Recipes for your St. Patrick’s Day bender. If green beer isn’t your thing, consider these three high-powered recipes using Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
Green Apple Martini
5 tablespoons Tito’s Handmade Vodka
5 tablespoons sour-apple schnapps
5 tablespoons lemonade
5 tablespoons lemon-lime soda
Cinnamon and sugar for rimming glass
Lime slice for garnish
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine vodka, schnapps, lemonade and lemon-lime soda. Cover and shake vigorously. Dip rim edge of martini glasses in a shallow dish with 1/4-inch water, then in a shallow dish with 1/4-inch of equal parts sugar and cinnamon mixture. Strain shaken mixture into prepared glasses, garnish with lime slice and serve.
Green Flash Cocktail
1 ounce Tito’s Handmade Vodka
1/2 ounce Peach Schnapps
1/2 ounce Blue Curacao
3 ounces orange juice
3 ounces Sprite
Lemon wedge, for garnish
Maraschino cherry, for garnish
Mix ingredients together and serve over ice. Garnish with orange slice and maraschino cherry.
Green Vodka Mojito
Ingredients (mint simple syrup)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup fresh mint leaves
 In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, water and mint leaves. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.  Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool for 20 minutes. Strain before using, pressing on the mint leaves to extract as much syrup as possible.
1 1/2 cups mint simple syrup
1 cup Tito’s Handmade Vodka, chilled
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup club soda, chilled
Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
Lime wedges, for garnish
In a pitcher, combine the simple syrup, vodka, lime juice and club soda. Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish with mint sprigs and lime wedges.
Make Your Own Green Beer
Add 3 to 5 drops of green food coloring to the bottom of your favorite pint glass, then fill with your favorite light beer such as a pilsner (Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils) or a pale ale (Sierra Nevada Pale Ale). Don’t forget, put the coloring in the glass before the beer. Also, go with the food coloring that comes in the little squeeze bottles. Some prefer to use blue coloring (yellow beer + blue coloring = green) but beware — it often comes out turquoise. The more green drops you use, the more vibrant your color will be. Enjoy!
Editor’s Note: 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.