Saint Patrick’s Day is always a fun holiday to enjoy time with friends. I thought I would share a couple delicious but simple St Paddys Day Cocktail Recipes. I include a cocktail and a mocktail version as I don’t want to leave the non-drinkers or designated drivers out!
These cocktails involve Ginger Beer or Ginger Ale. I admit I do not usually drink soda sue to the high sugar content (and I hate the taste of artificial sweeteners so diet is out). I consider soda a “sometimes treat” and I do enjoy an occasional Ginger Ale. When I drink soda, I prefer a high quality soda in a glass bottle. I am not sure why, but there is just something about the bottle. I was offered a sample of Reeds Ginger Brew to use to develop a cocktail recipe. I was excited because I sometimes indulge in a half bottle of Reeds at my local independent cinema.
St Paddy’s Day Cocktail Recipes
Make it a Cocktail…
This cocktail is inspired by the warm, spicy flavor of Reed’s Ginger Beer and a drink mixed by a local Mixologist called “John MacClane”. It isn’t a duplicate of that drink since I don’t know exactly what is in it, but based on the flavors I could detect I included fresh lime juice, Reed’s Ginger Beer and Irish Whiskey (in honor of St Paddy!)
Directions are simple….
- Cut a lime in half and juice half (I use 1/2 lime per drink, you can adjust to taste)
Add 2CL Whiskey (or 4 CL if you prefer something stronger–either work)
Add 4-6 ounces Reed’s Ginger Beer (I get a little more than 2 drinks per 12 ounce bottle)
Make it a Mocktail…
I am not a big fan of whiskey though I do enjoy this cocktail. However, I actually find the mocktail even tastier! The tartness of the lime balances out the sweetness of the Ginger Beer. It is simple, but my favorite way to enjoy Ginger Beer.
Directions are even simpler….
- Cut a lime in half then juice half of it (I use 1/2 lime per drink, you can adjust to taste)
2. Add 4-6 ounces Reed’s Ginger Beer (I get a little more than 2 drinks per 12 ounce bottle)
- Garnish with a lime wedge or any fruit you prefer. Optional- you could also add a splash of grenadine (I didn’t due to the St Paddy’s Day theme).
About Reeds Ginger Brew
Like I said, Feeling Fit does not advocate daily soda consumption! I consider it a sometimes treat. I like Reed’s Ginger Beer because it tastes strongly of Ginger! According to the label, each bottle contains 26 grams of fresh ginger.
The ginger beer used contains: sparkling filtered water (sweetened by a blend of raw sugar cane, pineapple juice, and honey), fresh ginger root, lemon and lime juices, and spices.
I like that those are all ingredients I might cook with or use (though the spices are a mystery).
Reeds has other flavors available, for more information about Reed’s Ginger Beer and Sodas, visit their website.