Beverage

5 Reasons to Feel Good About Drinking Guinness Today — St. Patrick’s Day

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Today is St. Patrick's Day, which means it is also a day when many pints of Guinness will be consumed. And when we say many, we mean roughly 13 million pints over the course of 24 hours. Clearly no excuse is needed to drink a pint of Guinness today of all days, but there are, in fact, many reasons to feel good about raising a glass of the dark-and-creamy stout in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland. Here are five.

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Recipe: Leprechaun Lemonade — Recipes from The Kitchn

Leprechaun lemonade is a sweet mixture of lemonade flavored with blue raspberry drink mix. It's also how this electric green drink gets its color. This super-quick treat is a fun way to celebrate St. Paddy's day with kids (or adults who want to hold off on the alcohol). Dress up the glass with colorful straws and a few green ice cubes and you'll be feeling lucky without a green beer hangover.

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Recipe: Irish Cream — Recipes from The Kitchn

With hints of coffee and chocolate, a good Irish creamer is luxuriously rich and just as much dessert as it is a drink. And as my mom was happy to attest to in a side-by-side match-up, it's just like the Baileys tucked away in the back of the liquor cabinet. So, once you've had your fill of Shamrock Shakes, it's time to set your sights on the festive liqueur you'll want to keep around long after St. Patrick's Day has passed.

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Recipe: Vegan Chocolate-Date Smoothie — Recipes from The Kitchn

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You're an adult, so of course you can have chocolate for breakfast when you feel like it. But this is different because this is how to have chocolate for breakfast without it being a piece of cake. Every sip of this creamy smoothie — made with dates, bananas, and almond butter — tastes rich and satisfying, and you can count on its wholesome and nourishing ingredients to fill you up.

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Recipe: Taylor Bird Sazerac — Recipes from the Road

The Sazerac is a beautiful drink in its simplicity. It is unique and exact. It requires technique and style. And each ingredient tells the history of New Orleans — the French absinthe, the American rye, the Louisiana sugar, the Caribbean bitters. (Even the Italian influence can be seen in the lemon peel.) It's no wonder the Sazerac is the city's official cocktail.

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Recipe: Big-Batch Mexican-Spiced Hot Chocolate — Party Drinks

We all know that mugs of velvety hot chocolate are an essential for any snow day. From now on, though, it's time to treat yourself to the Mexican-spiced upgrade. With just enough warm spices to make your taste buds tingle, this rich drink comes off tasting even more intensely chocolatey and luxurious. Best of all, it's made in a big batch, so it's perfect for sipping all day long with your snow-day partners in crime.

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