Indulge: A Classy St. Patty’s Day

Everyone likes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little differently (if they celebrate it at all!). We’ve seen all out revelry and bar-hopping, big Irish family potlucks, downing that glass of Guinness, or just simply adding that hint of green to an outfit to avoid getting pinched.

At CLD, we like to keep things on the classy side, so here are two fun St. Patrick’s inspired  indulgences to get the evening of the 17th started:

Britannia

So this is not 100% Irish, but it features and celebrates the best of everything: Whiskey from Ireland, Scotch from Scotland, and Pimm’s from England. Combined with some lime juice, agave and shaken vigorously, this cocktail is surprisingly smooth… but it could still easily leave you with the “Irish Flu” in the morning You have been warned!

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1.5 oz Irish Whiskey

0.5 oz Single Malt Scotch

0.5 oz Pimm’s Liqueur

0.75 oz freshly squeezed lime juice

1 oz agave syrup

Orange peel for garnish

Chill a martini glass or coupe in the freezer. Add all liquid ingredients to a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously, for at least 15 seconds. Pour into chilled glass and garnish with twisted orange peel.

Banana Kicker Milkshake

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Think milkshakes are just for kids? Of course not! Especially when whiskey is in the mix!

2.5 oz Irish Whiskey

1 oz milk

2 big scoops vanilla ice cream

1 banana (chopped and frozen if possible)

Green food coloring (totally optionally, but makes it festive!)

Add all liquid ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth, but still thick. Enjoy!

We hope all of our readers have a fun (and safe!) St. Patrick’s Day wherever, and however, you like to celebrate!

Is it really almost February?

How did this happen?  My husband just wrote our rent check for February today (I love an early planner!) and it hit me that the month has come and gone and I’m already falling behind one of my (many) new year’s resolutions: blog more!  Blog more helpful, useful info…not sure some of my other blogs about my crazy life or car or husband weren’t helpful, but whatever 😉

And then, I realized Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Oh boy.  Personally, I LOVE Valentine’s day.  I have loved it ever since I was in 1st grade and handpicked which of my Snoopy Valentines that were clearly more flirty than others, would go to the cute boys in class, and which would go to the ones I didn’t like (but was forced to send one to).  imagesI loved Valentine’s day for high school choir when we would be bought to do singing telegrams in classrooms and you could see people be so embarrassed but stoked at the same time.  I loved Valentine’s day for the martinis I would have with my single girlfriends when weweren’t dating anyone and wanted to celebrate that fact and how lucky we were to have each other.  I love Valentine’s day because my mom gives me socks every year with hearts on them that I can, and do, wear year round (… I also get Christmas, Halloween and Easter socks too, btw).  I loved Valentine’s day before I was married, and that is why I will continue to love it.

Consumer holiday or not, who cares? No need to be bitter, no need to “buy” into anything. No need for roses.  You just need LOVE.  LOVE for anything, anyone. So this Valentine’s day I encourage you to do something to celebrate that.  In a relationship or not, do something from your heart for someone.  It’s just an awesome day to surprise someone and let them know you care about them.  Isn’t their surprised face worth the extra effort? Here are some great never-disappointing options that you can give to ANYONE, not just the lover in your life:

1. Bake. Cookies, cake, cupcakes, who cares!  All around hit for everyone and guaranteed to be eaten because no one resists sweets this day.

2. Make a mix cd.  Seriously.  Bring it back to 1997 when you just learned to burn your own discs and write all over them.  Taylor Swift is a definite must for this one.images-1

3. Vodka with one of those cute glasses that have writing on them and a recipe.  Do I have to say why this is a hit? This is a great DIY option too if you’re feeling creative!

4. Make a movie night pack, with popcorn (fresh off the stove, highly recommended by my gf for an old-fashioned feel), candy, wine and either your fav rom-coms or your fav action-packed hits.  Definitely something you’ve seen before so you can talk over it 🙂

5. Make a cheesy, construction paper card in pink, red and purple with cut-out hearts, glitter and the works.  Then actually mail it out snail mail style to someone.  Grandma? Dad? Brother?

Love, no matter the relationship, is about the little things.  Make it a good one!

xoxo,
Christina