Shamrock Juice

Need another green cocktail in your life? The Shamrock Juice fills that bill. The standard version of this recipe calls for one and a half ounces each of gin, vodka, rum, tequila and blue curacao, which is the equivalent of something like three and a half standard drinks. That sounded to me like a recipe for the worst hangover ever, so I modified this one to use half-ounces of everything but the curacao, which gets a full ounce. It’s still a strong drink, it’s just not enough to flatten you after one.

Shamrock Juice cocktail recipe: Gin, Tequila, Rum, Vodka, Blue Curacao, Orange Juice

The way you pour this one, you get a blue hue along the bottom, and above that is green from the orange juice mixing with the blue curacao.

Shamrock Juice cocktail recipe: Gin, Tequila, Rum, Vodka, Blue Curacao, Orange Juice

You can serve it like that, and then guests can stir it, and you lose the blue at the bottom and the green becomes more emerald.

Shamrock Juice cocktail recipe: Gin, Tequila, Rum, Vodka, Blue Curacao, Orange Juice

The dominant flavor here is orange, and it’s so dominant that it pretty much pushes all other notes into oblivion. The color is a bright festive green.

Shamrock Juice cocktail recipe: Gin, Tequila, Rum, Vodka, Blue Curacao, Orange Juice

And yes, a regular orange is fine for garnish, possibly even preferable. I just ended up snowed in with only Cara Caras on hand, and you don’t let lack of garnish stop you – ever.

Recipe

  • 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounces white tequila
  • 1/2 ounces light rum
  • 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce Blue Curacao
  • 4 ounces fresh squeezed orange juice

Fill a hurricane or parfait glass with ice. Pour in the liquors and top off with the orange juice. Garnish with an orange wheel and cherries.

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