It’s Saint Patrick’s Day! Here in the US that mostly means wearing green, pinching people that are not wearing green, and drinking! If you are lucky enough to live in an area with an active Irish community, it can also be a great time to learn more about Irish Cultural Heritage.
Here in the Tallahassee/Big Bend Area we are lucky to have a small but active Irish community. Every year they put on a Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. This year the parade was a lot of fun. Even The Boy, who generally hates the large crowds and loud noises inherent in parades, had a great time. That is probably because the Saint Patrick’s Day parade is a rather more intimate affair than most parades. The Saint Patrick’s Day parade is not a big parade by any means. There are not a lot of people in the actual parade, and there are not huge crowds attending. From beginning to end the parade took less than 5 minutes to pass by us, and took at most 30 minutes to make the entire 0.6 mile circuit around Lake Ella. The people in the parade that hand out candy and necklaces to the kids were able to literally hand out candy and necklaces to the kids rather than throwing it in the general direction of the kids in the crowd, and everyone was very friendly. Generally my kids want to go back home as soon as a parade is over, so I was pleasantly surprised when they asked to stay longer. We made our own circuit around the lake before we left, exploring the stands and booths set up for the festival along the way.
But today is Saint Patrick’s Day, which requires some celebration. If you are staring a pint of green beer in the face, and feeling a bit green yourself, I would like to offer an alternative; The Grasshopper. The Grasshopper is a mint chocolate flavored, green colored cocktail, that probably originated in New Orleans. It tastes a bit like melted mint chocolate chip ice-cream, and is really good!
The Grass Hopper
- Creme de Menthe
- Creme de Cacao
- Half and Half, Single Creme, or Light Cream
- Combine equal parts Creme de Menthe, Creme de Cacao, and the cream of your choice in a cocktail shaker
- Fill the shaker with Ice
- Shake the combined ingredients and ice until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty
- Fill Martini Glasses with the drink, straining out the ice
- Garnish with Mint Leaves (Chocolate Mint is preferred if available)