Irish beers and full-sized green-colored cocktails might be the first drinks that come to mind when you think of St. Patrick’s Day, but apparently, tastes are changing. According to data crunched by hospitality engagement platform Union, green tea shots were the top cocktail ordered at last year’s festivities. Is the sipper poised to sweep the holiday again this year?
It’s still too early to say, but a glance at Google Trends suggests that the emerald-hued concoction might have appeal beyond St. Patrick’s Day. Searches for “green tea cocktail” are at an all-time high, and TikTok videos tagged with that term have pulled in roughly 6 million views. (In contrast, videos tagged #grinchcocktail—referring to the viral Grinch cocktail recipe—only have 2.7 million views.) To say that it’s popular is a vast understatement.
Not familiar with this increasingly in-demand drink? Here’s what you need to know.