If you have been enjoying an emerald-colored beer at your favorite Irish pub year after year and want to make it at home during lockdown, you may be surprised just how easy it really is.
Legend has it that a doctor named Dr. Thomas Curtin created green beer as we know it for a party at the Schnerer Club of Morrisania in the Bronx for St. Patrick’s Day 1914.
There is no trick to making green beer and it requires no special skills. It is, quite simply, a light-colored beer that has a drop of green food coloring added to it. The flavor does not change, only the color.
It should be noted that if you want to drink like a real Irishman and celebrate the Emerald Isle’s heritage, nothing is more appropriate than a pint of Guinness or a shot of Irish whiskey.
Choosing the right beer
Almost any beer will work, but some produce a brighter color than others. To get the very greenest of beers, choose a light-colored brew such as Budweiser, Miller, Busch, or Coors. Alternatively, look for a great pale-colored craft beer such as a German pilsner.
If you want to experiment with a darker beer, you are likely to encounter an interesting effect. The body of the beer will turn darker and have a slight evergreen hue when held to the light. The best part, however, is that the foam will soak up the coloring, and though it may not last long, take on that green color.
12 ounces of beer
1 drop of green food coloring
How to prepare
Gather the ingredients
Add one drop of green food coloring to a clear glass.
Pour the beer into the glass. Serve and enjoy!