As luck would have it, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday this year, so there’s no excuse to skip out on celebrating. Across the country, green beer will flow like gold at the end of a rainbow. But you can just as easily make your own more unique version with this ginger and mint flavored shandy—a lighter, more flavorful take on the keg-flowing traditional green beer.
- 2 bottles ginger beer
- 2 bottles (Golden, Blonde, or Wheat) beer
- Green food coloring
- 4 large mint leaves, plus more for garnish
1. Several hours before serving, chill 4 beer glasses in the freezer.
2. At an angle, pour equal parts ginger beer and regular beer into the glasses. Squeeze 4-6 drops of food coloring in each glass. Stir to combine.
3. Take each sprig of mint in your palm, one at a time, and smack it with your other hand, like a clap. This releases the herb’s oils and will bring out the mint flavor in the drink. Place a leaf into each glass. Garnish each with another sprig of mint. Serve and keep ‘em coming!
Andrea LeTard is a personal chef, cooking instructor, and creator of Andrea’s Cooktales, a recipe website and video series where there’s a story behind every recipe. Her recipes are what she calls “next-generation southern” – fun and fundamentally southern with a modern twist using fine, fresh, and unexpected ingredients. She is a regular contributor on Local Memphis Live, her recipes have been featured on The Today Show, and she was chosen as a Top 100 contestant on MasterChef Season 6. Follow Andrea on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or read her blog and watch her video series at http://www.andreascooktales.com.