5 Delicious Green Cocktails to Do St. Patrick's Day RightS

Do you know what's great about green beer? Absolutely nothing, you filthy animal, that was a trick question. To help you rise above those green-toothed suckers swilling down their flavorless lagers, we tapped a few of the country's top bartenders and got recipes for some truly delectable cocktails that just happen to be green. Get ready to blow some minds.

It's Friday afternoon, you've made it through the long week, and it's time for Happy Hour, Gizmodo's weekly booze column. A cocktail shaker full of innovation, science, and alcohol. Pinch me.


Shamrock Cocktail

5 Delicious Green Cocktails to Do St. Patrick's Day Right

First off, we have a cocktail custom made for the occasion. It comes to us from mixologist Freddy Diaz, president at Alambiq, a mixology consulting company based out of Florida.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Plymouth Gin
  • 1/2 oz. Pernod Absinthe
  • 3/4 oz. Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 1 Egg White
  • Angostura bitters

Add ingredients in a shaker glass. Dry shake without ice to emulsify egg whites. Add ice and shake vigorously, then strain in a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with an Angostura Bitter sprayed shamrock. For shamrock garnish, draw or print out a picture of a shamrock and cut out on a plastic sheet or hard cardboard paper. Add Angostura bitters to a mister. Place template over glass and spray over cocktail until you have your Shamrock.


Green Giant

This next one comes to us from Tom Macy, head bartender at the Clover Club (Brooklyn, NY). His green drink is like sipping nature. It's the very appropriately named Green Giant.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Hayman's Old Tom Gin
  • .75 Lemon
  • .75 Simple syrup
  • .5 Dry Vermouth
  • 4 sugar snap peas (halfed)
  • 8-10 fresh tarragon leaves

Muddle 4 halved sugar snap peas and 8-10 tarragon leaves in simple syrup. Shake and strain into rocks glass with crushed ice. Garnish with two snaps peas.

Ho ho ho.


Hada Verde (Green Fairy)

5 Delicious Green Cocktails to Do St. Patrick's Day Right

Our next stop is with our dear friend Anne-Louise Marquis, who has helped us out on more than one occasion. She reps Pernod now, which just happens to be green, don't it? Her go-to green drink is the Hada Verde, or Green Fairy:
Ingredients:

  • 1oz blanco tequila
  • 1/2oz Pernod Absinthe
  • 1 oz Lime juice
  • 3/4 simple syrup
  • pinch of seasalt
  • freshly muddled rosemary.

Build, shake and strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass.

Alternatively, you can make a punch called the Green Beast, which we showed you how to do in our absinthe popsicles episode.


Kale In Comparison

5 Delicious Green Cocktails to Do St. Patrick's Day Right

From the critically acclaimed cocktail bar Apothéke in Manhattan, Caitlin Conley brings us this pun-tastic drink (created by Nicolas O'Connor), which actually sounds as healthy as it sounds delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 oz Fresh Kale Juice
  • 3/4 oz Fresh Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • dash of ginger juice
  • 2 oz Vodka

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass with a salted rim.

Dang. We might just have to add that to our list of the healthiest drinks.


Margaritas and Mojitos

5 Delicious Green Cocktails to Do St. Patrick's Day RightS

We asked our old friend Sother Teague of Amor y Amargo and Booker and Dax fame to weigh in. The man's advice? Keep it simple. Make a mojito or a margarita. Good call. If you're not into fancy, you don't have to be. And if you want them to be greener, muddle some fresh kiwi into them.

The point is you can do better. Much better. You don't need to stain your insides green or get punched in the face for ordering a car bomb to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. On the other hard, if you do want to make Car Bomb Jello Shots or my original recipe for Cold-Brew Irish Coffee, those are highly recommended.


Big thank yous to Anne-Louise Marquis, Freddy Diaz, Tom Macy, Caitlin Conley, and Sother Teague for helping out.

Image credit: Shutterstock/Igor Klimov