Before you file this cocktail away under “St. Patrick’s Day recipes” to be forgotten and neglected for the rest of the year, hear me out. Sure, it’s green; and sure, Irish whiskey is a staple of St. Paddy’s day; and sure, you want to drink it right now in honor of your possibly-existent, possibly-distant Irish heritage (and you should, by the way). But the Melon Whiskey Ginger is more than a gimmicky holiday drink at its core. It’s crisp, sweet, tangy, and surprisingly well-balanced for such a simple mixture of ingredients. I’m definitely not leaving this baby behind once March 17th is said and done– I plan on sipping my Melon Whiskey Ginger by the poolside all summer long.
I will admit though, this cocktail wasn’t cleverly or meticulously planned. While I was visiting my mom a few weekends ago, James decided to organize the kitchen (as he loves to do when I’m not around to make a disaster of everything), and as he consolidated the liquor cabinet, he found types of liqueurs he’d never tried before.
After a night of experimental shot-making with our housemate Mike, the guys informed me that it was my duty to make a drink with the obnoxiously green and deliciously sweet midori for St. Paddy’s Day.
Of course, as a part-Irish woman, I knew I had to include some good ol’ Irish whiskey in the mix, so I decided to make a spin on my beloved Jameson and ginger. Along with the midori, I added in lime wheels and fresh mint leaves, which made the whole cocktail taste crisper, more refreshing, and slightly citrusy to balance out the sweetness.
James, Mike, and I wound up drinking several refills worth of these Melon Whiskey Gingers that night. Beware, they’re so good that you might forget your limits.
Oh, and I nearly forgot to say Happy St. Patrick’s Day, friends!
- 1½ ounces Jameson Irish Whiskey
- 1½ ounces Midori melon liqueur
- Ginger ale, to top
- ½ lime, sliced into wheels
- 5 fresh mint leaves
- Place the limes and mint in a glass and pour over the whiskey and Midori.
- Fill the remainder of the glass with ginger ale.
- Top with mint leaves. Adjust to taste, if necessary.
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