How to Make Green Drinks for St. Patrick’s Day

On March 17 every year we get a taste of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, which would not be the same without all things green. We wear green clothing, decorate with green, eat green foods and make green drinks. While the most common green drink of all is green beer, there are a number of drink recipes that you can make green in celebration of St. Patty’s.

Things You’ll Need :
– Lager beer
– Green food coloring
– Gin
– Green creme de menthe
– White creme de menthe
– Angostura bitters
– Green maraschino cherries
– Green chartreuse
– Bailey’s Irish creme
– Brandy

Make the most classic green drink of all, green beer. Simply pour a pint of your favorite lager beer and add one drop of green food coloring at a time until you reach your desired shade of green. The only downfall with using green food coloring to make green drinks, is that your mouth often ends up the same shade of shamrock. On the up side, drink a green beer, and no one can give you a St. Patrick’s day pinch for not wearing green.

Mix yourself up an Emerald Forest, a green drink that contains no food coloring. Combine 1 and 1/2 oz. of gin, 1/4 oz. of green creme de menthe and 1/4 oz. of white creme de menthe in an ice filled shaker. Shake well and serve this festive St. Patrick’s Day drink in a martini glass.

Enjoy another green drink favorite, the Emerald Isle Cocktail. In an ice filled shaker, combine 2 1/2 oz. gin, 1/2 oz. green creme de menthe and three dashes of angostura bitters. Shake well and pour the drink into a chilled cocktail glass. For an extra touch, garnish the drink with a green maraschino cherry and enjoy.

Be Irish with a St. Patrick’s Day cocktail festively named Everybody’s Irish. Fill a shaker with ice and add 1 1/2 oz. Irish whisky, 1/2 oz. green chartreuse and 1/2 oz. green creme de menthe. Shake well and pour your drink into a cocktail glass that has been chilled, and add a cherry.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish Flag. Pour 1 oz. of green creme de menthe into a cordial glass. Set a teaspoon on the back of the glass and pour 1 oz. of Bailey’s Irish creme into the glass so that it floats on top of the green creme de menthe, followed by a layer of brandy. Pour carefully so that your drink will be layered in the colors of the Irish flag.

How to Add Food Coloring to a Drink to Change the Appearance & Make It Taste Different

Whether you are dyeing a green beer for St. Patrick’s Day, mixing up a blue Hawaiian or simply coloring your party’s punch, adding food coloring to a drink gives it a customized color of your own choosing. While food coloring won’t change the taste of your drink, it makes it look festive in whatever color of the rainbow you want.

Things You’ll Need :
– Bottled beer (light-colored beers work best)
– Glasses
– Food coloring (various colors)
– Stirring spoon
– Coconut rum
– Ice
– Pineapple juice
– Soda water
– Punch

Green Beer
Tilt your glass and slowly pour your drink to avoid building up a foamy head.
Drop in six drops of blue food coloring while slowly stirring to achieve a dull, olive green coloring.
Pour another glass.
Drop in six drops of green food coloring while slowly stirring for a bright, sparkly emerald green coloring.

Blue Hawaiian
Mix a shot of coconut rum in a glass with ice, pineapple juice and a splash of soda.
Add 3 drops of blue food coloring. This gives your blue Hawaiian color without the taste of blue curacao.
Add more food coloring for a bolder blue tint.

Colored Party Punch
Mix a batch of colored party punch by adding food coloring quickly to a prepared bowl of the drink — instead of squirting one drop at a time, squirt a steady stream of the coloring while stirring the mixture.

Stir the mixture throughout the party to prevent the contents from settling.

Place different containers of food coloring near the empty glasses and do not add dye to communal punch bowl — this way, guests can add coloring to their own drinks for personalized concoctions.

How to Make Fake Food Displays

Fake food displays have a number of practical purposes, from restaurant and supermarket cases, to retail store setups, to theater props. While the number of techniques and materials used to create these displays are a limited only by the imaginations of the artists creating them, here are a few quick and easy methods that use readily available materials and uncomplicated techniques.

Spray shellac on some real foods. While not technically “fake,” this method will make real food inedible, permanent and suitable for display. Shellac is a rubbery varnish that can be purchased at any hardware store. This technique tends to make foods like wet or oily, so it works best for things that already have a sheen to them.

Cut green leafy vegetable shapes out of green fabric. Darker vegetables work best for this, especially when made from fine-textured fabric like silk. Spray with some heavy-duty, flexible hairspray to give the fake leaves some body.

Use upholstery foam to create bread products and cake. After cutting the shape you want, get the color right by coating the foam in diluted acrylic paint.

Create fake icing using joint compound. Both the powdered and pre-mixed forms, which are available at hardware stores, look similar to shortening icing and can be colored with food coloring in the same manner. The “frosting” will dry hard.

Mix solid, fake drinks in real cups. In order to do this, buy a fake “water” resin kit (used for permanent fake and dried flower arrangements) wherever floral craft supplies are sold. These kits consist of resin (plastic) mix with a catalyst to be added to make the plastic harden. You can make any kind of fake drink by adding drink mix powder before the resin hardens, or use cornstarch to make fake milk. You can also add food coloring and pour the resin into a dessert cup for a fake gelatin dessert.

Build fake ground hamburger from papier-mache paste. Shred old paper (tissue and paper towels are best) into tiny pieces, then mix well with some white glue, water and reddish-brown acrylic paint. Form patty-shaped lumps and allow them to dry.

How to Serve Food in a Restaurant

While serving food in a restaurant may not seem difficult, it can be frustrating to meet the demands of hungry customers without complaining. Waitstaff are expected to serve guests while keeping politeness, organization and efficiency standards. Since increased guest happiness often leads to increased tips and return customers, it’s important for servers to learn the fundamentals of restaurant food service. Develop your service skills to prevent being the server that guests never ask for, and even switch tables to avoid.

Greet guests immediately with a smile and positive attitude, even if you’re too busy to serve them that moment. This acknowledgment demonstrates your enthusiasm and willingness to serve. A quick introduction and menu handout can suffice during busy hours.

Give guests enough time–no fewer than five minutes–to look over the menu before taking their orders. Make recommendations of house specialties and promotional items.

Double-check each order for accuracy. Memorize the menu, including the standard offerings for each main course, to speed up ordering. Repeat each order back to the guest, paying special attention to substitutions and other requests. Learn and use the charting system at your restaurant to cut down on delivering orders to the wrong people.

Engage guests with light and polite conversation throughout the meal. Although guests appreciate conversation, don’t overload them or relate personal stories. This includes details of your horrible day and your love life. Remember that other guests may be listening.

Scan your seating area regularly to check whether guests need anything. Keep an eye on drink levels to ensure refills are offered before glasses are emptied. Clear away plates and utensils from previous courses to ensure guests have enough table room. Offer special accessories such as high chairs, plastic cups and crayons to guests with children.

Present the food and drink in an appetizing manner. Place each item in front of the correct guest, taking care to avoid spills. Alert guests to use caution around hot foods and serving dishes. Ask a coworker for assistance when serving large amounts of food. Do not talk or cough over food and drinks. Most guests will need a condiment or other item right away. Immediately after delivering the food, ask if guests need anything else. Come back in a minute to make sure guests have everything they need. Check on them periodically, but allow them to have a relaxing meal without interruption.

How Does Temperature Change the Taste of Food and Drink?

Many of the foods you love can taste dramatically different when consumed at a temperature you’re not accustomed to. Some foods can become more bitter or sweet if served above the recommended temperature.

Your taste buds contain microscopic channels that affect the way you perceive food at various temperatures. These channels are called TRPM5, and they react more intensely when food temperature is increased. When this occurs, it sends a message to your brain, and the inherent flavor of the food is heightened, according to Lorraine Heller for Food Navigator. Sweet foods can become too sweet, and bitter foods can become too bitter.

Food manufacturers can adjust a product’s taste to reduce the negative tastes associated with foods when they reach a higher temperature. Foods can also receive an additive to alter the function of the TRPM5 channel, either enhancing or inhibiting it. This could be helpful, particularly with children who are sensitive to certain tastes like those of bitter foods.

When beer is consumed cold, it has a pleasant taste to those who enjoy it. However, most people who enjoy consuming beer find as the beverage gets warmer it becomes less appealing. This is because as its temperature increases it develops a more bitter taste. This is similar to ice cream–as it gets warmer, it becomes more sweet tasting, almost to an inedible extent for some.