With St. Patrick's Day parties right around the corner, there's no better time than now to break out all your favorite Irish (and Irish-in-spirit) recipes. Sure, you could take it easy and just dye some beer green , but why not go the extra mile with recipes like green velvet cake, Irish onion soup, or a Guinness float? Keep reading for those ideas and more.
— Additional reporting by Michele Bird
Black and Tan
Though it requires a steady hand, it's absolutely eye-catching to layer Guinness and Bass in a black and tan .
Boxty With Salmon
One part pancake and one part hash brown, boxty, topped with smoked salmon, crème fraiche, and dill fronds , is an ideal brunch dish.
Green Velvet Cake
Show off your St. Paddy's Day spirit with this green velvet cake . The white chocolate cream cheese frosting makes it an instant crowd-pleaser.
The best Irish nightcap is a bit of Baileys. Your own Irish cream  makes the end of an evening even better.
Lucky Charms Treats
Dessert-wise, it doesn't get much easier than to make these Lucky Charms marshmallow treats .
Sausage Biscuit Skillet With Guinness
Is this easy skillet dinner  the most authentic St. Patrick's Day recipe? No, but it sure is delicious (and packs in plenty of Guinness).
Rainbow Fruit Tart
The only thing this rainbow fruit tart  is missing is a pot of gold. Thankfully, chocolate gelt can be procured online  even out of the Hanukkah season.
Guinness and Onion Soup
Reinvent the classic French onion soup with Irish onion soup , which showcases two Irish flavors: Guinness and cheddar.
Top dark beer with a scoop of ice cream for a boozy float  unlike any other.
Not only are these shamrock macarons  adorable (that's a given), but they're also filled with Baileys chocolate ganache.
Colcannon  is an authentic Irish dish made of kale, potatoes, Irish bacon, and butter, of course! It's no wonder why there are songs written about it.
McDonald's Shamrock Shake
McDonald's Shamrock Shake , a bright-green, vanilla-mint milkshake, is always a St. Patrick's season favorite. Now you can re-create it at home. For a boozy kick, try this adult take on it .
Learn how to make an Irish coffee , a mix of coffee, whiskey, sugar, and cream, from its birthplace: San Francisco's Buena Vista Cafe.
Chocolate Stout Cupcakes
Fans of whiskey-and-beer bombs will appreciate the cupcake rendition  of the famed drink.
Irish Soda Bread
Irish soda bread  is a quick bread like no other, especially when slathered with a generous slab of butter.
Minty, marshmallowy grasshopper pie  with an Oreos crust is a retro sweet worth assembling for the holiday.
Guinness Beef Pot Pies
These hearty Guinness beef pot pies  will fill guests up so they can keep about their senses when hitting the town for the holiday.
Like a cross between a classic affogato and an Irish coffee, this whiskey, coffee, and gelato dessert  is ridiculously tempting.
Guinness and Cheddar Welsh Rarebit
Keep things supersimple with this cheese toasty .
Chocolate Leprechaun Hats
It's hard to decide what aspect of these chocolate leprechaun hats  is the most exciting: their adorable look or that the base of the hat is made from a Thin Mint.