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By Jamie Grill

Whether you’re planning a fabulous party or plan on crawling the bars, with these drinks it’s easy being green. Whichever libation you enjoy, just be sure to raise your glass and toast “Slà¡inte!” (Pronounced Slawn-cha).

GUINNESS
This year marks the 250-year anniversary of Guinness, the stout beer synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day. If you don’t like drinking it straight try a Black and Tan, equal parts Guinness and a lighter beer, often Harp. If making them at home pour Harp into the first half of a pint glass and “float” the Guinness on top by pouring it slowly over the back of a bar spoon. For a more posh option try a Black Velvet, equal parts Guinness and champagne.

BEER
While Guinness deserves its own category on St. Patrick’s Day, there are plenty of other great Irish beers available in New York. Smithwicks, Murphy’s, Beamish, O’Hares and Magners Irish Cider (which is a cider, not a beer) are all available at pubs and liquor stores across the city. If you want to provide green beer for your soiree, it’s made simply by adding one to two drops of green food coloring to a light colored ale and stirring.

WHISKEY
The English word for whisky comes from the Gaelic phrase uisce beatha, meaning “water of life.” On St. Patrick’s Day, stick with Jameson Irish Whisky. Normally you’d drink it on the rocks or as a shot, but if you’re feeling sick and want to be brought back to life, try it as a Hot Whisky, by pouring 2 and 1/2 ounces of whisky, hot water, a slice of lemon with 4 cloves wedged into it, and a teaspoon of sugar into a sour glass. Stir it until the sugar dissolves and the warmth from this Irish cure-all will have you ready to party.

SHOOTERS
If a full-sized Guinness is too much for you, try a Baby Guinness. These shots are on the sweeter side and can be made easily by filling 3/4ths of a shot glass with Kahlua, a coffee liquor, and gently pouring Baileys, an Irish crème liquor, on top. The floating head of Baileys gives the appearance of a tiny Guinness. You can also prepare an Irish Flag by adding equal parts green crème de menthe, Baileys, and Grand Mariner to a shot glass, in that order. Float each one on top the other and the resulting layered colors will be reminiscent of the Irish flag.

COCKTAILS
So you’re still craving a cocktail? Try an Irish Eyes, which is a whisky cocktail similar to a White Russian. Add 1 oz of Irish whisky, 1/4 oz of green crème de menthe, and 2 of oz cream to a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Pour into an old-fashioned glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry. And if that’s still not enough to get you in the mood to celebrate, while it’s not Irish, you can still get into the spirit with a stand-by favorite, a green Apple Martini.

Originally published March 2009
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