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


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

... You don’t need the luck o’ the Irish to make green beer.

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.

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Green Beer

Step 1

Tilt your glass and slowly pour your drink to avoid building up a foamy head.

Step 2

Drop in six drops of blue food coloring while slowly stirring to achieve a dull, olive green coloring.

Step 3

Pour another glass.

Step 4

Drop in six drops of green food coloring while slowly stirring for a bright, sparkly emerald green coloring.

Blue Hawaiian

Step 1

Mix a shot of coconut rum in a glass with ice, pineapple juice and a splash of soda.

Step 2

Add 3 drops of blue food coloring. This gives your blue Hawaiian color without the taste of blue curacao.

Step 3

Add more food coloring for a bolder blue tint.

Colored Party Punch

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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.


Don't try adding green coloring to darker beers like stouts — it takes too much food coloring and will dye your mouth.

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