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Vibrant Cocktail Drinks for St. Patrick's Day

Updated on March 26, 2017

Light Up Your St. Patrick's Day Party With Green Cocktails

Are you hosting a party or bartending on St. Patrick's Day and need to know how to make green cocktail drinks? Although green beer is usually the first drink that comes to mind for many people, it is not the only alcoholic drink that you have to serve your guests on St. Patrick's. There is a large variety of cocktails that display a vibrant green color and come packed with great flavor as well.

Technically, almost any drink can be changed to a green color if you add food coloring to it. So if you have a favorite alcoholic beverage feel free to experiment by adding a few drops. If you feel a little more experimental, try out some of the drinks below that derive their green color from the actual drink ingredients. Have a few available at your next St. Patrick's Day party and be ready to share the recipes when people marvel at the results.

Green Beer

Green beer is one of the most popular drinks on St. Patty's Day
Green beer is one of the most popular drinks on St. Patty's Day | Source

One of the most popular drinks on St. Patrick's Day. It is probably the easiest to prepare as well. It is still up for debate whether green or blue food coloring brings about the best results, but the answer probably depends on what type of beer you are using.

Ingredients

  • Your favorite beer (lighter beers usually have better results)
  • Green or blue food coloring (number of drops depends on the color of the beer being used)

Preparation

  • Pour the beer in a chilled glass. Allow the foam to settle.
  • Add about 5 or 6 drops of food coloring and stir into the beer.

Green Goblin

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. peach schnapps
  • 1 oz. DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker Schnapps
  • 1 oz. coconut rum
  • 1 oz. sweet and sour mix

Preparation

  • Pour ingredients in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice.
  • Shake and pour drink mixture over ice cubes in a glass.
  • Serve with a wedge of lime (optional).

Emerald Isle

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. gin
  • 1 tsp green creme de menthe
  • 2 dashes bitters

Preparation

  • Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice cubes.
  • Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass.

The Yoda

Ingredients

  • 1 part Midori Melon liqueur
  • 1 splash vodka
  • 1 part Blue Curacao
  • 2 parts DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker
  • 1/2 handful of ice
  • 1 part sweet and sour mix

Preparation

  • Mix ingredients together in a shaker.
  • Pour into a glass over ice.

Irish Eyes

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Irish whiskey
  • 1/4 oz. green creme de menthe
  • 2 oz. creme
  • cherry for garnish

Preparation

  • Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake well and strain into a glass.

Green Apple Martini

An apple martini is full of taste and color
An apple martini is full of taste and color | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 part vodka
  • 1 part apple juice
  • 1 part DeKuyper Sour Apple Schnapps

Preparation

  • Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  • Shake well and serve.

Midori Melon Ball

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Midori melon liqueur
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 4 oz. pineapple or orange juice

Preparation

  • Shake ingredients together.
  • Strain drink mixture into an ice filled glass.

Midori Sour

Midori Sours are simple, fun, and VERY green
Midori Sours are simple, fun, and VERY green | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Midori melon liqueur
  • 1 oz. whiskey sour mix
  • 2 oz. Sprite
  • 2 cherries

Preparation

  • Fill glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Midori liqueur, sour mix and Sprite. Stir quickly.
  • Add cherries as garnish.

Midori Splice

Ingredients

  • 1/2 shot Midori melon liqueur
  • 1/2 shot Malibu coconut rum
  • pineapple juice

Preparation

  • Build all ingredients in a tall glass filled with ice.
  • Add Midori followed by coconut rum, and then fill the rest with pineapple juice.

Incredible Hulk

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz. Hennessy cognac
  • 1/2 oz. Hpnotiq liqueur

Preparation

  • Stir Hennessy and Hpnotiq together.
  • Serve over ice in a glass.

Green Jell-O Shots

You're never too old to enjoy Jell-O!
You're never too old to enjoy Jell-O! | Source

Last but not least are the party favorite, Jell-O Shots. The shots are almost as easy to make as the green beer described at the beginning of the article, and they are sure to be a hit when you break them out of the refrigerator. The recipe below should make about 20 shots depending on how large a glass/container you use for them.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker Schnapps
  • 1 package green apple Jell-O
  • 1 cup boiling water

Preparation

  • Boil water and stir in Jell-O until dissolved.
  • Add chilled Schnapps and continue stirring.
  • Pour mixture into shot glasses and place them in the refrigerator until set.

So as you can see, there are countless numbers of green drinks that can be prepared for St. Patrick's. Print out the recipes you enjoy the most or share them with your friends. And as always, be safe and responsible when consuming them.

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      Tom Caton 5 years ago from The Desk

      Where on earth did you find that guy doing the Emerald Isle??

      Something disturbing bout him!

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      Kieron Walker 5 years ago from Saratoga Springs, NY

      Ha ha. Yeah he's a real quirky guy. He has a series on YouTube where he mixes a ton of different drinks. Real educational, but real weird as well. Especially when he tastes the drinks and starts to describe them.

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      iphone-5-release 5 years ago from NY/HK

      I will be making these today!

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      Kieron Walker 5 years ago from Saratoga Springs, NY

      Nice! Let me know which one you enjoy the most.

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      iphone-5-release 5 years ago from NY/HK

      Too bad you can't comment with pictures -_- Green Beer already in action.

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      Kieron Walker 5 years ago from Saratoga Springs, NY

      Which food coloring did you try (blue or green)? And how many drops worked best for you?

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      Espana 4 years ago

      With over 750 drinks, running from malts to high balls, from nonalcoholic fruit punches to blitzed margaritas, this book will certainly get a work out on my patio this summer.

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      shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland

      Awesome recipes. Yeah, Derrick Schommer from Common Man Cocktails is pretty quirky, but definitely gives you a lot of knowledge and a real perspective on a drink. I can appreciate that. Good hub! Sharing and voting up!

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      Jenn-Anne 3 years ago

      Excellent drink ideas! Can't wait to try the jello shots!

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      healthy meals 3 years ago from Europe

      I am a fan of Gin&tonic, so you can guess, I am going to be trying your Emerald Isle I think I would like it.

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      Rick Grimes 3 years ago

      These are awesome! I'm gonna try to impress the people at our st.pattys day party with these xD

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      My family and I are staying in to celebrate St.Patrick's Day so I've been brainstorming some fun food and drink ideas for the kids to enjoy. I haven't thought about anything for my hubby and me but these drinks you listed sound perfect! I haven't had a Midori Sour in years and I do enjoy Martinis. The Emerald Isle sounds good, too. I'm glad to know we don't need to be hyped up on caffeine to make them! Thanks for the drink ideas. :)

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Love the looks of these beautiful drinks. The Apple Martini looks wonderful and I wish I could have one, but alas, no more.

      Voted up, beautiful, useful, pinned and shared.

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      Kieron Walker 2 years ago from Saratoga Springs, NY

      I feel the same way PegCole17. I'm not much of a drinker anymore, but some of these drinks are real tempting.

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