TigerTailgate wishes everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2012! May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow and may trouble avoid you wherever you go. ~ Irish Blessing.
Growing up with the last name of “Irish” … Linda Irish, I have always been fond of St. Patrick’s Day. It is, as they say, the day of the Irish. My day! And though it doesn’t typically involve tailgating, it often involves homegating to celebrate the holiday.
Back in the ’80’s at the University of Florida, we celebrated St. Patty’s Day every year at my house with a keg of green beer. It was always a great time with friends … I think.
I’m still having the St. Patrick’s Day party at my house with friends, but this year I’m planning to serve Fruit Infused Patron, aka FIP, along with Pot o’ Gold Chex Mix, Irish Flag Salad and Shepherd’s Pie.
My friend, Barry Ives, recently shared this drink recipe with me specifically for TigerTailgate. Back in 1994, a bartender named Rich at the Ritz-Carlton in Newport Beach, CA shared FIP Recipe #23 with him. After eighteen years, Barry still has the recipe Rich gave him. It was that good.
What is FIP Recipe #23? It is a beautifully layered selection of fresh ripe delicious fruit placed in a clear glass beverage dispenser. After the fruit is layered in the jar PATRON Silver Tequila and PATRON Citronge Orange Liqueur is added.
This delicious concoction will be the perfect centerpiece. Below is FIP Recipe #23 … I’m sure a few of you TigerTailgate fans might be hosting a party and enjoy trying this festive drink on your friends. It’s not known as a St.Patty’s Day drink, but after adding some drops of green food color just before serving, I have a feeling it will be forever known as my unforgettable St.Patty’s day drink. And you’ll join me in trying to find FIP Recipes #1-22.
FRUIT INFUSED PATRON
- Seedless watermelon
- Fresh Ginger root
- PATRON Silver Tequila
- PATRON Citronge Orange Liqueur
- 1 – 2 3/4 gallon glass beverage dispenser
- Slice pineapple in 1/2 inch thick rounds and fill bottom layer.
- Add ripe seedless watermelon sliced in 1/2 inch rounds. Fill second layer.
- Slice firm ripe mano and layer around outside of perimeter of jar.
- Cut juicy ginger root thin sliced and add approximately 16 pieces to top of mango layer.
- Repeat above 4 steps to create an attractive rainbow effect with multiple layers of colored fruit.
- Add 3-750ml PATRON Silver Tequila and Citronge Orange Liqueur.
- Let stand twelve hours. Store in refrigerator if possible.
- Serve in rocks glass full of ice or in a small stemmed wine glass with ice. Garnish with pineapple or orange slice.
The flavor is indescribably delicious and refreshing. A splash of sparkling mineral water or soda may be added if desired.
It is imperative to use PATRON Tequila and Citronge Orange Liqueur. With this recipe other tequilas and orange liqueurs create a bitter and unpleasant taste.
Most fruit is primarily flavorful liquid. When fruit is infused with the tequila, it extracts the natually delicious fruit flavors and they combine into an amazing beverage. A FIP!
FIPs are fun! And here are two variations of what you can do after you’ve finished it.
1. After all the infusion is drained from the jar, the fruit may be placed into a blender with a small amount of fresh water and a few teaspoons of sugar to create a Frozen FIP. The result is something like a blended margarita except much less acidic and very flavorful.
2. The remaining fruit in the FIP jar may be blended as above and combined in the blender with equal parts of vanilla ice cream, thus creating a wonderful special dessert.