Cook Fast, Live Young: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2011 by Making Your Own Green Beer

Cook Fast, Live Young: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2011 by Making Your Own Green Beer

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Top o’ the morning to you, laddies (and lasses)!

St. Patty’s Day is right round the bend again, and many of ye be wanting green beer for the holiday. Probably about as many as want me to stop this weird faux-Irish brogue, so let’s get right to it.

Making green beer is incredibly simple and can be done in a matter of minutes if you have the right beer and materials. Find the right beer.

Since it’s St. Patty’s Day ideally you want an Irish beer–but to get that nice green color, a pale brew is best. The best of both worlds: Harp, a pale Irish lager. Feel free to experiment with your favorite brew and see what you like.

Select your food coloring: green or blue?

It just seems logical that you would go with the green, right? Not so fast. While either color will work, blue actually gives you a deeper, darker green by mixing with the natural color of the beer. It really depends on what you want. Blue food coloring equals olive green; while green food coloring gives you a brighter, more emerald green.

The step-by-step process:

Once you have your beer and food coloring, you’re ready to begin. Pour the beer into a glass and use about six drops of food coloring for each drink. Grab a spoon to mix the coloring in and…voila! You’ve got your green beer. (Told you it was easy!)

For pitchers or other larger batches of beer, simply adjust the amount of food coloring accordingly. And if you insist on a darker beer like Guinness, it’s still possible to get a little green in there, but it’s going to take a lot more coloring. Experiment for yourself and see what works for you!

Juliana Weiss-Roessler has ten years of professional writing and editing experience. For four years, she managed the web content for the star of an Emmy-nominated reality series. Currently, she is an editor for the geek girl e-zine, a contributor to the career blog at, and owner of the food blog Follow her @cookfast on Twitter and learn more about her work at

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