Irish cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day


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Whether you love the holidays because of your Irish heritage or you are zero percent Irish and just love the chance to get alight festive, St. Patrick’s Day is a great day to toast with all your friends, while being dressed in head-to-toe green, of course.

Perhaps one of the funniest parts of the day is finding delicious Irish drinks that range from extremely boozy to fun and fruity. And not only that, but with stirring St. Patrick’s Day themed cocktails, it’s a chance to try out some bright green flavors that can get a bit overlooked for the rest of the year. Tangy apple flavors? Take them out! Are you looking for something that makes you think you are sitting by the sea in the dead of winter? Don’t worry, some of these cocktail recipes have enough limes and coconuts to make you feel right at the beach. Others are just classic Irish cocktails you just have to whip up on March 17th.

The St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are also a good time to make sure you get out your clear glasses. Maybe you grab the moment to use your fancy cocktail glasses, or just file a clear solo mug – these bright green cocktails will set the tone for your entire celebration anyway. You could be hanging home watching A cuckold’s vein (ditto) or have a rager, but one of those St. Patrick’s Day drinks will definitely come to your aid. Well done and stay lucky, bbs!

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The Rory McIlroy

The cocktail is named after Irish golfer ICYMI, so think of it like an Irish Arnold Palmer. Combine 2 ounces of Hardshore Original Gin with 1 ½ ounce of fresh lemon juice, 1 ounce of pear syrup, 1 ½ ounce of doubly strong Irish black tea and a sprig of mint for good luck.

Hardshore Gin Recipe


Mint iced coffee

Peet’s Coffee AND Bailey’s Irish Cream? Say no more. For this recipe, bring a cup of fresh mint leaves, ½ cup of sugar, ½ cup of water and ⅛ teaspoon of sea salt to a boil for five minutes. Go ahead and remove the mixture from the stove, strain it and let it cool. Next, combine 32 ounces of Peet’s House Blend Coffee with 8 ounces of Bailey’s Irish Cream. Add one to two tablespoons of mint syrup.

Just for the record: the recipe makes four coffees, so one for you and three friends, or all the coffee for you, without judgment.

Peet’s Coffee Recipe



There is no better way to sound the holidays than with a real Irish Whiskey, and Bushmills is here to answer that call. This version of a margarita is as simple to make as it is easy to drink (read: very). Combine the 2 ounces of whiskey, 1 ounce of pineapple juice, 1 ounce of lime juice and ½ ounce of agave syrup. Shake well and serve in a glass lined with chili salt.

Bushmills Irish Whiskey Recipe


Green river

Stay on the theme with this glass of Hornitos tequila-based delight. In a mixing glass, add two parts tequila with ⅔ parts green chartreuse liqueur and one part fresh lime juice. Shake, filter and garnish with a lime zest.

Hornitos Tequila recipe


El Chapulin

This decadent cocktail is both sweet and surprising. Combine 1 ounce of Ilegal Mezcal Joven, 1 ounce of Crème de Menthe, 1 ounce of cream and 1 ounce of Creme de Cacao liqueur, and stir until combined. To get bonus points, do not hesitate and sprinkle your drink with Mexican chocolate.

Illegal Mezcal Recipe


Boyne Fizz River

This cocktail therefore takes its name from the Irish river which is the source of water for the Slane whiskey distillery. It’s simple, it’s refreshing and it’s a typical Irish cocktail. To prepare it, mix 1 ounce of Slane Irish Whiskey, 1 ounce of lemon juice, a pinch of orange bitter and 1 tablespoon of honey. Complete the whole with tonic water and garnish it with a sprig of mint and a lemon wedge.

Slane Irish Whiskey Recipe


St. Patrick’s Day Shake

Go ahead and greatly improve your shamrock shake. Add 1 ½ ounces of Bailey’s Original Irish Cream and 3 ounces of milk in a blender with two scoops of your favorite mint chocolate chip ice cream. Blend until smooth.

Baileys Recipe


Gray Goose Cucumber Fizz

This absolute cocktail delight pairs elderflower liqueur with cucumber, which just might be the winning combination of the day. To do this, mix 1 ½ ounce of Gray Goose La Poire vodka, ½ ounce of St-Germain elderflower liqueur, 2 ounces of cucumber juice, ½ ounce of lemon juice and ½ ounce of simple syrup. Top up with sparkling water and raise a glass for yourself.

Gray Goose recipe


Soda Midori Lemon Lime

Try an alcoholic upgrade from your regular soda. Simply mix 1 part of Midori Melon Liqueur and 2 parts of any lemon-lime soda in a mixing glass. Decorate with a wedge of lemon.

Midori recipe


Cocktail by the Belvédère lake

There’s no getting around it: this cocktail is just plain pretty. To do this, take 1 ¼ ounce of Belvedere vodka, ½ ounce of fino sherry, ¾ ounce of fresh lemon juice, ¾ ounce of honey water and two pieces of cucumber. Put everything in a shaker with ice and filter it through your finest glass.

Belvédère recipe


The great Jones Julep

New York’s Great Jones Distillery offers a new take on the classic Mint Julep. To make your own, combine 2 ounces of Great Jones Straight Bourbon, ¾ ounces of fresh lemon juice, ¾ ounces of spicy honey syrup, 5 large mint leaves and 4 large blackberries. Mix the blackberries with the mint leaves and add the mixture to a shaker with the other ingredients. Filter and drink!

Great Jones Recipe


Eastern Standard

Start to get confused! Take three slices of cucumber and a few mint leaves to mash in a mixing glass. From there, add 2 ounces of Dogfish Head Analog Vodka, 1 ounce of fresh lime juice, and ounce of simple syrup.

Dogfish Head Recipe


Elderflower and mint martini

For all martini lovers, this is your drink! Combine 1 ½ ounce of The Botanist Gin, ½ ounce of dry vermouth, 1 teaspoon of elderflower liqueur and a sprig of mint. Mix it up a bit, then enjoy it.

Botanist’s Recipe


Vodka Gimlet

Fresh, light and easy to do? Sign us up. Combine 1 ½ ounce of Pinnacle Vodka, ½ ounce of lime juice, 1 ounce of simple syrup and all the lime wedges your heart desires.

Pinnacle Vodka Recipe


Basil Martini

Give your martini game a boost with this basil infused take on the old classic. Combine 1 ounce of Finlandia vodka, 1 dash of simple syrup, 2 dashes of lime juice and 5 basil leaves. Shake, filter and garnish with more basil or lime.

Finlandia Vodka Recipe


A Beautiful Life Spritz

It really doesn’t get better than anything flavored with elderflower, and this drink is no exception. Mix ½ ounce of St-Germain elderflower liqueur, ½ ounce of Absenteroux, ½ ounce of dry vermouth, a dash of absinthe and a little (or more if you want!) Of lime sorbet. Mix well then complete with champagne. Yes, there is a lot of alcohol in this drink.

St-Germain recipe


Irish lemonade

Lemonade, but make it Irish, of course. Add 1 ounce of Jameson Original, 2 ounces of lemonade, a little club soda and a pinch of bitter. Add a few lemons and fresh mint to garnish.

Jameson Irish Whiskey Recipe


Matcha play set

There has never been a better day to kiss matcha. To make this bright cocktail, mix a teaspoon of matcha tea powder with the milk of your choice, add 2 ounces of Don Julio Blanco and add honey to taste, as well as sprigs of mint. Shake well and pour over ice.

Recipe by Don Julio


Atomic Irish

Think of this as the Irish equivalent of a frozen piña colada. If you want to feel like it’s bikini time, combine 1 tbsp Torani Crème de Menthe syrup, ½ tbsp Irish Cream liqueur, ½ tbsp Irish whiskey and 2 shots of espresso . Mix everything in a blender until smooth.

Torani recipe


Chartreuse Tonique

This carbonated green drink is the perfect option if you’re hoping to take a break from heavier drinks. Just combine 1 ounce of green chartreuse, 4 ounces of tonic and as much ice as you want.

Chartreuse recipe


Newly created

If you like Guinness, this cocktail is for you. It’s also super easy to assemble: just combine 1 ounce of creme de mint with a Guinness Extra Stout or a Guinness Draft. Pour it over ice and add a mint leaf, if you feel like it.

Guinness recipe


Green machine gin and juice

Take 3 ounces of your favorite green juice and combine it with 1
ounces of Tanqueray London Dry Gin, for a drink that adds a little nutrition to your day. Stir gently and add you guessed it – a sprig of mint for garnish.

Tanqueray recipe


Coconut Mojito

With flavors of coconut and lemon, this drink will make you think you are sitting on the beach. Combine 1 ½ ounce of Smirnoff coconut, ounce of fresh lemon juice and 7 mint leaves in a cocktail shaker until they are all really well combined. Then pour into a glass and add club soda and a wedge of lemon if you feel like it.

Smirnoff recipe


Sour apple martini

This simple martini will keep you on the holiday theme while you sip something reminiscent of your favorite tangy candy. Add 1 ounce of DeKuyper Pucker Sour Apple Schnapps, 1 ounce of vodka and ½ ounce of sour mix.

Recipe by DeKuyper


Gin flower

For some new mixers that you may not be familiar with, try this bright green cocktail that contains brandy and grenadine. It’s really simple to do: combine 1 ounce of DeKuyper Kirschwasser Brandy, 1 ounce of gin, 3 ounces of sour mix and a hint of grenadine. Shake and enjoy!

Recipe by DeKuyper

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