Mint and lime muddle together and mix with Irish whiskey and ginger beer to create a tasty and refreshing drink for St. Patrick’s Day or any day! This naturally green cocktail is perfect for festivities.
You know what goes well with St. Patrick’s Day? Irish whiskey, and lots of it if you’re anything like my friends and family.
This year St. Patrick’s Day is on a Saturday! Doesn’t it feel so much cooler to celebrate holidays on the actual day of? It just feels so much more festive. Right?
These fun cocktails are just what you need come the 17th! There are multiple things I love about these Ginger Whiskey Mojitos. First and foremost, these cocktails are SUPER tasty!! Not too sweet, perfect amount of whiskey, and just the right amount of mint and lime. So refreshing. Yes, I used the word refreshing when talking about an alcoholic beverage.
Second, they are really easy to make. We’re talking only FOUR ingredients. Below I laid out how to make an individual drink or a pitcher full! And, lets be honest, you’ll need more than one.
Third, they’re GREEN! Can’t get any more festive than a green drink with Irish whiskey for St. Patrick’s Day. The best part is that they’re naturally green from the whiskey and mint. Score.
Before we continue on, I have a confession to make. I’ve never been a fan of whiskey. In fact, I would use the word “hate” to describe how I felt about it. But, you know what, I think I’ve been drinking it wrong, and maybe drinking the wrong stuff.
I made these cocktails with Jameson whiskey, and I’m really digging it. It seems milder than say Jack Daniels, and it mixes so well with the ginger beer. I think the lime also helps to take out some of the bite. So, I guess you can now say that I’m good with whiskey. Well, at least Irish whiskey. In fact, you could say I like it, especially in a Ginger Whiskey Mojito! I could drink these all day.
So, if you’re thinking you’re not a whiskey fan, give this drink a try! You just might change your mind.
Traditionally, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I would always head over to Belle Plaine, Minnesota – the neighboring town to Jordan, MN where I grew up – because the town has a BIG St. Patrick’s celebration every year. I mean, they go all out.
All of the bars in Belle Plaine are on the same block, so they close off the block and people party in the streets and mingle between bars. It’s so much fun. But before we would head up to the bars, a bunch of us would hang out at my friend Tom’s house and play yard games and drink beer. Beersbee anyone??
This year, my plans are looking a little different. My brother and sister-in-law are having a gender reveal party that weekend, so it’s looking like a much more mild St. Patrick’s celebration for me. But, you can be sure I’ll still be mixing up a big batch of these Ginger Whiskey Mojitos for my family.
Cheers, friends! I hope you have a fun St. Patrick’s Day!
Ginger Whiskey Mojito
To make one drink:
- ½ lime cut into two wedges
- 8 mint fresh leaves
- 2 ounces Irish whiskey
- 4 ounces ginger beer
To make one drink:
- Squeeze the juice from both lime wedges into a glass, and add the mint leaves. Use a cocktail muddler or the end of a wooden spoon to muddle the mint into the lime juice, releasing the oils from the mint. Drop one of the squeezed lime wedges into the glass.
- Pour in whiskey and ginger. Top with ice, and garnish with additional lime wedge or mint leaves.
To make a pitcher (10 drinks):
- Add 80 mint leaves and juice of 5 limes to a pitcher, and muddle together using a wooden spoon. You can then drop a few of the juiced lime halves into the pitcher to make it look pretty 🙂
- Pour in 20 ounces of whiskey and 40 ounces of ginger beer.
- Top with ice and stir together.
- Garnish each drink individually with mint leaves or lime wedges.
- 80 mint leaves may sound like a lot, but don't freak out. Fresh mint typically comes in a little 0.75-ounce plastic container, and one container holds about 40 leaves. So, if you buy two then you should be good to go! You can find fresh mint by other fresh herbs like thyme and rosemary in the produce section.
- I like to use a citrus juicer to juice the limes to make sure you get all of the juice out. I think this works better than simply squeezing limes, but if you don't have a juicer, it's all good. Work with what you've got.