With Saint Patrick’s Day right around the corner, my mind has been teeming with thoughts of new tea cocktail creations.

Being Irish-American myself, it is one of my favorite holidays of the year.  So I knew i had to create something special.  Not only delicious, of course, but also to herald in the warmer weather, and at the same time celebrate the luck of the Irish.

That is when inspiration struck: go green.  Or, more specifically, green tea.  And what better green tea to melt the snow than our very own Summer Fruits?

So without further adieu, I give you my newest cocktail, in honor of St. Patrick, the Erin Go Green Spritzer.

Summer Fruits cocktailErin Go Green Spritzer

2 oz Summer Fruits, chilled

1.5 oz Simple Syrup

1 oz Apricot Brandy

Cava, Prosecco, or your favorite sparkling white wine

Apricot wedge (garnish)

Combine tea, brandy and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Shake for at least 15 seconds to thoroughly combine and allow air to get in (this makes the drink taste “fresher”). Strain into a martini glass and fill to the top with Cava (or your favorite sparkling wine).   Garnish with apricot wedge.