Photo Credit: Arrogante Tequila
While some may thoroughly enjoy downing green beer or other green beverages to celebrate Irish culture and heritage on St. Patrick’s day, this recipe gives you an option to make a green cocktail without the help of food coloring! Yes, kiwis have nothing to do with Ireland, but they are tasty and make a beautifully colored concoction. Celebrate the occasion in confidence with this light, refreshing, and extremely green cocktail made with kiwis, green tea, and mint - sláinte! (That’s Irish Gaelic for cheers!)
Makes 1 glass // Prep Time: 5 minutes // Active Time: 5 minutes
- 1 rounded tsp loose leaf or 1 sachet/bag green tea
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- 1 kiwi, peeled
- 5 fresh mint leaves
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 oz (2 tbsp) agave syrup, simple syrup, or honey
- 2 oz vodka, gin, or tequila
- Ice cubes
- A mint sprig and/or kiwi slice for garnish
Heat water to 175°F and steep tea for 1-3 minutes. Remove (strain) tea and set aside to cool to room temperature (15 minutes), add in some ice cubes to help your tea cool down faster!
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the kiwi, mint leaves, lime juice, and sweetener with a muddler or end of a wooden spoon. Add in a handful of ice and your alcohol of choice and shake well (about 15-20 seconds). Strain into a cocktail glass over ice, add in the green tea, and gently stir. Garnish with a mint sprig and/or a kiwi round and enjoy!