Darcy Lenz Darcy Lenz
March 17, 2016

The concept of dumping green food coloring in beer has never sat right with me. Honestly,  I don't have some huge fundamental problem with a touch of food coloring on occasion... I just get weirded out when people go overboard with it (like the time my elementary school attempted to color scrambled eggs and generic lunch meat green for Dr. Seuss' birthday—it was disturbing and completely unnecessary, we could have just read the book). And pouring  green dye into a vat of Miller High Life then up-charging it because now it's "luck leprechaun beer" seems more excessive than it is festive.

That said, I'm probably just a party pooper and thus, don't understand the obvious appeal. That's fine. I'd rather drink a Guinness for my celebratory Irish beer statement, or even better—I'd much rather party down with a a refreshing sip that's naturally got a St. Paddy's-approved color scheme going on. As I've said before, I'm a fan of mixing juicing and boozing.

Each of the following drinks are loaded with bright fresh flavors and equally bright au naturale green glow. Feel free to enjoy the recipes as they are, or follow my recommended additions to make them a bit more spirited.

Cucumber Fennel Cooler

Add some spirit: Add 1 1/2 ounces gin to the cocktail shaker when mixing up this cool-as-a-cumber sipper.

Glowing Green Juice

Add some spirit: Stir in 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila and let it glow, let it glow, let it glow.

Everyday Green Juice

Add some spirit: Mixing in 1 1/2 ounces of your favorite vodka takes this green juice from everyday to St. Patrick's Day.

Kiwi Colada

Add some spirit: This baby is already packing white rum and Midori, you're covered.

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