Do they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Russia? We don’t know (if you do, Tweet us @FoodShortlist!)

Ireland’s one of our all time favourite places, the food’s fantastic, the people are warm and there’s something magical about The Emerald Isle and the spirit of the Irish, so here’s a toast to St. Paddy’s Day! Best enjoyed with a large Guinness, or an Emerald Isle Cocktail or two.

The Emerald Isle

45ml Russian Standard Vodka

45ml kiwi fruit juice

20ml lime juice

10ml basil sugar syrup

1 teaspoon sugar

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass, garnish with a slice of kiwi. (available at Tesco’s)

Quick vodka history lesson…At the imperial court in St Petersburg, the Tsars of Russia were legendary for demanding only the finest in luxury and quality and their national drink – vodka – was no exception. In 1894, Dmitri Mendeleev, a brilliant Russian scientist received the decree to set the Imperial quality standard for Russia vodka and the ‘Russian Standard’ was born. (And so were a lot of cocktails, we imagine?)

Russian Standard Vodka is distilled in St Petersburg using winter wheat from the Russian Steppes, pure glacial water from Lake Ladoga. And equally enjoyable in a Russian snow-covered landscape, or on a sunny spring day in the UK…