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Discover your inner leprechaun

March 15, 2006

For better or worse, the Irish have a reputation for enjoying their alcohol. Therefore, beer and mixed drinks are considered by many to be necessary parts of a proper Saint Patrick's Day celebration.

Oliver's Pub & Restaurant at Long Meadow Shopping Center in Hagerstown is preparing several drink specials for Saint Patrick's Day, Friday, March 17. Stephanie Henneberger with Bartender To Go offers a nonalcoholic drink in the spirit of Ireland.

Here are some drink recipes that just might bring out your inner leprechaun:

Oliver's Irish Mint Tea



1 ounce Kettle One vodka

1/2 ounce Rumpleminze

1/2 ounce green crme de menthe

Freshly brewed iced tea

Into a highball glass filled with ice, pour the alcoholic ingredients. Fill with iced tea and shake.

- Recipe courtesy of Andrea Burch, restaurant and bar manager at Oliver's Pub




Shamrock Shilly with Oliver's Rum Slush Mix



11 cups water

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1 3/4 cups sugar

3 large tea bags

1 can frozen concentrated pink lemonade

1 can frozen concentrated orange juice

1 pint rum

Green food coloring

Sprite

Maraschino cherries

At least three days in advance prepare Oliver's Rum Slush Mix. Boil 9 cups of water, add the sugar, and let sit for 5 minutes. Separately, boil 2 cups of water, add tea bags, and let sit for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags and combine with sugar-water mixture.

Mix in the pink lemonade and orange juice. Add the rum. Mix thoroughly and place in the freezer until frozen.

To make a Shamrock Shilly: Add one scoop of Oliver's Rum Slush Mix to a frosted beer mug and add a few drops of green food coloring. Top with Sprite and a maraschino cherry.

-This recipe is an Oliver's Pub specialty, says Andrea Burch."It almost tastes like a kicky frozen orange juice," she says."That one is always everyone's favorite."




Leaping Lilypad



1/2 ounce Bailey's Irish Cream

1 ounce Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur

1/2 ounce green creme de menthe

Cream

Into a highball glass filled with ice, pour the alcoholic ingredients. Add enough cream to fill the glass and shake.

- Recipe courtesy of Andrea Burch, restaurant and bar manager at Oliver's Pub




St. Patrick's Day Party Punch (nonalcoholic)



2 (12-ounce) cans frozen limeade concentrate

2 (12-ounce cans) frozen lemonade concentrate

2 (2-liter bottles) lemon-lime flavored soda

2 quarts lime sherbet

Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl and serve. Serves about 20.

- Recipe courtesy of Stephanie Henneberger, owner of Hagerstown-based Bartender To Go




O'Reiley's Rumble



1 ounce melon liqueur

1 ounce Southern Comfort

1/2 ounce Blue Curacao

Splash of sours

Sprite

Into a mixing glass, pour the alcoholic ingredients and top with Sprite. Shake, strain and serve the drink as a shooter.

- Recipe courtesy of Andrea Burch

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