Most know that the shamrock is a clover-like plant that is almost always associated with Ireland. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the Sparkling Shamrock is typically a St. Patrick’s cocktail celebration.
St. Patrick’s Day, for those who don’t know, is a religious tradition that also doubles as a massive drinking celebration that has actually spread internationally, in countries that don’t even have a significant Catholic population. Green is associated with the holiday, which is why millions of people around the world drink green beer. They also drink various green cocktails, and the sparkling shamrock is one of them. However, a good cocktail is a good cocktail year-round, and there is no reason that the Sparkling Shamrock needs to pigeonholed into one day.
- 1 ½ parts of vodka
- ½ St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
- 2 parts juiced cucumber
- ½ part simple syrup
- ½ part lemonade or club soda (preference)
- Mint leaves/lemon zest/cucumber slice (garnish options)
- Mix all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice.
- Shake, then double strain.
- Serve in a highball glass.
- Choose a garnish optional.
- Top with lemonade or club soda.
- Cocktail shaker
- Highball glass
One obvious option is to use a flavored vodka, especially if one wants to keep up the St. Patricks theme, and use a flavor associated with the holiday. Of course, a garnish can serve to green up the cocktail, as well, as mint leaves and cucumber slices are both options. For those who prefer a lemon zest, that can work, as well. The elderflower and mint provide an herbal feel to the cocktail that helps it stand out from other St. Patricks Day drinks. A pear-infused vodka goes especially well with this particular cocktail, as well. While the Sparkling Shamrock may not be readily available outside of St. Patricks Day, it doesnt mean that you cant make it for yourself and your loved ones, at any time of year. Because of the fruit/mint combination, its a great choice for the summer and/or spring. Enjoy!