Slainte- Cheers in Ireland-Irish Martini

Slainte- Cheers in Ireland-Irish Martini

I could not let this day go by without one more libation to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

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This one is simple. Although I am not a lover of creme de minthe, (or green beer) I only added a dash or two, for color and a subtle minty taste.

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Irish Martini

Ingredients

2 ounces gin
1 ounce clear vermouth
Dash of green creme de minthe

Method

Fill a mixing glass with ice.
Pour ingredients into glass.
Stir well, but don’t shake.
Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Note: I usually like my martinis at about 5-1. This is a drink I found in the UK, where they made it 1 to 1. This is too  sweet for me so I compromised with 2 to 1. However 1 to 1 would work as a dessert drink. As always, make it your way.

The toast, slainte, meaning cheers,  is pronounced sloncha, according to Irish historian, Dick O’Dowd. Go Irish!

One Responseto “Slainte- Cheers in Ireland-Irish Martini”

  1. Brenda Hill says:

    My friend, writer Karen O’Dowd sent in an
    innovative addition to this Irish martini drink.
    After pouring into a chilled martini glass, add a
    frozen kumquat to the glass. Such fun to mix orange
    with green. Another twist … garnish your
    drink with orange and lime peels.

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