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Green Drink Recipes For St. Patrick’s Day: Green Beer, Green Cocktails & Non-Alcoholic Drinks

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By Mary

green-eyes-green-hats-by-MSJerboa.jpg St. Patrick’s Day is associated with Ireland, and rightly so. After all, St. Patrick was the patron saint of Ireland.

However, you don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day; it’s a fun day that everyone enjoys celebrating.

Dress green, eat green and drink green and you are almost guaranteed to have a great day!

Over the years, I’ve experimented with a wide variety of green drinks. Some have been traditional, (such as green beer), and others have been totally unique.

Whether you’re planning a St. Patricks Day party, or just chillin at home with green drinks in hand, here are some fun green drinks to try…

Green Beer

If you want a pint of green beer, you could head to the local pub or make it at home.

When making green beer at home, start with a light colored beer. It will better absorb the color.

Once the beer has been poured into a chilled beer stein, all you have to do is add a few drops of green food coloring and presto, you have green beer!

Another option, if you don’t have green food coloring, is to use blue food coloring.

Beer is yellow in color, and as you know mixing yellow with blue makes green. So, just add a drop or two of blue food coloring to the yellow beer and waa-lah, you have green beer (…although it won’t be a true green).

Whenever I make a glass of green beer for my husband, I prefer to use green food coloring, but either blue or green will work in a pinch. It tastes exactly the same either way. The food coloring doesn’t affect the taste of the beer.

How To Make Other Green Drinks

green-drinks-by-pattie74-99.jpg There are lots of other green drinks that are fun to make as well.

Here are a few that include alcohol:


green-shamrock-ico.jpegGreen Apple Martini

You will need: 1.5 ounces of Vodka, 1 ounce of Green Apple Schnapps, ice and a cocktail shaker.

  • Add ice to the shaker
  • Pour in the vodka and Schnapps
  • Shake
  • Strain into martini glasses
  • Add garnish, if desired


green-shamrock-ico.jpegGreen Goblin

You will need: 1 ounce Peach Schnapps, 1 ounce Vodka, 1 ounce Coconut Rum, 1 ounce Green Apple Schnapps, Sweet and Sour Mix, ice and a shaker.

  • Add ice to shaker
  • Pour in all ingredients
  • Shake
  • Pour into cocktail glass
  • Add lime wedge (optional)



You will need: 1 ounce Dry Vermouth, 1 ounce Gin, a dash of Green Creme de Menthe, ice and a mixing glass.

  • Add ice to mixing glass
  • Pour ingredients over ice
  • Stir gently until thoroughly mixed
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass


green-shamrock-ico.jpegEmerald Islegreen-beer-by-Eustaguio-Santamano.jpg

You will need: 1 teaspoon Creme de Menthe, 1 ounce Gin, a couple of dashes of Bitters, ice and a shaker.

  • Add ice to shaker
  • Pour ingredients over ice
  • Shake well
  • Strain into glass


green-shamrock-ico.jpegGreen Mist Cocktail

You will need: .5 ounce of Banana Liqueur, .5 ounces Cherry Brandy, 1 ounce Green Creme de Menthe, 3 ounces Ginger Ale, ice and a shaker.

  • Add ice to shaker
  • Add alcohol
  • Shake
  • Pour into cocktail glass
  • Add ginger ale


green-shamrock-ico.jpegBagpipers Melody

You will need: 1 ounce Whiskey, 1 ounce Green Creme de Menthe, ice and an old-fashioned glass.

  • Add ice to old fashioned glass
  • Pour in creme de menthe
  • Add whiskey
  • Stir and enjoy


green-shamrock-ico.jpegMint Cooler

You will need: 1 ounce Creme de Menthe, 1.5 ounces Gin, Ginger Ale, ice and a shaker.

  • Place ice in shaker
  • Add Creme de Menthe
  • Shake well
  • Strain into cocktail glass
  • Add Ginger Ale to taste


Non-Alcoholic Green Drinks

green-drink-by-medialoog.jpg If you prefer non-alcoholic green drinks, there are plenty to choose from.

Or, you can make your own non-alcoholic drinks green just by adding a few drops of green food coloring!

Here are a couple green drink recipes that don’t include alcohol:


green-shamrock-ico.jpegCoconut Pineapple Delight

You will need: .5 ounces Coconut Syrup, 3 ounces of Pineapple Juice, 3 Balm Leaves, Green Food Coloring, ice and a brandy snifter.

  • Add crushed ice to brandy snifter
  • Crumple balm leaves onto ice
  • Add coconut syrup
  • Add pineapple juice

green-shamrock-ico.jpeg Green Grape Iceberg

You will need 4 ounces of Sparkling Water, 4 ounces White Grape Juice, 10 Green Grapes (frozen), a blender, 2 drops Green Food Coloring and a highball glass.

  • Freeze green grapes
  • Pour grape juice into blender
  • Add 8 frozen grapes
  • Add 2 drops green food coloring
  • Blend for 15 seconds
  • Pour mixture into highball glass
  • Add sparkling water to taste
  • Stir and garnish with remaining grapes

The best part is all it takes is a little imagination to create your very own green drinks for St. Patrick’s Day.

Whether you choose green alcoholic drinks with a kick, or non-alcoholic green drinks to enjoy a drink with the entire family, you will have lots of fun trying out some new green drink recipes.



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