St. Patrick's Day is an annual celebration observed on 17th March, which marks the passing of the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. On this day, everyone dresses up in green and happy-go-lucky, people enjoy St. Patrick's Day Parades, traditional Irish food and drinks, and most importantly, green-colored drinks. And, what is happier than clinking green-colored beers with friends and family? If you're planning to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, why not add a twist to your usual holiday itinerary? Here's how to make green beer, the perfect beverage to elevate your holiday spirit!
The best thing about green beer is that it doesn't take long or cost much to prepare. You only require three ingredients: beer, food coloring, and a glass to consume the beverage. You might also need a stirrer to mix the beer and food coloring. Depending on your preference, you can use any beer of your choice - whether it's a light beer or a dark beer, any beer will do.
The first thing you'll need to do is prepare your working space. Cover the area with some newspaper or an old towel to avoid staining the surfaces. You'll also require some bowls to mix the food coloring and beer. It's best to grab a few beer glasses and some ice cubes, and set them on your workspace.
Food coloring is the secret ingredient that turns the standard yellow or brownish beer into an attractive green color. You can purchase liquid food coloring from any supermarket or online. A small bottle would suffice for this recipe. One note regarding food coloring - it can easily stain clothes and surfaces. Ensure that you're using old clothes or an apron while making the green beer, and protect your working surface accordingly.
Now let's get to the exciting part of making the green beer. The first step is to pour your beer into one of the bowls. You can pour in half or the whole bottle, depending on how much green beer you'd like to make. It's best to keep the beer chilled before mixing it with the food coloring.
Once you've poured the beer, add a few drops of food coloring to the mixture. The amount of food coloring to mix into the beer depends on how dark you want the green beer to be. Add two or three drops of green hue food coloring, give it a stir, and closely observe the color. If the beer is still not green enough, add a few more drops of food coloring and stir again. Repeat until the desired green color is achieved.
It's crucial to stir the beer thoroughly to mix the food coloring evenly. Some people would prefer to add the metallic green shimmer food coloring to the beer to give it a sparkle. It's important to note that this type of food coloring does not have the right consistency to mix well with the beer.
After mixing the food coloring and beer thoroughly, grab your glasses and fill them with ice cubes. This step is optional since not everyone likes to have ice in their beer. Once you add the ice, pour the green beer mixture into the glass, leaving a bit of space at the top of the glass. This space will come in handy if you prefer adding some green whipped cream on top of your beer. It's a great final touch to your St. Patrick's Day concoction.
Green food coloring can make your beer look amazing, but too much of it can alter the beer's taste. So, it's best to only add a few drops to avoid any possible unwanted flavors.
Another important aspect to consider when making green beer is the brand of the beer. Some beers tend to foam more than others, so it's vital to choose a brand that won't over-foam when using it to make green beer. Over-foaming could cause you to lose some of the beer's flavors.
In conclusion, making green beer for St. Patrick's Day is fun and easy, and it adds a vibrant touch to your holiday celebration. Remember to use the right tools; a few bowls, beer glasses, and food coloring. You can use any beer brand of your choice and add a few drops of green food coloring to achieve that desired hue. Lastly, don't forget to sip and enjoy the taste and the holiday spirit that comes with the green beer. Happy St. Patrick's Day!