Inside: This easy green cocktail is made with crisp and bubbly champagne, a splash of Midori, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. A quick signature drink for St. Patty’s Day that’s an elegant, fresh, and light option to green beer. ➡
On St. Patrick’s Day, most people partake and celebrate with green beer. But champagne goes with every holiday. And you just can’t ignore the party in a champagne flute full of neon green bubbles.🥂
This fun cocktail is a perfect alternative if you’re not into all the Irish beers at a St. Patrick’s Day party. And it only has three simple ingredients – crisp and light bubbly with a squeeze of lemon and a splash of Midori melon liqueur for a wee bit o’ the green.
I’m joining together with friends for the “Celebrate the Holiday” Blog Hop, hosted by Carol of Bluesky at Home! This month it’s all about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with plenty of creative ideas to inspire you so make sure to check them all out at the end of this post. If you’ve landed here from Laura’s at Everyday Edits, thank you for your visit and I hope you come back again!
What is Midori?
Midori is a neon green, melon-flavored Japanese liqueur. In fact, it’s named after the Japanese word for green. You might remember the overly sweet Midori Sour from the 1980’s. The liqueur itself does have a sweet honeydew melon flavor, but its real star quality is its ability to add electric green color to a cocktail.
The simple Sparkling Shamrock recipe.
This easy St. Patrick’s Day cocktail only has three ingredients and three steps!
- 1 oz of Midori (or other melon liqueur)
- 1 tsp or splash of fresh lemon juice
- Prosecco, Champagne, or Sparkling Wine
- Pour the Midori into a champagne glass.
- Add the lemon juice.
- Top with Prosecco or Champagne for a sparkling green St. Patrick’s Day drink you can’t miss!
Add more or less melon liqueur depending on how green you want it, how bubbly, and how sweet. A little goes a long way if you’re only wanting to add this gorgeous green hue. If needed, combine everything with a drink stir stick.
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Dress it up even more by adding some sparkle! Stir in some green edible glitter. Or rim the glass with lemon juice and gold cocktail rimming sugar before making the cocktail, like I’ve done here:
Can you make the Sparkling Shamrock a mocktail?
To get the same bubbly look without the alcohol, try replacing the champagne with club soda, seltzer water, sparkling grape juice, or a combination of these depending on how sweet you like it.
Other good times to serve a green signature cocktail.
This festive cocktail is also fun for any holiday or adult party with a green theme. Serve these green champagne or prosecco cocktails at a:
- Mardi Gras bash
- Golf gathering
- Wizard of Oz party
- Football get together
- Halloween party
- College graduation, watch party, fancy tailgate, or alumni event where the school color is green
If you love champagne cocktails, be sure to read the post “Skinny French 75 Champagne Cocktail: Celebrate With Less Sugar“.
Other green tasty drinks with champagne.
If you’d like to add yet another bubbly green cocktail drink option to the menu, try an easy Leprechaun Mimosa. It’s a fun twist on the traditional mimosa and perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day brunch. Simply add a splash of blue curacao to the orange juice and champagne and it will turn it green!
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For those of us that the very thought of drinking green beer makes us feel “green“, the Sparkling Shamrock is a perfect way to share in celebration of all things Irish!
So raise your glass o’ green and toast to this:
“May your trouble be less. And your blessings be more. And nothing but happiness come through your door.” –Irish Blessing
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Regina Jenkins says
Kate – I’ve gotten two beautiful drink ideas from one hop. Yay me. This is beautiful, I also love all the ideas for when else to serve a green cocktail. Of course I get caught in the lovely details like the gold sugar, green glitter and the shamrock garnish. Fun hopping with you – have a wonderful weekend.
Kristin | White Arrows Home says
It’s so pretty and festive. I love the way you did the lime shamrock.
Michelle | Thistle Key Lane says
I love this cocktail Kate! I’m adding Midori to my liquor store list and of course champagne! Cheers!
Renae Frey says
I love this. Sounds amazing. I love the garnish as well, so creative. Hugs to you, my friend.
Leslie Watkins says
Kate, all new ingredients to me…but, I am in love with that lime created shamrock! How cute would those be tucked into charcuterie trays, too? Thanks, always, for your inspiration. Loved hopping with you!
Pinned! Love these fun drink ideas! xo laura