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The Season of Green Food Is Upon Us — St. Patrick’s Day Menus

Key Lime Ogre Mini Tarts

The season of green is practically upon us with the likes of green beer, minty milkshakes, and dyed green scrambled eggs. St Patrick’s Day occurs on March 17 and is a day to remember one of Ireland’s patron saints, St. Patrick. It largely celebrates Irish-American culture in the United States. So take this opportunity to pull out your mad green cooking skilz and have fun impressing your friends.

There are no hard and fast rules, and under no circumstances are you required to cook a ‘traditional’ meal of dry corned beef with boiled cabbage and potatoes. It can be your own take on a green themed meal. While there are a lot of ways to turn this typical menu into a delicious meal, anyone from Ireland will be quick to tell you that a typical Irish meal is boiled pork and potatoes. It is mind-blowing when you realize that this meal concept we associate with St. Patrick’s Day is really an Irish-American tradition.

Another revelation: There’s never been any actual corn in corned beef.;) Long before the word ‘corn’ referred to a vegetable, it was an Old English word for any grain still containing the seed. In the original preparation of English corned beef, cooks use coarse pieces of salt the size of grains to cure or preserve the meat.

Whether you want to host a St. Patrick’s Day brunch or a dinner with a new flair, which is always my recommendation, I’ve compiled an undeniably GREEN menu to spark your inner cooking leprechaun.

St Pat Day Brunch

Brunch

Green Eggs & Ham

Leek & Potato Fritters

Green Lemonade

st pat day dinner

Dinner

Chestnut Sage Pesto Bruschetta

Warm Brussels Sprout Salad

Lamb Chops

Mint Tea Julep (adult version)

Key Lime Miniature Tarts

St.-Patricks-Day-vintage-card

Mario Lopez is Hot – Scott Fitzgerald Shows His Naughty Moves

Mario Lopez shares his childhood stories about Lipton Ice Tea.

Now that I’ve got your attention, I can tell you that Mario and Scott certainly had mine! I had the chance to do a live Skype call with these two great spokespeople sharing their new favorite Lipton Ice Tea summer drink stories. It’s always great to hear when celebrity spokespeople can make a sensible connection with a brand. Mario shared his childhood stories about growing up in San Diego and how Lipton Ice Tea was his Mother’s staple ‘go to’ thirst quenching drink. Scott, NYC mixologist, took an already delicious product, and made it into a cocktail that could be served with or sans alcohol. I couldn’t resist teasing Scott when he referred to his ‘adult version’ as the ‘naughty version’.

Regardless of which version you gravitate towards, naughty or nice, these are three delicious summer mocktail or cocktail recipes. (Don’t think I was oblivious to the fact that I kept you waiting for weeks while I jotted these recipes down and developed one of my own. Three recipes should make up for my recent bought of blog-less-ness. And I have some great Lipton products to share. Leave me a comment on this blog post and one winner will be randomly selected next week.)

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Mint Tea Julep

Ingredients

2 sprigs fresh mint

1 bottle of Lipton Diet Green Tea with Citrus

Add ice

Add 2/3 cups fresh squeezed orange juice

1- 1/2 oz bourbon/

Directions

Stir and pour in glass. Garnish with mint and serve.

How to Video – a Mint Tea Julep

White Citrus Sangria

Ingredients

1 bottle Lipton Diet Green Tea with Citrus

1 3/4 cup white grape juice

1/4 cup orange juice

1 lemon, sliced

1 lime, sliced

Directions

Pour into a carafe, stir and serve.

How to Video- White Citrus Sangria

Scott’s recommended food pairings for this breeze and fresh drink. Caprese salads, crostini, fruit salad.

EXCLUSIVE BOWL LICKER RECIPE

Mango Peach Hum Dinger

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Mango Peach Hum Dinger

Ingredients

2 1/2 oz white rum

1/2 oz Hum or grenadine syrup

4 oz orange juice

1 cup Mango Peach Ice Tea, chilled

4 thin peach slices, garnish

7 Up, float

ice

Directions

In a cocktail shaker, pour rum over ice, then add Hum, orange juice, and Mango Peach Ice Tea. Add three peach slices into the glass, using last slice as garnish on the cup. Top off with 7 Up, stir and enjoy. Then make another for your guest with the remaining provisions.

For a kid friendly version, omit the rum and Hum.

The kid friendly version pictured only has only two ingredients — 7 Up and Lipton’s Mango Peach Ice Tea.

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Winobee‘s Stacy DeFino takes a moment to pose for me with Mario and Scott.

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