To celebrate the Irish in all of us, how about a creamy green cocktail that tastes like a thin mint for all my Bourbon Women out there? We all love a good St Patrick’s Day cocktail, and I’ve never tried to make a green whiskey cocktail before, and it’s March, AND Girl Scout Cookie season so I immediately went to the flavors in my fridge-chilled thin mints.
This creamy, fun concoction is a hint of whimsy and a celebration of all things Irish for my fellow Bourbon Women – a little whiskey, a little cream, and some chocolate at the end of the rainbow. To take this over the top, garnish with crushed chocolate mint cookies – if you’ve still got any. It’s a whiskey drink that’s here to play and doesn’t take itself seriously.
When I started to put together the cocktail, I wanted to build something serious and elegant, but then I realized that in the spirit of St Patty’s Day and my Irish lineage that cocktails for St Patrick’s day are meant to be fun and whimsical. They’re meant to play a bit and keep all our seriousness at bay. So I got out a container of cream, every chocolate liqueur I had at home, and a box of Girl Scout Thin Mints for inspiration. . . er. . . garnish. Yes, for garnish, that’s right. There was no unauthorized consumption of girl scout cookies in the development of this cocktail.
For this particular St Patrick’s cocktail, since I wanted to get close to the taste of a cookie, I went with Faretti Chocolate liqueur. It has a buttery, almost almond taste to it, but still a wealth of chocolate flavor. It’s not something I like to drink on it’s own as it’s too sweet for me and the pastry taste is a little odd if I’m just sipping it neat. But, added to a cocktail with cream and bourbon and a hint of mind and you’re golden.
The notes below include instructions on batching this cocktail for 4 servings if you’ve got some Bourbon Women coming over to celebrate St Patty’s Day with you.
Tipsy Pixie – A Bourbon Women St Patrick’s Day Cocktail
- 1.5 oz cream
- 1.5 oz bourbon
- 0.75 oz Faretti Chocolate liqueur (you can use any chocolate liqueur, but Faretti has a rich pastry flavor to it and pairs well as we’re going for that cookie taste)
- 0.5 simple syrup
- 0.25 crème de menthe use the green kind to get this lovely pale green color
- Garnish: crushed chocolate mint cookies or a single mint leaf floated on the top
- Add the cocktail ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake well to combine and double strain into a chilled coupe glass that’s been rimmed with crushed chocolate mint cookies OR carefully float a single mint leaf on top.