It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, and if you’re in charge of this year’s party, we’re here to help!
We know there are a few ingredients that make any St. Patty’s Day gathering successful: good drinks, good food, and good fun. And if the drinks and food are green, well, you get big-time bonus points!
This year, rely on Avocados from Mexico, which are available and fresh year-round, as your key ingredient. These powerhouse fruits aren’t just good for guacamole (though, yes, they’re GREAT for that!); they’re also a go-to ingredient for marvelous margaritas. It’s true! Avocados are a super-flexible fruit that can lend color and flavor to lots of recipes, including cocktails. And since they’re green, they’re the perfect St. Patrick’s Day companion!
If you’re hosting a St. Patty’s party, stock up on ripe avocados (and if you need a little help finding ripe ones, we got you covered! To choose perfectly ripe avocados, just give it a gentle squeeze, if it yields to pressure it’s ready) for these margarita and guacamole recipes!
Sour Green Apple Margarita
If you’ve got party-goers who can’t handle the heat, don’t banish them from the kitchen — we’ve got a green-hued cocktail that will suit them just fine! This sour green apple margarita recipe calls for jalapeño simple syrup, but if you’ve got some spice-averse folks, you can leave it out and still serve up a pretty green and tasty drink. And you can shake up a separate batch of margs for the friends who have a high heat tolerance!
Spicy Grand Marnier Margarita
This spicy margarita isn’t green and it doesn’t use avocados, but it will be a surefire St. Patty’s Day hit even though it draws on all the flavors of Mexico rather than Ireland — tequila, chipotle, agave nectar, limes, and red pepper flakes. Guests who can take the heat will ask for refills on this one, so have plenty of ingredients at the ready!
Jalapeño Avocado Margarita
One of our favorite go-to margaritas blends the best ingredient — avocado — with the fiery kick of jalapeño, producing a green-tinged cocktail that will keep you from getting pinched on St. Patrick’s Day. Stock up on avocados and jalapeños, as well as cilantro, tequila, and triple sec, and invite all your friends over for a marg and guac St. Patty’s party!
Now that you’ve got three great drink recipes, it’s time to prep the chips and guacamole. The Avocados from Mexico website has an amazing array of recipes that will surprise and delight, from this avocado-tequila guacamole to this fiery Creole guacamole. Make several of the recipes and create a guacamole bar, pairing the creamy mixes with a variety of dipping devices, from classic tortilla chips to the Mexican jicama, a crisp root vegetable, and greens like broccoli and romanesco. Need a helpful demonstration? Click on this video tutorial to watch as Chef Pati Jinich explains when guac is best consumed and on this one to watch her explain how to keep your guac green longer by pouring a layer of milk on top of it and putting it in the fridge. For these avo tips and more, please visit Avocados from Mexico’s helpful “how-to” page.
With all these wonderful drink recipes and helpful tips, we’ve no doubt you’ll be the life of the St. Patty’s party!