Considering how few of us English folk know when St. Georges Day is, it always makes me smile at the extent of celebrations that happen around the country when it gets to March 17th – St Patrick’s Day. He has nothing to do with about 75% of us at all, but seeing as the Irish are so damn good at having a craic, we may as well join in, right?
It’s a bizarre coincidence that 8 out of 10 of my closest friends are from the Emerald Isle – but it does mean that I am quite used to a good old Irish party. Tonight I will be wearing green with the best of them and raising a little glass (or 6) to St Paddy. There’s an Irish pub on almost every street in London so there’s no shortage of places to join in…but if you prefer to stay at home and away from the Guinness swilling hoards, why not try one of these little green beauties using Russian Standard Vodka instead?
Cucumbers are delicious in cocktails and couldn’t be better than when they’re served with ice cold vodka in this crisp green shooter; a nod to two of my favourite kitchen items: cucumbers and Russian Standard Vodka.
- 30ml Russian Standard
- 60g Fresh cucumber
- 15ml Apple liqueur
How to make it:
Remove rind from cucumber and muddle in a mixing glass. Add vodka and apple liqueur and shake vigorously with ice. Pour into shot glass and garnish with a slice of cucumber. Errrrm, YUM.
Everyone loves a classic Mojito, but Vodka gives the Mojito a second wind – or rather, a second flurry. Russian Standard’s crisp, clean spirit offers more breathing room to the mint leaves and makes for a lighter, less sweet approach to this contemporary classic…but we warn you, this is a little bit too easy to enjoy so please drink responsibly!
- 40ml Russian Standard
- 30ml Fresh lime juice
- 3 fresh mint sprigs
- 2 tsp. Sugar
- Soda Water
How to make it:
Muddle the mint and sugar in a high ball glass. Fill with ice, add vodka and lime juice and stir. Finish with a dash of soda and garnish with a sprig of mint.
Let’s all say thank you to St Patrick for giving us a perfectly legitimate excuse to get legless on a school night! Enjoy yourselves and stay safe x