Green beer alternatives

ALISON LADMAN, Associated PressMarch 13, 2013 

Can we all just agree that unless you're a frat boy (or girl), green beer belongs nowhere near your lips on St. Patrick's Day?

Because there really are so many other ways to celebrate the holiday, not to mention far more appealing methods of sipping a green beverage.

To prove our point, we created three delicious alternatives to green beer. And just to prove it could be done, we also avoided that other St. Pat's cocktail crutch, Midori (a green melon liqueur).

Herbal Remedy

Start to finish: 10 minutes. Servings: 1.

Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 orange
Juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger
2 teaspoons honey
2 sprigs fresh mint, leaves only
2 large basil leaves
1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey

In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into a cocktail glass with a couple of ice cubes.

Emerald Mary

Start to finish: 15 minutes. Servings: 1.

3 tomatillos, husked and roughly chopped
Zest and juice of 2 limes
2 sprigs cilantro, plus more to garnish
1/2 very ripe avocado
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon horseradish
2 ounces vodka
1/4 cup water
Salt and pepper
Hot sauce, to taste
1 stalk celery, to serve

In a blender, combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth. Pour into a tall glass with ice, then garnish with celery and cilantro.

Irish Grasshopper

Start to finish: 10 minutes. Servings: 1.

1 ounce Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur
1 ounce green creme de menthe liqueur
1 ounce clear creme de cacoa liqueur
1/2 cup whole milk
Finely chopped Andes chocolate mint candies

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake together the Bailey's, creme de menthe, creme de cacoa and milk. Moisten the rim of a glass with the cocktail mixture, then dip the rim in the chopped candies to coat the rim. Strain the drink into the glass.

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