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It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day and everyone’s favorite “I’m Irish today” holiday! 🙂
To help you celebrate, I’m sharing a favorite drink recipe called a Leprechaun’s Kiss Martini.
I love martinis. They are probably my favorite alcoholic drink. I like classic martinis, chocolate dessert martinis, and this Leprechaun Martini.
So let’s get started! Here’s what you need:
- 1-ounce chocolate liqueur
- 1-ounce cream de cacao
- 1/2 ounce vanilla vodka
- 1/2 ounce Irish Cream liqueur
- 1 1/2 ounces half and half
- 1 Hershey’s Kiss
- colored sugar and honey for garnish
To prepare your martini glass for the drink, place some honey in a shallow dish. In a separate dish, create a circle with the colored sugar. This is the time to use green for St. Patrick’s Day!
Rim the edge of the martini glass first in honey, then the colored sugar. Of course, I had to use my leprechaun crystal from Ireland. 🙂
Place a Hershey’s Kiss in the bottom of the glass. Set the glass aside.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the chocolate liqueur, cream de cacao, vanilla vodka, Irish Cream liqueur, and the half and half. Shake vigorously and strain into your prepared martini glass.
Sláinte! (Sláinte is Gaelic for health.) So, to your health!
As a reward for finishing your drink, you’ll find the kiss from the leprechaun at the bottom of your glass. 🙂
As I said, everyone likes to think they’re a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. And many of us are. I am. I take this as irrefutable proof that explains why Lucky Charms remains my favorite cereal of all time. 🙂 You can find out if you have Irish roots with a DNA test from Ancestry.com or 23andMe.
They are similarly priced, and as we get closer to St. Patrick’s Day, there are usually special pricing deals so keep on the lookout if you’re interested in trying one of these kits. Plus, if you use Rakuten, you can save even more when you purchase your kit.
These DNA tests could not be easier. You order your kit, and when it arrives in the mail, you fill the provided vial with your saliva and mail the kit back in the prepaid package. You register your kit online and once your results are ready, they will email you. It can take up to 6 weeks, and sometimes longer during busy times like holiday promotions.
I’ve done both DNA tests, and you can read more about my full results if you are interested, as I have written blog posts about them.
By way of comparison, Ancestry.com only tells me my percentage of Irish DNA.
23andMe provides more specific detail, showing where in Ireland my DNA most likely corresponds:
And it also gives me a map that shows where my DNA shows up in parts of Ireland.
So you can get different information from each test. I think doing both is great because it gives you a more comprehensive picture of your heritage. You may find that your information changes over time, and you receive updates when this happens. As these sites collect more DNA, they are able to make more accurate estimations about your history. It’s fascinating to watch how things change and refine.
My info recently updated to now show DNA matches for Sweden and Denmark, so my Viking ancestors are making their presence known! 🙂
And my Irish DNA percentage has decreased quite a bit from the first report I received. I am now predominantly Scottish.
So whether you want to find out if you are a wee bit o’ Irish, or just celebrate as if you are, enjoy a Leprechaun’s Kiss Martini this St. Patrick’s Day!
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