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Green Beer – How to make your own St. Paddy’s Day green beer.

There’s no denying that green beer is an American St. Patrick’s Day tradition. And though it’s origins are shrouded in mystery, almost every bar serves up a version of this iconic drink on March 17th.

But there’s no reason that you can’t enjoy a good pint of shamrock colored beer at home or at any St. Patrick’s day get together. Green beer is a sure-fire topic starter, especially if some of your guests haven’t seen it before. What could be more fun than a green beer paired with a heaping dish of corned beef and potatoes, or corned beef nachos?

Putting it together is simple. Just find a suitable glass or mug and put about 2 drops of green liquid food coloring in the bottom.

Next, pour in any light colored beer of your choice. But pour slow, it’ll foam up pretty heavily.

Green Beer For St. Paddy's Day

Green Beer For St. Paddy’s Day

Wait for the head to subside a little, then top of your mug.

And there you have it. Green beer fit for any St. Patrick’s day celebration. Even if you’re not Irish, You’ll have the spirit of the emerald aisle in the palm of your hand.

Green Beer
Yield: 1 green beer

Green Beer - How to make your own St. Paddy's Day green beer.

Green Beer For St. Paddy's Day. It's as American as apple pie, but it still manages to bring out the Irish in all of us.


  • 12 to 16 ounces of light colored beer.
  • 2 to 3 drops of green liquid food coloring per serving
  • Green salt for rimming the glass, if desired.


  1. *Optional* Wet lip of glass or mug and dip in green margarita salt for a more festive and slightly salty experience.
  2. Place 2 drops of green liquid food coloring in the bottom of a glass or mug. Pour beer into mug slowly.
  3. Drink Up!


You do not have to stir or mix this at all. Just pouring the beer over the food coloring will completely mix the two together. If you'd like a "streaky" effect, add a drop of food coloring to beer that's already been poured.

You can make a virgin green beer for the kids or non-drinkers by substituting ginger ale for the beer.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2452Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 101743mgCarbohydrates: 202gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 26g

Nobody knows for sure where this drink was originally made. But it’s rumored to have been a pharmacist in either Boston or Philadelphia who originally came up with the idea of turning beer from yellow to green using a blue tint. (These were used to color medicines, and later came to be used in soda fountains as well.)

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