St. Patrick’s Day is often, for those who celebrate, a day to go out, drink green beer, and bring out our inner lively leprechauns. But what if those of us who aren’t beer drinkers also want a touch o’ the Irish green? These two verdant suggestions, one alcoholic and one rich and wholesome, are both tasty and free of food colouring.
First up, The Green Lantern. Fizzy, citrusy, herbaceous and immensely refreshing, it’s good on its own, or mixed with vodka or gin. Boozers beware, however – it’s easy to lose track of the alcohol in this drink! Since this only takes a few seconds to whip up in the blender, make it shortly before it will be served – the colour will turn if it’s kept for too long.
The Green Lantern*
1 cup packed basil leaves (parsley can also be used, but is not recommended for those sensitive to cilantro flavours)
1 teaspoon grated lime zest
1 cup cold water
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup sugar
1 275 ml bottle of Sprite
vodka or gin (optional)
Purée all ingredients except Sprite in a blender. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large glass measure. Mix in Sprite and add vodka or gin to your preferred potency.
*This recipe is adapted from Epicurious. You can view the original recipe here.
Secondly, an alternative to McDonald’s famous Shamrock Shake. I’ll admit to never having tried this shake, being neither a fan of McDonald’s nor amenable to the combination of mint and cream. Instead, here’s a recipe for an Avocado Coconut Milkshake – creamy, rich and lactose free!
Avocado Coconut Shake
1 400 ml can of coconut milk, stirred
3″ section of an English cucumber
juice from 1/2 lime
6 tbsp sugar (or more, to taste)
Purée in a blender and serve. Simple as that!