Vodka with a Kick
The Moscow Mule was created in 1941 by John Martin and Jack Morgan. They ordered engraved copper mugs and set off to market it around the country using one of the first Polaroid cameras and asked barmen to pose with a Moscow Mule Copper Mug. Prior to Prohibition, vodka was not a popular spirit in the U.S. When Prohibition was lifted, this was the drink that really introduced vodka to the masses in the U.S.
How to Make a Traditional Moscow Mule
- 2 oz of your favorite vodka
- .50 oz of fresh lime juice
- 2 oz of ginger beer
Combine the fresh lime juice and your favorite vodka into a shaker tin. Shake and strain into a copper mug filled with crushed ice. Top off with ginger beer and give a little stir to mix. Garnish with a fresh mint. For a fresh seasonal approach, muddle your favorite fresh fruit or herbs into the mix. We love the combination of fresh pineapple and mint! For a little extra ginger kick you can also add a splash of Domaine de Canton Ginger liqueur, or you can muddle fresh ginger for an added “WOW” factor when showing off to your guest. Candied ginger also makes a fun garnish. You can find this at your local specialty food market like Fresh Market or Whole Foods. Not a fan of vodka? Substitute some dark rum, and you have a delicious Dark and Stormy! Recipe courtesy Bonefish Grill
St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Along the Emerald (Green) Coast
McGuires St. Patrick’s Day Prediction 5K Run
March 12, 9 a.m.
The 39th annual edition of this 5K certified course (3.1 miles) starts and finishes at McGuire’s Irish Pub in Downtown Pensacola. You must be able to run or walk 3.1 miles in under one hour. The course will open to traffic at 10 a.m. Stragglers will be picked up by McGuire’s bus. For more information, visit mcquiresirishpub.com.
Irish Festival & Grogg March
March 12-13, 1 p.m.-until
This family-friendly festival features bagpipes, live music, Irish dancing, feasting, kids activities and plenty of green beer. Proceeds benefit Food for Thought Outreach, Inc. Bring a plastic jar of peanut butter or jelly and receive $5 off your Pub Crawl Pass. For more info, visit Emeraldgrande.com/harborwalk or call (850) 337-8500.
30A St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
March 12, 1 p.m. parade
Everyone is Irish during the 9th annual 30A St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. Held along the scenic Highway 30A, this festive weekend promises a variety of floats, live entertainment and a steady stream of green beer with lots of frolicking and fun. For parade route and festival ticket info, visit 30aparade.com.
PANAMA CITY BEACH
Downtown Panama City Beach
Downtown PCB welcomes St. Patrick’s Day with sidewalks decked out in green, Irish flags, green lights, balloons and banners. Enjoy live music as well as traditional Irish dancers, bagpipe players and more. Many of the businesses will be doing their own special ode to St. Patrick’s Day, so make sure you check in for discounts and specials.