Tuesday, March 5, 2019

RAYS St. Paddy's Day Drinks - Better Green Beer and the Texan Pot O' Gold

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This is a collaboration with RAYS. I was compensated for this post but all opinions are my own and I would never promote a product I didn't personally enjoy.

I grew up in Massachusetts and went to school in Boston and let me tell you, we were serious about our St. Patrick's Day. The event would last all weekend, capped off with a wild St. Paddy's Day parade. While the Boston one was pretty great, the one I grew up with was in Holyoke (both very big Irish populations). Upon turning 21, the fun deepened as I was able to enjoy all the fun libation that went along with the holiday--sometimes, admittedly, a bit too much.

Here in Texas, it's a bit different. Not only is St. Paddy's Day not as widely celebrated, but it stays mild all year round. So when St. Paddy's Day hits, we're not looking for something heavy. We like cooler, lighter flavors to compliment the warmer temps.




So when RAYS reached out to come up with some St. Patrick's Day cocktails, I was a bit stumped! Their delicious, all natural spirits are distilled from grapes and use real citrus to give a light, fresh flavor that's a bit tart. And they're native to Texas! Not what I was used to for the season.

Eventually, I decided to both update an old favorite, and make a Texas tribute to my ol' New England holiday. Let me know what you think!

Want to get some RAYS for yourself? You can now find them in HEB and Central Market!



Better Green Beer
Nobody REALLY likes green beer, but we drink it anyway. Kick it up with some RAYS and this is a St. Patrick's day staple you'll actually want to drink.

  • 1 can of your favorite light beer
  • 4 oz RAYS lime
  • 3 drops green food coloring

In a frosty beer mug, carefully add the food coloring and RAYS. Slowly pour in the beer--the motion of the liquid should disperse the color--and serve!
*Add some cayenne salt from the recipe below for an extra kick!


Texan Pot o' Gold
Lure in a Leprechaun with this Texas gold and maybe he'll share a bit of his treasure with you... and if not, you still have a tasty drink!

  • 2.5 oz RAYS lime
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz gold tequila
  • splash of orange juice
  • Cayenne pepper + salt, for rim

Rim a martini glass with the cayenne salt. In a shaker filled with ice, pour in the rest of the ingredients, shake well, then pour into the glass.
*I added a pinch of tumeric for color and it complimented the flavors nicely!



22 comments:

  1. I just love the combination of fruit and spice. Such a delicious drink and a great one for parties!

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  2. I love the idea of the cayenne in the drink! This will be perfect for next week :)

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  3. oh yummmm!!! I love spicy cocktails. This one looks amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Why wait for St Patty's day - I think these are good to celebrate Friday with?! :)

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  5. Yum! This definitely beats green beer for St. Paddy's day - looks delicious!

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  6. All of these sound great! I don't need a holiday for any of these! I grew up in chicago where the river was dyed green!

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  7. Not into beers but I like the colors though. Don't forget to drink moderately guys.

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  8. Oh, looks very tasty. I will definitely try these out.

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  9. Sounds like a great drink for this month and to celebrate St. Pattys day! that you for sharing your recipes!

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  10. This sounds like a great drink..I loved the shoe glass :)

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  11. I love a good drink and RAYS looks like it tastes so yummy! I am going to pick up a bottle thanks!

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  12. Mmmnn,looks so delish! I'll like to try the Texan Pot o' Gold. I am looking forward to St. pats day parade.

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  13. Not only does this drink look festive and delicious, but the cowboy boot mug is too cute! I don’t think I’ll wait til the 17th to try this. 😀

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  14. Such a festive drink for St. Patrick's Day. Very nice. Can't wait to try it for my girlfriends.

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  15. looks nice and perfect for St. PAddy's! I think I will end up having a drink or two for St. Patrick's day too

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  16. I love the idea of orange and tequila! Sounds like a good drink to try for St Patrick's day! YUM!

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  17. This looks nice and simple to put together but so delicious! Perfect for a St. Patrick's treat!

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  18. I must try this. It so refreshing and look so easy to make and I am sure my husband will give me a warmer hug because of this.

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  19. This drinks is a must try for everybody, it looks refreshing and tasty. I love the color and the glass is so stunning to drink at.

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  20. I don't drink, but that looks like such a festive refreshment! I especially love the glass you have!

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  21. These look so delicious! I am all about light flavors and drinks as well.

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  22. These look delicious!! I love making festive cocktails!!

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