It might not be a very Irish thing, but making green beer for St. Patrick’s Day is definitely an American thing to do, and we love it. There’s something fun and whimsical about drinking green beer on St. Patrick’s Day, so we’re doing it!
You’ll be glad to hear that it’s incredibly easy to make green beer. There’s no big secret here. It’s just two ingredients: green food coloring and a light beer, like a Pilsner.
All you need to do is add one or two drops of food coloring into your glass, then pour the beer into the mug. You can add more if you want a darker color. The food coloring won’t change the taste at all.
» If you want to try a real Irish drink for St. Patricks’ Day, check out these Irish Whiskey Cocktails.
What Beer to Use for a Green Beer
The best beers to use for green beer are light in color and body. A pilsner or ale will work. Budweiser, Coors, Corona – and of those light colored beers.
Darker beers aren’t ideal for this St. Patrick’s Day beer. So you won’t be able to turn your Irish Guinness green, sadly.
Cloudy beers, like a Heifeweizen or hoppy IPA isn’tthe best choice either, if you’re looking for a clear beer.
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This fun and festive American tradition is very easy to make so you can celebrate your St. Patrick's Day in color.
- 12 oz light beer
- 1-2 drops green food coloring
- Add a few drops of green food coloring to a pint glass.
- Slowly pour in the beer. Add additional coloring as desired.
Use a light-colored beer, like a Pilsner, for the best affect.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 14mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g
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Laura is the founder and editor of the travel blogs Savored Sips and Savored Journeys. She is dedicated to sharing the best information about drinks found around the world.