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  • Writer's pictureKayla Borgen

7 Alternatives to Green Beer for St. Patrick's Day

1. Pot of Gold

You can make a Pot of Gold with mint, elderflower, cucumber, ginger beer, and vodka. While this recipe calls for Voli Lite vodka, I’m sure you can substitute any of your favorites that don’t taste like gummy bears or cotton candy. The cucumbers are used as a garnish, and the ginger beer – which is added near the end – adds an unexpected kick. Get the recipe > 2. Irish Coffee Here’s a drink that you’ll probably find year-round at certain restaurants, but hey – it’s got Irish in the name, so this is the time to drink it. Popularly made with Jameson Irish Whiskey, this recipe doesn’t require too many fancy ingredients. Plus, anything with coffee in it is sure to be delightful. Get the recipe > 3. Emerald Isle If you insist on drinking something green, the Emerald Isle might be up your alley. Especially if you’re a fan of gin. What makes this drink really shine are the bitters, which you’ll need two dashes of per cocktail. Also make sure you have some creme de menthe on hand for this one. Am I the only one who thinks this drink is kind of pretty to look at? Get the recipe > 4. St. Paddy’s Day Punch One reason why you should try this drink? It contains limeade. I find limeade to be completely underrated. Granted, this punch is often seen as being non-alcoholic. Which is totally fine, especially if you’re hosting a party with under-aged guests. However, if everyone in your party is over 21, adding a little bit of a light rum to the original recipe will take it to a new dimension. Get the recipe > 5. Shandy The best part about shandy is that it’s literally two ingredients – in fact, you might have them in your fridge as we speak. Do you have beer and ginger ale? Combine them, and you’ve got shandy! For the record, 7-Up works just as well. Get the recipe > 6. Green Iced Teaquila Tequila lovers, don’t you fret. I know you’re few and far between, but I haven’t forgotten about you. Even better, I bring you a St. Patrick’s Day drink that combines your alcohol of choice with other, healthy things that balance it out a bit. A Green Iced Tea is almost exactly what it sounds like – Ginger Lemon tea, and some juice from cucumbers, lemons, and limes. In fact, it seems like tea and tequila are kind of a perfect combo to the most daring bartenders. Get the recipe > 7. Lucky Tart If you want to channel the luck of the leprechaun, this might be a good choice for you. This drink also incorporates tequila, as well as melon liqueur and sour apple pucker. If you’re like me, you might have some sour apple pucker laying around from 9 years ago, after you just turned 21 and felt like you could be a master bartender with a collection of a bunch of weird garbage. Get the recipe >

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