How to Make Green Beer

What would St. Patrick’s Day be without green beer? Here’s how to make it—with and without food dye.


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You Will Need

  • A light-colored beer
  • Frosty beer mugs
  • Green food coloring or blue curaçao liqueur


  1. Step 1

    Chill beer mugs

    Chill some 16-ounce beer mugs in the freezer.

  2. Step 2

    Add food coloring

    When the glasses are nice and frosty, add a few drops of green food coloring to the bottom of each.

  3. Step 3

    Substitute curaçao

    If you’d prefer not to use food dye, add of shot of blue curaçao liquor to each mug instead of the coloring.

  4. Be sure to add the coloring or the liquor before you pour the beer, or else you’ll have to stir it.

  5. Step 4

    Add beer

    Pour light-colored ale into the chilled mug, since beer that’s dark to start will just get darker when dyed. Add more food coloring if necessary.

  6. Step 5

    Raise your glass

    Raise your glass and offer this traditional Irish blessing: 'May the road rise to meet you; May the wind be always at your back; May the sun shine warm upon your face; And rains fall soft upon your field; And until we meet again; May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.'

  7. When St. Patrick was 16 years old, pirates captured him in his native Wales and sold him as a slave in Ireland.