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Bartender Will Brownrigg with two of the specialty cocktails he created to be offered as an alternative to beer for St. Patrick's Day at The Porter House Restaurant and Cigar Bar in Montvale. (Photo by Leslie Barbaro)
Posted: Thursday March 1, 2012, 4:05 AM
By Bob Probert

In addition to being a first-class steakhouse and cigar bar, The Porter House in Montvale is a truly authentic Irish pub that doesn't need to shout "We're Irish" at every opportunity. Homey and welcoming, most of the d‚cor was imported from Ireland – from the 700-year-old beams overhead to the 1832 gallows headpiece, which looks down on the bar, to the wooden and stone flooring.
We could think of no better place to prepare and present some emerald-hued beverages to help toast St. Patrick. With the help of bartender Will Brownrigg, here are five cocktails, appropriate for the season, which give a whole new meaning to the phrase "going green."

Tipperary Apple
A Porter House specialty, this is essentially an apple martini with an Irish twist. It's elegant and bracing.

    1 1/2     parts Jameson Irish whiskey
    1 1/2     parts white cranberry juice
    1 1/2     parts green sour apple schnapps
        splash of Irish Mist

• Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass or serve on the rocks.
• Garnish with a green maraschino cherry.

The tequila, while not generally associated with Ireland, adds a nice edge to this very drinkable cocktail. You might not think tequila and melon liqueur would pair well, but it works here.

    1     part silver tequila
    1     part melon liqueur
    1/2     part Triple Sec
        Splash of orange juice

• Pour ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well.
• Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an orange slice.

Galway Iced Tea
Not for the faint of heart, Galway Iced Tea gets its green color from Midori and its kick from vodka, gin and rum. After a couple of these, St. Patrick might not have even bothered to drive out the snakes.

    1 1/2     parts Midori
    1     part Boru Irish vodka
    1     part Hendricks gin
    1     part white rum
    1     part Cointreau
        Splash of sour
        Splash of club soda

• Mix, stir or shake gently to combine. Top with club soda.
• Serve on the rocks in a tall glass and garnish with a cucumber slice and green maraschino cherry.

Emerald Isle
A bit like a nouveau-grasshopper, the Emerald Isle gets its unexpected flavor by combining bitters with the "minty-ness" of the crŠme de menthe.

    1     part gin
    1     teaspoon green crŠme de menthe
    1/2     part simple syrup
    2     dashes of bitters

• Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake well.
• Strain into a cocktail glass over ice and garnish with mint leaves.

Sparkling Shamrock
This beautiful, pale green cocktail gets its unique flavor from delicious pear-flavored Grey Goose La Poire vodka and St. Germain, a versatile and increasingly popular elderflower liqueur. Adjust the amount of cucumber to taste.

    1 1/2     parts Grey Goose La Poire flavored vodka
    1     part St. Germain elderflower liqueur
    1     part juiced cucumber or muddled cucumber slice(s)
    1/2     part lemon juice
        Sparkling wine
        Mint leaves, cucumber slice, lemon zest for garnish

• Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
• Shake vigorously and strain into a tall ice-cube-filled glass.
• Top with sparkling wine.
• Garnish with mint, cucumber slices and lemon zest.

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