Dairy Free, Drinks, Recipes

Ginger Mint Cooler

March 16, 2015

St. Patty’s Day is tomorrow!!

Ginger Mint Cooler

Ginger Mint Cooler with Raspberries

We don’t really celebrate this holiday but if you do…..Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! It’s fun! It’s like Cinco de Mayo for Irish people.

Ginger Mint Cooler {St. Patrick's Day Drink}

Ginger Mint Cooler for St. Patty's Day

 

Ginger Mint Cooler {St. Patrick's Day}

One St. Patrick’s Day my sister and I got schnockered on Irish Car Bombs and then went antiquing with my parents—I was literally like a bull in a china shop. If you want to have a nice little drink to celebrate the green holiday but don’t want to make a complete ass out of yourself, then I have something wonderful for you. This fun, nonalcoholic drink is made perfectly green by blending fresh mint with fizzy, sweet ginger ale. It is deliciously refreshing and perfect for a warm, almost spring day.

Ginger Mint Cooler {A St. Patty's Day Drink}

Speaking of spring, let’s talk about our gardens, shall we? Do tell, what you are going to plant? What didn’t make the cut this year? Are you trying something new? Here’s what going on in my garden:

New this year

  • Green Zebra Tomatoes
  • Dr. Wyche’s Yellow Tomatoes
  • Rosso Sicilian Tomatoes
  • Tasty Evergreen Tomatoes
  • Mexico Midget Tomatoes
  • Black Krim Tomatoes
  • Rouge Vif D’Etampes {Cinderella Pumpkins}
  • Aji Cristal Chiles
  • Golden Bantam Yellow Sweet Corn
  • Lime Basil
  • Lettuce Leaf Basil
  • Evening Sun Sunflowers
  • Waltham Butternut Squash
  • Rosa Bianca Eggplant
  • Green Husk Tomatillos
  • Chocolate Beauty Sweet Pepper
  • Purple Potatoes

Making a Comeback

  • Giant From Italy Parsley
  • Yellow Summer Squash
  • Strawberries
  • Chives
  • Spinach
  • Jalapeños
  • Cilantro
  • Black Beauty Zucchini
  • Mint
  • Lavender
  • Rhubarb
  • Zinnias
  • Petunias
  • Nasturtiums

Didn’t Make the Cut

  • Mixed greens
  • Tarragon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Yellow Watermelon
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Delicata Squash
  • Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin
  • Sweet Peas
  • Green Beans
  • Cayenne Chiles
  • Cauliflower

Do you have any experience with these new-to-me crops? I’d love to hear any tips you might have. I can’t wait to hear about your gardens to, so please leave me a comment and let me know!

Have a great week!

 

Ginger Mint Cooler

Yield: 1 drink.

This is a fun drink for the kids on St. Patty's Day, add a shot of dark rum to make it special for adults too.

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces ginger ale
  • 1-2 sprigs fresh mint, plus extra for garnish
  • Ice
  • Raspberries, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Blend 3 ounces of ginger ale with mint leaves from 1 sprig of mint (or more if you want more mint flavor).
  2. Strain over ice into a tall glass. Fill with ginger ale and decorate with raspberries and extra mint.
http://www.holajalapeno.com/2015/03/ginger-mint-cooler.html

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  • nicole mcluen March 17, 2015 at 12:57 am

    i recall sitting with you in bozeman, montana and we each ordered an irish carbomb, after chugging it i looked at you and said “what does one do after drinking an irish carbomb?” you said, “orders another”.

    the lime basil sounds good, where did you find that?
    i’ve got mexican midgets too and the same sweet corn

    have you started seeds? my brassicas have sprouted already. looking forward to the garden this year.

    • Kate Ramos
      Kate Ramos March 17, 2015 at 11:14 am

      Hahaha! We’re a couple of idiots.

      I got the lime basil from Seed Savers. I planted my seeds last weekend and I can’t wait to dig around in the dirt either. Here’s to beautiful plants and Irish Car Bombs!

  • aida mollenkamp March 27, 2015 at 2:51 am

    Ha, Cinco de Mayo for Irish people! You’re so right!

    • Kate Ramos
      Kate Ramos March 31, 2015 at 2:41 am

      Hope you had a happy St. Pats!

  • devmyt May 17, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Thanks for this amazing recipe. Good drink for this hot summer

    • Kate Ramos
      Kate Ramos May 17, 2016 at 11:43 am

      Yes, perfect for cooling off!

  • Rocco Msing June 6, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Wow, this is a perfect drink for a summer pool time. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • Kate Ramos
      Kate Ramos June 8, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Aww, thanks Rocco!! I hope you get a chance to make it. Let me know what you think if you do.