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Pissed Leprechaun – Green Suze Cocktail

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Pissed Leprechaun - Green Suze Cocktail on ice with lemon twist
Pissed Leprechaun – Green Suze Cocktail

I swore I wasn’t going to post a kelly green cocktail for St Patrick’s Day. Turns out I was lying because I came up with this green Suze cocktail I’m calling the Pissed Leprechaun. Some French liqueur Suze, whiskey, and pineapple is a brilliant combination – and it becomes brilliant green with the addition of a touch of blue curaçao. Perfect for a non-traditional St Paddy’s cocktail.

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What’s Suze?

If you missed my earlier post of a Suze Sour, take a minute to head over there for more information Suze. In short, it’s a bittersweet, herbaceous French aperitif made with gentian root and other botanicals. 

The liqueur is very aggressive as a cocktail ingredient. In that way, it reminds me of Fernet Branca. Suze drinks, in general, have quite a palate punch – I wouldn’t drink them first unless you’ll be following it with other recipes just as bitter and dry.

Flavors in the Pissed Leprechaun

Pissed Leprechaun - Green Suze Cocktail on ice with lemon twist
Pissed Leprechaun – Green Suze Cocktail

In addition to the woody flavors from the Suze, I’ve added a bit of Irish whiskey and pineapple whiskey. Now, the Irish whisky isn’t strong enough to get through the Suze completely but adds a bit of sweetness to it. The pineapple flavor melds with the citrus notes from the Suze, sweetening it considerably and pulling out a tropical side of the liqueur. It really makes me want to try it out in some Tiki cocktails. 

While you could create this pineapple syrup by using equal parts of pineapple juice and sugar, I prefer using sugar on fresh pineapple to draw out a beautiful, colorful, fresh yellow syrup. 

Just a small splash of curaçao turns the yellow drink bright green and adds only a smidge of extra citrus flavor and sweetness to it. 

This cocktail is very dry. It’s woody and sweet at the same time. But if dry cocktails bother your palate, skip this one. In general, Suze dries out a cocktail, even with added sweetener. 

But that color!

How to Make a Pissed Leprechaun

To make this gorgeous green Suze cocktail, take a minute to gather an Irish whisky, Suze, pineapple whiskey or liqueur, pineapple syrup and blue curaçao. Add the Suze, pineapple whiskey/liqueur, pineapple syrup and blue curaçao to a mixing glass with ice. 

Stir for 30 seconds and strain into a rocks glass filled with one large cube. I garnished with lemon to tie the citrus of the pineapple flavors and Suze, but mint would be an amazing combination here. 

Pissed Leprechaun - Green Suze Cocktail on ice with lemon twist
Pissed Leprechaun – Green Suze Cocktail

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Pissed Leprechaun - Green Suze Cocktail on ice with lemon twist

Pissed Leprechaun – Green Suze Cocktail

Picture of Heather Wibbels, Cocktail Contessa, pouring a cocktailHeather Wibbels
Get your bitter on with this green Suze cocktail designed for St Patrick’s day fun. Bitter, sweet, and dry, it’s a curious but compelling cocktail I keep coming back to.
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Course Drinks
Cuisine whiskey cocktail
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 1 oz Suze
  • 1 oz WhiskeySmith Co Pineapple Whiskey
  • 1 oz Irish whisky (don't use the good stuff, the Suze can overpower it here)
  • 1/2 oz pineapple syrup
  • scant 1/4 oz blue curacao
  • Garnish: lemon twist or mint sprig

Instructions
 

  • Combine Suze, pineapple liqueur, Irish whisky, pineapple syrup, and blue curaçao to a mixing glass. Add ice and stir for about 30 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass with one large cube and garnish with a lemon twist or mint sprig.

Notes

Pineapple Syrup ** 
Cut up one small pineapple into small pieces and weigh. Weigh out the same amount of sugar and mix the two. Let sit out on a counter for 6-12 hours, or until the pineapple, syrup fills up the bottom of the mixing cup. Strain and store in the fridge. If you add a splash of vodka it will keep for 3-4 weeks. Save the sweetened pineapple chunks to top an ice cream sundae or pancakes.
Keyword blue curacao, irish whisey, pineapple, suze
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By on March 18th, 2021
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About Heather Wibbels

Heather Wibbels is a whiskey enthusiast (Executive Bourbon Steward, no less) with a passion for cocktails. She loves researching and designing cocktails, drinking cocktails, and teaching cocktails. Mostly whiskey cocktails, given her Kentucky location

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