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Green Punch Recipes (Alcoholic)

St. Patrick's Day Punch (poorgirlsguidechicago.com)

St. Patrick’s Day Punch (poorgirlsguidechicago.com)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Hosting a party? We’ve got your green punch recipes covered! As part of our DIY Holiday + Party Kit series, we’re giving you our favorite St. Paddy’s Day punch recipes. 

Choose your liquor – champagne, vodka or whiskey – and check out the recipes below!

Green Champagne Punch:

Ingredients

  • 2 (1/4 ounce) packages lemon-lime Kool-Aid (powdered mix)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 (46 ounce) can or jug of pineapple juice
  • 1 quart of cold water
  • 1 (2 liter) bottles ginger ale
  • 2 Bottles of champagne

Directions

  1. Chill liquid ingredients
  2. In a large punch bowl, mix the drink mix, sugar, pineapple juice and water (this makes A LOT of punch, depending on your punch bowl you can also split the batch and refill as needed)
  3. Add ginger ale and champagne

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D.I.Y. Printable St. Patrick’s Day Banner

Print At Home St. Patrick's Day Banner

Print At Home St. Patrick’s Day Banner

As part of our DIY Holiday + Party Kit series, we’re giving you a FREE DIY printable  St. Patrick’s Day banner. Just print and hang this adorable pennant banner for a fun touch of the Irish! Will only cost you paper and string!

DIY Guide:

Print At Home St. Patrick's Day Banner

Print At Home St. Patrick’s Day Banner

Supplies:

Steps:

  1. Download + print the banner (print on 8.5 x 11 paper in color)
  2. Cut out each triangle
  3. Hole punch two holes at the top corners of each triangle
  4. Measure + cut string so that it goes through all 13 triangles with enough extra room on either side to hang
  5. Run string through each hole and hang banner(C) Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago————————————————-This article is part of The D.I.Y. Holiday + Party Kit Series:

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Corned Beef & Cabbage Recipe

Corned Beef And Cabbage Recipe (poorgirlsguidechicago.com)

Corned Beef And Cabbage Recipe (poorgirlsguidechicago.com)

As part of our DIY Holiday + Party Kit series, we’re giving you our favorite recipe for corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots.

Corned Beef & Cabbage Recipe (poorgirlsguidechicago.com)

Corned Beef & Cabbage Recipe (poorgirlsguidechicago.com)

Ingredients

(These portions make 5 servings)

  • 3 pounds corned beef brisket with spice packet
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of black peppercorn
  • 5 tablespoons of spicy mustard
  • 10 small red potatoes
  • 5 carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 1 large head cabbage, cut into small wedges I also use a mixture of green and red cabbage for variety) Continue reading

Recipe: Green RumChata Shots

Green St. Patrick's Day Rum Chata (poorgirlsguidechicago.com)

Green St. Patrick’s Day RumChata (poorgirlsguidechicago.com)

Well folks, I don’t think this recipe can get an easier! As part of our DIY Holiday + Party Kit series, we’re giving you some of our favorite (easy and cheap) ideas for St. Patrick’s Day. This is a super quick way to add a little St. Paddy to your party.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 bottle of green food coloring
  • 1 750 ml bottle of RumChata

Directions:

  1. Pour half a bottle of green good coloring in to the RumChata bottle
  2. Close the lid tight and give it a shake (use more or less for the color green you desire)
  3. Chill, serve and enjoy!

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VIDEO: Red White And Blue Layered Drink Recipe

 

 

Watch our how-to video for a quick demo on how to get the layered effect in this red, white and blue layered drink. Instructions and quantities are listed below. Cheers!

 

Red white and blue layered drink (Poor Girl's Guide Chicago)

Red white and blue layered drink (Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago)

SMALL BATCH / INDIVIDUAL DRINK RECIPE:

 

Ingredients:

 

Red= 

  • Hawaiian Punch OR
  • Cranberry Juice
  • *Mix alcohol here (optional, I use Vodka)

 

Blue =

  • Light blue Gatorade, watered down with any of these options….
  • Diet Sprite, Diet 7-Up, Soda Water, Plain Water

 

White = Ice

Quantities:

 

  • Red drink & Vodka mix = 1/3
  • Blue drink (75%) & water or clear diet drink to dilute it (25%)= 1/3
  • Ice = 1/3

 

For this drink, I use thirds to make it easy. The amounts will vary depending on how many you’re making and the size of the glasses.

 

Red white and blue layered drink (Poor Girl's Guide Chicago)

Red white and blue layered drink (Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago)

 

Instructions:

 

The key to this drink is the sugar levels. The more sugary drink will stay on the bottom and drink with less sugar will float to the top. Mix your alcohol in the red layer so the extra sugar will help keep it at the bottom. With the ice included, you’ll get the red, white and blue layered effect!

 

  1. In 1 cocktail shaker mix your desired red drink with alcohol if you’re using it. For 4 drinks, I use 6 shots of vodka and fill the rest of the cocktail shaker with cranberry juice or Hawaiian Punch
  2.  Pour red mixture in to empty glasses
  3.  Add ice so your cups are now 1/3 red, 1/3 ice. Use plenty of ice to act as a separator between the red and blue. Eventually the ice will float to the top.
  4.  In the 2nd cocktail shaker, mix 75% blue drink with 25% clear liquid, choices noted above
  5.  Pour blue drink SLOWLY directly over the ice to avoid mixing

 

*Garnish with American flag toothpicks, red or blue berries & enjoy!

 

 

 

LARGE BATCH / DRINK DISPENSER RECIPE:

 Ingredients:

  • Same as above

 

Quantities:

 

  • Red =  2 Liter or large bottle of cranberry or punch
  • Blue = 4 large light blue Gatorades, watered down 1/4 a liter of any of these options: Diet Sprite, Diet 7-Up, Soda Water, Plain Water
  • White = ice

 

Instructions:

 

  1. Same as above for small batch recipe
  2. Replace cocktail shakers with pitchers and pre-mix separately before pouring in to the dispenser
  3. Follow the same order – 1) red, 2) Ice 3) blue mix

 

Valentine’s Day Drink Recipes

Whether you’re staying in or going out this Valentine’s Day, we’ve gathered up some great Valentine’s Day drink recipes. Part of our DIY Holiday + Party Kit series.

Try these at home or at the local hot spots below!

Darling Clementine

Ketel One Oranje vodka
Strawberry puree
Lemon juice
Champagne

Instructions:

All items are combined in a shaker then strained into a flute, then topped with champagne.

Credit: James Brown, Market Bar Chicago, www.marketbarchicago.com

Strawberry Kiss
– 1 1/2 oz. Absolut Vanilia
– 1/2 oz. strawberry liqueur
– Splash of CranPineapple juice

Instructions:

Combine ingredients and top with champagne.

Credit: Absolut, www.absolut.com

The Stag

Makers Mark
Chartreuse
St Germain
Lime

(served rocks)

Credit: Christina Santarelli, ROOF, www.thewithotel.com

The Looker

Ketel Citroen
St Germain
Crème de Violette
Orange
Lemon

(served in a flute)

Credit: Christina Santarelli, ROOF, www.thewithotel.com


(credit: absolut.com)

Cherry Crush
2 Parts ABSOLUT KURANT
2 Dashes Lime Juice
1 Part Cherry Puree
2 Whole Cherry

Instructions:
Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with cherry.

Credit: Absolut, www.absolut.com

Passionate Affair

(credit: greygoose.com)

A Passionate Affair

1 1/2 parts GREY GOOSE® L’Orange Flavored Vodka
1 1/2 parts cranberry juice
1/2 part passion fruit
6 raspberries
1 tsp sugar syrup
1/2 part fresh lime juice

Instructions:

In a cocktail shaker, mix the seeds and pulp from half a passion fruit. Add the
other ingredients with plenty of ice and shake hard. Strain through a fine sieve into
a martini glass and garnish with raspberries.

Tips:
Experiment with limes from different parts of the world and notice how the flavor
of the drink changes in subtle ways.

Credit: Grey Goose, www.greygoose.com

Femme Fatale

1 3/4 part Grey Goose Original

1/3 Gancia Americano

1/3 part lychee juice

1/2 part raspberry puree

1/3 part Chambord

1/2 part lemon juice

2 drops of Rose water

Instructions:

Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with cubed ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass filled with cubed ice. Serve with a black rose.

Credit: Grey Goose, www.greygoose.com


-Cheers!