don’t drink (fake) green beer…
saint paddy’s day libations

Green Cocktails

OK, if you want to drink organic beer, especially if it’s locally produced, by all means, enjoy a green beer. But let’s skip the food-coloring-enhanced “green” beers that dominate our favorite bars on the 17th of each March. Then again, why stick with beer? There are plenty of festive options, and with organic liquors, juices and mixers, they can be a whole lot greener than those green beers you’ve quaffed in the past. Grab your cocktail shaker and some cool glasses and get shakin’!

Shamrock Shaker

  • 1 ½ ounces reposado tequila
  • ½ ounce sour apple liqueur
  • ¼ ounce agave nectar
  • 2 ounces lime juice

Pour everything into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with thinly sliced green apple.

Celtic Sea Breeze

  • 2 ounces lime juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ½ ounces vodka
  • Splash of club soda
  • Basil

Pour lime juice, simple syrup, vodka and basil into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Add a splash of club soda and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Green Cosmo

  • 1 ounce Midori (or other melon liqueur)
  • 1 ounce lemon vodka
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice

Pour everything into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass, garnish with a twist of lemon.

The Brotherhood (for a taste of tradition)

  • 1 1/2 ounce Irish whiskey
  • 3/4 ounce Grand Marnier
  • 3/4 ounce Bénédictine
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice

Pour everything into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a margarita style glass. Twist a piece of lemon peel over the top and drop into the drink. 

Emerald Isle

  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 teaspoon crème de menthe
  • 2 dashes bitters

Pour everything into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.

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