Cheers-worthy St. Patrick’s Day cocktails
Delicious with green eggs and ham or alongside corned beef, this savory cocktail calls for potato vodka to keep the drink grain-free. To make: In blender, puree 2 yellow tomatoes, 2 tomatillos, 2 stalks celery, 1 tsp. prepared horseradish, 1⁄2 tsp. cumin, the juice of 1 lime, a small handful of cilantro and salt and pepper to taste. Pour 2 oz. potato vodka into 2 glasses. Top with Bloody Mary mixture.
Garnish as desired.
Kiss Me I’m Irish
Made from agave cactus, tequila is a great grain-free option. We blended it with kale and pineapple for a sip that’s festive and phytonutrient-rich. To make: In blender, puree 1 cup clean kale (stems removed), 1 cup frozen pineapple, 1⁄4 cup lime juice, 1⁄4 cup tequila and 2 Tbs. agave nectar.
Divide between 2 glasses. Brandy is distilled from fruit juice instead of grains, so it’s a great detox-friendly base for a sweet martini. To make: In cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine 2 oz. apple brandy, 1 oz. vermouth and 1⁄2 tsp. lemon juice. Shake well; strain into cocktail glass. Tint with green food coloring.
Garnish with apple slice.
Grain-based alcohols (like whiskey and some vodkas) can pack on pounds, but these green tipples are made with healthier spirits to help speed slimming!