Fancy Bar Chef: Green With Envy

Dear Fancy Bar Chef,

With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Saturday this year, I am hosting a pre-going-out party for my friends. I’m going to have some Guinness beer along with some Jameson Irish whiskey but I also wanted something a little easier for me to drink. I like sweet and chocolate drinks, and I wouldn’t mind if it is green.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day,
Amanda in Columbia

Dearest Amanda,

I always love the pre-party ideas for big drinking holidays like St. Patrick’s Day, New Year’s Eve and Mother’s Day. You can still hang out with your friends and not have to hang out with befuddled adults wearing funny hats if you don’t want to.

This year, Amanda, I give you two options for you and your friends, depending on your moods, and yes, they will be green in color.

First up, we have a drink called the Green Russian. It is a boozy mixture of vodka and green crème de menthe with a splash of soda water. No Kahlua in this Russian. It has a pretty emerald green color and can be garnished with whipped cream to lend some sweetness.

Our second drink of the evening is one I like to call The Chocolate Chip Mint. It is vanilla vodka, Frangelico, green crème de menthe and half-and-half served up or on the rocks in a chocolate-syrup-garnished cocktail glass. It looks great and tastes even better. Again, I like to garnish with a bunch of fresh mint or some whipped cream. It’s your drink after all, so your imagination is your only real limit.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Amanda!

Love,
The Fancy Bar Chef

The Green Russian

1½ ounces vodka
1½ ounces green crème de menthe
Splash of soda water to fill glass
Serve on the rocks. Garnish with whipped cream and fresh mint.

The Mint Chocolate Chip

1 ounce vanilla vodka
1 ounce Frangelico
1 ounce crème de menthe
1 ounce half-and-half
Shake/strain into ice-filled glass. Line inside of glass with chocolate syrup. Garnish with whipped cream and fresh mint.

Aaron Brown tends bar at Bleu Restaurant & Wine Bar in downtown Columbia and at The Bridge in the North Village Arts District. Every month you can find him in the pages of Inside Columbia, concocting tasty drinks you can make at home. Follow the Fancy Bar Chef on Facebook (www.facebook.com/fancybarchef) and Twitter (@roontaaron).

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