Green Cocktails Adding Symbolic Color to St. Patrick’s Day Party Tables

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St. Patrick’s Day celebration is a fun tradition bringing green colors and creative food decoration ideas. Green cocktails and green foods are an excellent excuse to party and enjoy drinks and snacks that are unusual and playful. St. Patrick’s Day ideas fascinate all, even those without a drop of Irish blood. Beautiful clove leaves and striking white and green colors make everyone Irish for a day to enjoy green drinks, snacks, and smiles.

Creative food decoration inspired by clove leaves and green drinks are popular treats offering plenty of different recipes. You may want to stick with Irish spirits, green beer, Irish whiskey, Irish cream, or create a unique drink and snacks in white and green colors. Perfect for summer parties also, fresh fruits and vegetables, water and ice cubes offer fabulous inspirations for creative St. Patrick’s Day surprises.

Lauren Mote, co-proprietor of Bittered Sling and internationally famous mixologist, shares three recipes for tequila-based cocktails with NUVO Magazine, White and green colors can beautifully decorate your party tables and delight your guests. The margarita cocktails are comprised of a spirit, acid, and sugar to balance the taste. The fresh cocktails are a sophisticated and complex spin on a classic favorite. Green ingredients make these cocktails ideal for St. Patrick’s Day celebration, showing your creative nature and spreading the Irish cheer to all your friends.

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1. Aloe Verde

Aloe Verde cocktail


1-ounce Don Julio Blanco tequila
½ ounce Manzana Apple liqueur
½ ounce Amaro Nonino
3/4 lime juice (strained and free of pulp, unpasteurized)
2 dashes Bittered Sling Shanghai Rhubarb bitters
1-pinch kosher salt

Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Double strain neat into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a swath of lime peel on the side of the glass.

2. Latin Dahlia

Latin Dahlia


1.5 ounce Don Julio Blanco tequila
½ ounce Yellow Chartreuse
3/4 lime juice (strained and free of pulp, unpasteurized)
3/4 pineapple syrup
2 dashes Bittered Sling Moondog bitters

Add all ingredients and ice to a shaker, shake for 5 – 7 seconds. Double strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a pineapple triangle and pineapple leaves.

3. Century Plant

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3/4 ounce Don Julio Blanco tequila
3/4 ounce Los Siete Misterios “Doba-Yej” mezcal
1-ounce celery juice (strained and free from pulp, unpasteurized)
1-ounce lime juice (strained and free from pulp, unpasteurized)
1-ounce Giffard Ginger syrup
3-ounce Driftwood Gose-uh beer (or equivalent)
2 dashed Bittered Sling Cascade Celery bitters

Add all ingredients except the beer to a shaker, add ice, and shake for 5–7 seconds. Double strain over ice in a polished Collins glass. Top with beer, and garnish with celery and mint.

4. Alternative, fruit cocktails

  by Ena Russ   

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