3-Ingredient Trader Joe's Cocktail I'm Making for St. Patrick's Day

As someone who lacks Irish ancestry, I don't tend to go out for St. Patrick's Day. I remember bouncing around my apartment in my Boston days, hearing the sounds of gangs all day and night.

Although I no longer live in a particularly Irish city, I largely avoid the parades, parties and daytime bars, swapping for a cozy night at home. Sometimes I make soda bread, sometimes I gather with a few friends to enjoy beef stew. And while I love a good Guinness, I only want it when it's poured well from a trusted pub, so when St. Patrick's Day rolls around I stick to Irish whiskey.

This year, I headed to Trader Joe's (as I often do!) for some St. Patty's cocktail inspiration. I quickly snagged a bottle of their Irish whiskey, which is only $15.99 at my store and tastes similar to Jameson at half the price.

I filled my basket with some fun mixers and started experimenting. I ended up with a cocktail that's not only ideal for St. Patrick's Day, it's perfect for spring and just overall delicious. This year, ditch the green beer and make a naturally green cocktail instead!

Just Recipes / Laurel Randolph

My 3-Ingredient St. Patrick's Day Trader Joe's Cocktail Recipe

To make two cocktails, you will need:

Place the matches and water in a cocktail shaker or large jar with a lid. Stir until the matcha is mostly dissolved. Add whiskey and lemonade and top with ice. Stir until the mixture is cool and the matcha has dissolved, about 10 seconds.

Fill two highball or cocktail glasses with ice. Strain the mixture over the top and garnish with a lemon wedge.

Simple tip!

It's easy to halve a cocktail recipe. Use 1/2 of a packet of matches.

Why this cocktail is perfect for St. Patrick's Day

This cocktail recipe was inspired by Food & Wine's Matcha Highball. Matcha might not be the first thing you think of when you think of St. Patty's Day, but it's a natural way to add a distinctive green hue to this cocktail. It also includes lovely vegetal notes, which pair well with the natural sweetness of the lemon and whiskey. It really makes this drink taste like spring in a glass.

You can adjust the color and amount of matcha flavor by adding or subtracting matcha powder. If you're not sure how your guests feel about matcha, you can use 1/4 teaspoon per drink (about 1/4 of a packet) and still get the green color. are The flavor will be very subtle, letting the whiskey and lemonade shine through.

Irish whiskey makes this drink more appropriate than a St. Patrick's Day color. If you're not a whiskey fan, this would be just as good with vodka. For a bubbly sipper, reduce the lemonade by half and top each glass with club soda.

Just Recipes / Laurel Randolph

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