St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and here’s an easy shot you can make. Irish cream (green), crème de menthe (white), and Grand Marnier (orange) represent the colors of the flag of Ireland. Regardless of your experience level, anyone can prepare this drink. Layers tend to appear on their own, so it’s easy to make no matter what your skill level is. Three liqueurs that have not too much in common in terms of flavor complement each other. Despite the fact that orange and mint might not seem like the best pairing, the creamy center helps them blend well. There are worse shots you can make, but this isn’t the worst tasting of them, and some people do like this for its distinctive taste. In order to achieve the desired effect, you must float the liqueurs one on top of another in the order specified. It’s done by pouring the top two over the back of a bar spoon to break up the flow, which allows for distinct bands of color to form. The technique is simple and, with a little practice, you’ll be able to master it.
A switch to any of the three ingredients can mess up the layers because each ingredient has its own specific gravity based on the amount of sugar and alcohol it contains. So they don’t end up looking like a lava lamp when you’re finished (although that is fun too), pour them from heavy to light. You will need to experiment to see what works when you switch ingredients. The typical outcome is not to switch from Grand Marnier to orange curaçao. Sugary Curaçao is lower-proof, so it will sink to the bottom of Irish cream because of the higher sugar content. Each brand will have its own method of doing this. You can instead opt for DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker rather than crème de menthe. Another option is to float Irish cream on the top of Midori, as demonstrated with the Irish frog. If you switch the colors, you might be successful (it won’t be the Irish flag replica, which is green, white, and orange in order). If you wish, you could pour orange curaçao, Irish cream, and finish with green Place Irish cream at the bottom, then Grand Marnier, and then Green Chartreuse on top.
If you use a shot glass that is larger than the recipe calls for, you may need to use more or less of each ingredient. Divide your glass into thirds visually instead of trying to measure. Pour the ingredients accordingly rather than worrying about the measurements.