Celebrating St. Patrick's Day is a great tradition and an excellent excuse to party in the middle of March. Even those without a drop of Irish blood can be Irish for a day and among the best ways to celebrate is a great drink.
Green drinks, particularly green beer, are popular options and there are plenty of recipes to choose from in that category. You may want to stick with Irish spirits, in which case Irish whiskey, Irish cream, and Irish Mist are good options. Of course, you can always... grab a pint of Guinness.
Below are a number fun cocktails that are ideal for St. Patrick's Day and spreading the Irish cheer to everyone you meet.
Erin Go Braugh!
More St. Patrick's Day Drinks:
- 7 Luck of the Irish (Whiskey) Cocktails
- 10 Brilliant Green Cocktails for St. Patrick's Day
- Irish Shots for St. Patrick's Day Parties
- How to Create Green Cocktails
Once you have your drinks chosen, you may want to add some traditional Irish foods to the party.
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You will need vodka, elderflower liqueur, cucumber, mint, ginger beer.
Sweet with a spicy side, that is the Pot of Gold and it is a darling of a drink. It is a low-calorie vodka recipe with mint, elderflower, cucumber, and ginger beer combining to create the most interesting of flavors.
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You will need: Irish whiskey, St. Germain, Green Chartreuse, cinnamon-thyme syrup, lemon, bitters, egg, thyme
It's time for a little fire and this flavor-packed Irish whiskey cocktail will certainly spark up your party. This drink brings elderflower, thyme, cinnamon and Chartreuse into a classically styled sour drink, but it's brand new and the winning recipe from our Irish whiskey contest.
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This unique cocktail created by Max La Rocca mixes an older Irish whiskey from Bushmills with egg, lime, and cardamom pods. The glass is rinsed with Guinness Stout and the cocktail is garnished with Irish whiskey-soaked raisins. It does not get much more Irish than that.
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Simple and satisfying, that is the only way to describe the Black Nail. The mix is one, quite simply, of Bushmills and Irish Mist, served on the rocks and it is a nice, slow sipper.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Smooth and creamy, the Shamrock Shaker is an absolute delight and is a perfect libation for any St. Patrick's Day celebration. The Kahlua and amaretto combine for a delicious after dinner drink and the green and gold garnish are perfect finishing touches.
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A simple substitution and you have gone from a Manhattan to a Black and Red and it is just as fine a drink. Here we use Black Bush Irish Whiskey paired with sweet vermouth and a dash or two of your favorite bitters.
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Featuring a single malt Irish whiskey from The Irishman, this Blackberry Malt is certainly not your average Irish cocktail. The mix is easy, though and requires a few fresh blackberries, some syrup and lime juice, and your favorite sparkling water.
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Step away from everything you think about St. Patrick's Day cocktails and consider having an Irish Encounter. The 'encounter' here refers to the Bailey's, but beyond that we're looking at a frozen Pina Colada and, why not?Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Love tonic and want to give the gin a break for St. Patrick's Day? It's your lucky day because a Leprechaun will do just fine. Choose your favorite Irish whiskey and tonic water and mix them up.
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One last drink that is another perfect option for St. Patrick's Day and this is one for those who love layers of classic flavors. The Massey is a true delight, mixing Irish whiskey with gin and sweet vermouth, then throwing in some Campari and Chartreuse just to make it really interesting.