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Skip the green beer; go for a classy cocktail

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Alison Ladman, Associated Press
  • An Irish grasshopper (left), an emerald Mary (back) and an herbal remedy.

    Matthew Mead / Associated PRess

    An Irish grasshopper (left), an emerald Mary (back) and an herbal remedy.

Can we all just agree that unless you're a frat boy (or girl), green beer belongs nowhere near your lips on St. Patrick's Day? Because there really are so many other ways to celebrate the holiday, not to mention far more appealing green beverages. To prove our point, we created three delicious alternatives to green beer. This first bracing cocktail also is delicious cut with seltzer and served as a spritzer. Or add ice to the blender and turn it into a frozen Irish margarita.
Herbal remedy

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint, leaves only
  • 2 large basil leaves
  • 11/2 ounces Irish whiskey

In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into a cocktail glass with a couple of ice cubes. Makes 1 serving.
Irish grasshopper

  • 1 ounce Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur
  • 1 ounce green creme de menthe liqueur
  • 1 ounce clear creme de cacao liqueur
  • 1/2 cup whole milk

Finely chopped Andes chocolate mint candies, to garnish
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake together the Bailey's, creme de menthe, creme de cacao and milk.
Moisten the rim of a double old fashioned glass with the cocktail mixture, then dip the rim in the chopped candies to coat the rim.
Strain the drink into the glass. Makes 1 serving.
Emerald Mary

  • 3 tomatillos, husked and roughly chopped
  • Zest and juice of 2 limes
  • 2 sprigs cilantro, plus more to garnish
  • 1/2 very ripe avocado
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • Hot sauce, to taste
  • 1 stalk celery, to serve

In a blender, combine the tomatillos, lime zest and juice, cilantro, avocado, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, vodka and water. Blend until smooth.
Pour into a tall glass with ice, then garnish with celery and cilantro. Makes 1 serving.
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