Green Drinks For St. Patrick’s Day That Do Not Involve Food Coloring Or Beer

You might not think that St. Patrick’s Day would be a big deal in New Orleans. Between the debauchery of Carnival and the excesses of food/music festivals in March and April, does the city really need another day devoted to drinking?

Yes. Yes we do.

Like many places in the U.S., New Orleans has a huge Irish population, many of whom enjoy toasting their country’s patron saint every March 17. Thankfully unlike many places in the U.S., New Orleans drinkers aren’t satisfied with a few simple pitchers of green beer or a round of appletinis. They want something a little out of the ordinary.

And so, the League of Spirited Tipplers has culled a wee handful of tasty, green-tinged concoctions to put you in the holiday spirit. (We have resisted the urge to call them “shamrocktails”, because that is gross.) Enjoy them whether you’re at the Uptown parade, the downtown parade, or anywhere else, for that matter — just remember to dodge those cabbages!

Pearl Harbor
The Pearl Harbor is a little like a Melon Ball — in fact, it’s a lot like a Melon Ball. But just as a slim wedge of lime transforms a rum and Coke into a delicioso Cuba Libre, a cherry and some pineapple convert this tasty drink into something altogether different. It’s booze and food all in one glass. Can you really complain about that?

2 ounces vodka
1 ounce melon liqueur
pineapple juice
maraschino cherry
pineapple chunks (not slices, not “crushed pineapple”: chunks)

Fill a reasonably sized glass with ice and toss in the booze. Throw in the pineapple chunks and top off with the pineapple juice and the maraschino cherry.

If you’re the sort of person who likes to keep her cocktails and canapes separate, the Grasshopper could be a perfect fit for your repertoire. It’s boozy, to be sure, but not overwhelmingly so. It’s also one of the easiest recipes on Planet Earth.

3/4 ounce cream
3/4 ounce white creme de cacao
3/4 ounce creme de menthe

Toss the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass (or go-cup, if you’re on a parade route).

Golden Green Apple Cocktail
Our friends in Chicago have raved about this drink, and since it’s such a lovely shade of green — a peridot, really — it’s a great fit for this list. It’s also made with Irish whiskey, which seems appropriate, given the day, right?

2 ounces Irish whiskey
1 ounces apple schnapps
2 ounces white cranberry juice

Make this the same way you made the Grasshopper: dump everything into an ice-filled shaker and go to town. Strain into a chilled glass. Sip slowly — this one packs a wallop if you don’t watch what you’re doing.


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