Shamrock Shake It Up: Raise a Glass to St. Patrick

Festive fusion: Why not celebrate St. Pat with a Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita at Coa Cantina? Photo: Coa Cantina.

Writer: Karla Walsh

A glass of Guinness might be your usual drink for St. Patrick’s Day, coming up on Friday, but why not try your luck and mix it up this year? Instead of a green stout or ale, try a cool green drink from one of these hot spots in Central Iowa:

Lifestyle Juices: Kick off your day with a dose of fruits and veggies in a Start Me Up Smoothie with kale, apple, kiwi and pear at this Drake neighborhood juice bar. And if you really want to go green, chase it with a fresh shot of wheatgrass.

Savor the Rise: Channel your inner Elphaba by visiting this Indianola bakery for an Emerald Queen Smoothie. Tropical, a hint creamy and just sweet enough, this blend features pineapple, mango, coconut cream, ginger, spinach and enough fresh-squeezed orange juice to help you defy gravity.

Ocha Bubble Tea & Dessert Cafe: For an afternoon pick-me-up, try a Matcha Milk Tea with Honey Boba from this colorful bubble tea shop with outposts in Windsor Heights and Ankeny.

Pots & Shots: Surround yourself with greenery at this Waukee plant shop and cocktail lounge, and order a Mama Monastera. It’s a glass of Revelton Distillery honey vodka and Triple Sec, shaken with coconut milk, honey, lime, matcha and egg white.

Coa Cantina: The Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita at this East Village cantina proves that a little spice is nice. Jalapeno-infused blanco tequila, cucumber puree and fresh lime juice mix it up in a glass lined with a Tajin rim.

Panka Peruvian RestaurantYou can’t go wrong with a refreshing Piscojito at this Ingersoll restaurant. In this mojito-meets-pisco-sour cocktail, pisco teams up with lime juice, simple syrup and fresh mint. Feliz Dia de San Patricio!

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