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An Irish Grasshopper, left, Emerald Mary and Herbal Remedy offer alternatives to green beer for St. Patrick's Day partying.

If your St. Pat's beverages must be green, try these variations

Published: Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 5D

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 while avoiding that other St. Pat's cocktail crutch, Midori (a green melon liqueur).

Herbal Remedy

This bracing cocktail also is delicious cut with seltzer and served as a spritzer. Or add ice to the blender and turn it into a frozen Irish margarita.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

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

INSTRUCTIONS

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


Emerald Mary

Prep time: 15 minutes

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

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 ground black pepper, to taste

Hot sauce, to taste

1 stalk celery, to serve

INSTRUCTIONS

In a blender, combine the tomatillos, lime zest and juice, cilantro, avocado, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, vodka and water. Blend until smooth. Pour into a tall glass with ice, then garnish with celery and cilantro.


Irish Grasshopper

Prep time: 10 minutes

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

1 ounce Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur

1 ounce green crème de menthe liqueur

1 ounce clear crème de cacao liqueur

1/2 cup whole milk

Finely chopped Andes chocolate mint candies, to garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake together the Bailey's, crème de menthe, crème de cacoa and milk. Moisten the rim of a double Old Fashioned 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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