5 St Patrick's Day Cocktails to Help You Steer Clear of Green Beer

From Eric Rogell on Mar 05, 2013

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While most St. Patrick's traditions are fun and perfectly acceptable, there is one that should be avoided at all costs: Drinking green beer. Not that green tinted beer is bad, there's just something disrespectful about it. Like putting Santa in a green suit or giving Kate Upton green hair.

So if your local pub is serving nothing but emerald-hued brew this St. Patty's Day, turn to one of these Irish inspired cocktails instead. And while you'd think whiskey would be the go to spirit, these 5 feature everything from rum to vodka to chartreuse. Lucky for all of us.

Basil Hayden’s Irish Julep

2 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
½ part DeKuyper Green Crème de Menthe
1 part Half and Half

1. Shake all ingredients well with ice.
2. Strain over crushed ice into a highball glass.
3. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Shamrock Sour
Recipeby Julie Reiner – New York, NY
2 Parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
½ Part Green Chartreuse
½ Part Lemon Juice
½ Part Grapefruit Juice
½ Part Agave Simple Syrup* (To make, combine equal parts of water with Agave Syrup)
¼ Part Egg White

1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin and shake without ice to blend.
2. Add ice and shake.
3. Strain over fresh ice in a double rocks glass and garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon wheel.

CruzanPot of Gold
1 1/2 parts Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum
3/4 part DeKuyper Orange Curacao
3/4 part Fresh Orange Juice
2 parts Fresh Lemon Sour

1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin and shake with ice.
2. Strain into a cinnamon and sugar-rimmed cocktail glass.
3. Garnish with a flamed orange peel.

Kilbeggan Dubliner
3 parts Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
2 parts Sweet Vermouth
1½ parts Cherry Syrup
1½ parts Cranberry Juice
Dash Simple Syrup (optional)

1. Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake for 60 seconds.
2. Strain neat into a martini glass.
3. Garnish with a black cherry.

EFFEN Cucumber Irish Minty Kiss
1 ½ parts EFFEN Cucumber Vodka
1 part Lemon Juice
1 part Simple Syrup
10 Mint Leaves

1. Blend all ingredients with ice.
2. Serve in a rocks glass.
3. Garnish with a mintspring.

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