Getting beyond the pint of green beer on St. Pat's

In this image taken on Feb. 18, 2013, St. Patrick's Day cocktails, clockwise from top, emerald Mary, herbal remedy, and Irish grasshopper are shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Can we all just agree that unless you're a frat boy (or girl), green beer belongs nowhere near your lips on St. Patrick's Day?

Because there really are so many other ways to celebrate the holiday, not to mention far more appealing methods of sipping a green beverage.

To prove our point, we created three delicious alternatives to green beer. And just to prove it could be done, we also avoided that other St. Pat's cocktail crutch, Midori (a green melon liqueur).

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The herbal remedy also is delicious cut with seltzer and served as a spritzer. Or add ice to the blender and turn it into a frozen Irish margarita.

Herbal Remedy

Ingredients:

•Juice of 1 lemon

•Juice of 1 orange

•Juice of 1 lime

•1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger

•2 teaspoons honey

•2 sprigs fresh mint, leaves only

•2 large basil leaves

•1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey

Directions:

In a blender, combine ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into a cocktail glass with ice cubes.

Servings: 1

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