Green Glowing Concoctions

By Ashley Berger

Editor’s note: This is part of the Daily Collegian’s St. Patrick’s Day special issue.

Keeping with the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day, impress your Irish comrades by donning the color green with more than just your outfit. After all, what could be more festive than drinking green drinks? While the names and flavors of these beverages may not be entirely Irish, you can still fool anyone with their shockingly emerald coloring. Mostly mixed with already green liqueurs such as Absinthe or Midori, these drinks tend to come out sweet and strong – so be sure to enjoy rounds responsibly!

Green Jell-O Shots

Nothing says “It’s a St. Patrick’s Day party” like festive Jell-O shots. To prepare, boil water and mix a package of Green Apple Jell-O. Add one cup of DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker Schnapps. Divide into shot glasses or small plastic cups and let sit. For an added kick, you can also mix in vodka. Recipe courtesy of jasyjen from listmyfive.com.

Feeling ambitious? Get in touch with your Irish roots by making layered shots resemble the flag. Prepare the recipe listed above for Green Jell-O Shots, but this time, substitute the green apple-flavored Jell-O for orange flavor. Exchange the Apple Pucker for Three Olives Rangtang Vodka. With the green mix, fill your shot glasses or cups halfway, and then let the mixes set. When the first half is firm, add in the orange mixture and let set again. Though this shot requires patience, it is sure to impress your friends!

The Merry Grasshopper

If you’re hoping to bug out in more ways than one this holiday, try this milky potion. Shake together an ounce of dry gin, a quarter of an ounce of crème de menthe, 1.5 ounces heavy cream and top with a dash of orange bitters for a final kick. Shake with ice to enjoy. Recipe courtesy of thebar.com.

Midori June Bug

If you have an insatiable taste for sweetness, then this will surely satisfy that pesky sweet tooth. Shake together an ounce of Midori, a half an ounce of coconut rum, a half an ounce of banana liquor, some sour mix and pineapple juice to top it off. Garnish with your choice of fruit, then let loose! Recipe courtesy of debijean on Yahoo! answers.

Emerald Isle

Don’t bother booking a plane ticket to Ireland when the Emerald Isle right in the kitchen with this tremendous blend of flavors. Shake together an ounce of gin, some crème de menthe and some bitters for a potent and emerald-colored drink. Recipe courtesy of Colleen Graham on about.com.

Leprechaun Leap

Looking for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Well, we’re no leprechauns, but this drink is strong enough to convince you to find one. Muddle one whole peeled kiwi. Add in an ounce of vodka, an ounce of Domaine de Canton, some lemon juice and some simple syrup. Drink up and go chase a leprechaun! Recipe courtesy of Star Hodgson on about.com.

Shamrocked

For an entirely alcoholic shooter that is guaranteed to get you rocked for the day, try this shot. Shake together two ounces of Midori, one-half ounce of Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and one-half ounce of Carolan’s Irish cream liqueur for a shot that will make you clutch a nearby wall after throwing back. Recipe courtesy Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey on about.com.

Green Daiquiri Punch

Pucker up. And tell your friends to do so too in preparation for this tart treat. Mix two cans of frozen limeade and two cups of lemon lime Gatorade, a cup of light rum and some sprite for a tart twisting punch. Recipe courtesy recipezaar.

Green Monster

Make Massachusetts’ capital happy with this nod to Boston with yet another green beverage. Mix together one-half ounce of Blue Curacao, an ounce of gin, an ounce of Grand Marnier, an ounce of white rum and an ounce of vodka for a monster good time! Recipe courtesy idrink.com.

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