Strain into an old-fashioned glass to serve.

Creme de Menthe Cocktails

Another Green Choice for St Patrick's Day

Green Creme de Menthe is a mint liqueur that is not only delicious, but also lends itself to a green hue making it perfect for your Green St Patrick's Day.

Irish Eyes

1 oz Irish whiskey
¼ oz green crème de menthe, green
2 oz cream

Place the whiskey, crème de menthe and cream into a shaker with ice cubes and shake well. Strain into an old-fashioned glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry to serve

Irish Pride

3 oz creme de menthe, green
3 oz Amaretto
2 oz lemon juice

Pour the creme de menthe into a highball glass, next pour in the Amaretto and follow with the lemon juice. Stir the ingredients together gently.

Green Fizz

½ tsp powdered sugar
1 egg white
½ lemon, juice of
2 oz dry gin
1 tsp green creme de menthe
carbonated water

Pour all of the ingredients (except the carbonated water)into a shaker along with ice. Shake well and strain into a highball glass. Top the glass up with carbonated water to serve.

Shamrock Cocktail

1 tsp green creme de menthe
½ oz vermouth
1½ oz Irish whiskey

Put all of the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir well. Strain into a cocktail glass to serve and garnish with an olive.

Midori Cocktails

More Green Cocktails for St Patrick's Day

Midori is a very famous melon liqueur that is a green color, a very refreshing liqueur it can be drunk with lemonade or you can try some of these delicious cocktails. The name Midori actually means green in Japanese so it really is an appropriate liqueur to be drinking on St Patrick's Day.

St. Patrick's Day Green Cocktail

1 oz Midori melon liqueur
1 oz whiskey sour mix
2 oz Sprite soda

Fill a highball glass with ice and then add the midori, sour mix and sprite. Stir before serving.

Midori Alexander recipe

2 oz Midori melon liqueur
1 oz white creme de cacao
2 oz half-and-half

Place all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a brandy snifter and garnish with a maraschino cherry to serve.

Midori Cosmopolitan

¾ oz Midori
2 oz citrus vodka
Splash of white cranberry juice

Place all of the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker along with ice and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass to serve.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Guinness Cocktails


Guinness Pint via Stephen Edgar on Flickr
Guinness cocktails have been known to be around since the late 1800s so some of these Guinness cocktail recipes are pretty established in the drinking world! Guinness cocktails are also a great way of drinking Guinness for those who find the creamy dark stout a little much on it's own.

Guinness was first brewed by Arthur Guinness in 1759 at his St James Gate Brewery in Dublin. This means that Guinness is celebrating 250 years of creamy goodness.

The creamy dark stout that goes by the name of Guinness must surely be one of Ireland's most famous exports. Arthur Guinness first exported Guinness to England in 1769 and over two centuries later Guinness is enjoyed all around the world even as far away as Australia.

Guinness is a delicious drink all by itself.......although there is much debate over whether it should carry a shamrock on top of it's creamy head or not. Some people, however, find that Guinness is a little too strong on it's own and this has led to a number of Guinness cocktails being created over the years. The first known official Guinness cocktail has been around since 1861 so using Irelands "black magic" in a cocktail is not something new.

Guinness Cocktails

Two of the older Guinness Cocktails in Record are the Black Velvet and the Black and Tan. Black Velvet was first created in 1861 to mourn the passing of Britain's Prince Albert (Queen Victoria's husband). The Black and Tan was first recorded in 1889, although variations (using British stouts) appear to have been around since the 1700s.

Black Velvet

1 part Guinness
2 parts Champagne

Pour Guinness into a chilled Champagne flute. Next add the Champagne carefully - it should not mix with the Guinness, and serve.

Black and Tan

1 part lager
1 part Guinness

Half fill a pint glass or schooner with lager and then carefully pour the Guinness on the top (pouring over the back of a spoon is a great method) trying to avoid any splashing which will allow the two beers to mix.

Black and Gold

A variation of the Black and Tan

1 part Guinness
1 part cider

As with the Black and Tan you half fill your glass with cider and then carefully layer the Guinness on the top.

Guinness Shandy

1/2 pint Guinness
1/2 pint lemonade

Pour the Guinness into a pint glass and top up with the lemonade.

More Guinness Cocktails

A more modern take on the Guinness cocktail is the introduction of energy drinks, personally I do not believe that drinks such as Red Bull should be added to alcohol. I am well aware that this is a growing trend however and so I am including a recipe for Black Bull. Guinness also goes well with shots of different liqueurs and spirits.

Black Bull

1 part Guinness
1 part Red Bull

Pour a tin of Red Bull into a pint glass and top up with Guinness.

Dublin Milkshake

1 pint of Guinness
1 shot Tia Maria

The easiest way of making this drink is to pour a short pint of Guinness (a cheats way if you're with friends is to get them to take a swig out of a full pint!) add a shot of Tia Maria. This really accentuates the chocolaty overtones of Guinness - yum!

Black Custard

1 pint of Guinness
1 shot Baileys

As with the Dublin Milkshake pour a pint of Guinness slightly short of the top of the pint glass and add a shot of Baileys.

I hope you've enjoyed a few of these Guinness cocktails, I was also told recently that adding blackcurrant to Guinness was a nice touch and I must admit I'm looking forward to trying that as it sounds delicious. Let me know your favorite Guinness Cocktail below.