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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.


  • Step 1: Chill beer mugs Chill some 16-ounce beer mugs in the freezer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • TIP: Be sure to add the coloring or the liquor before you pour the beer, or else you’ll have to stir it.
  • 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.
  • 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.'
  • FACT: When St. Patrick was 16 years old, pirates captured him in his native Wales and sold him as a slave in Ireland.

You Will Need

  • A light-colored beer
  • Frosty beer mugs
  • Green food coloring or blue curau00e7ao liqueur

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