19 St. Patrick's Day Cocktails

Luck O' The Irish Drinks

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day is a great tradition and an excellent excuse to party. Even those without a drop of Irish blood can be Irish for a day. Green drinks, particularly green beer, are popular options. 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. Enjoy these cocktails that are ideal for St. Patrick's Day and spreading Irish cheer. Erin Go Braugh!

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    Voli Vodka's Pot of Gold Cocktail
    A low calorie vodka cocktail, this Pot of Gold will have you dreaming of spring. Matthias Hoffman/StockFood Creative/Getty Images

    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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    Michael Grissinger's Old Thyme Sour Cocktail Recipe
    Flamed thyme and Chartreuse are just the beginning of this fantastic Irish whiskey cocktail called the Old Thyme Sour. Photo Courtesy: © Michael Grissinger

    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 very impressive.

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    Shamrock Shaker
    You can always dress this one up for St. Patrick's Day, but the Shamrock Shaker is great year round. Cindy Kurman/flickr/CC By 2.0

    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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    Bushmills Irish Whiskey's Black and Red Cocktail
    Switch the whiskey to the Irish variety and you've transformed your Manhattan into a Black and Red. Bill Boch/Photographer's Choice RF/Getty Images

    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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    The Irishman Blackberry Malt Cocktail
    Fresh blackberries pair up with a fine Irish whiskey in this fun and simple Blackberry Malt. Jeremy Hudson / Photodisc / Getty Images

    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, syrup, lime juice, and your favorite sparkling water.

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    The Irish Encounter Frozen Cocktail
    The Irish Encounter is like a banana-flavored Pina Colada with a little Baileys added and it's delicious. Image Source / Getty Images

    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?

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    Leprechaun Cocktail
    Think of the Leprechaun as the Irish whiskey answer to the Gin and Tonic. It's fabulous and a perfect drink for St. Patrick's Day and beyond. Photo Courtesy: Shannon Graham

    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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    Jacob Grier's Massey Cocktail
    A sophisticated modern drink, the Massey Cocktail mixes both Irish Whiskey and gin with an array of liqueurs and it is perfect for dinner parties. Photo Courtesy: © Shannon Graham

    This perfect option for St. Patrick's Day 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.

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    Irish Coffee Cocktail
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    When it comes to truly timeless cocktails, few will beat the Irish Coffee and it goes a little beyond just spiking your coffee with whiskey. To make this drink as it was meant to be, you will need brown sugar and lightly whipped cream. It is still a very easy drink to make and a perfect way to kick off St. Patrick's Day. Variations include caramel Irish coffee and Irish winter.

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    Tulamore Dew's Irish Gold Cocktail
    Irish Gold. Photo Courtesy: © Shannon Graham

    The Irish Gold is one of the best ways to enjoy the lighter side of Irish whiskey and it is incredibly easy to mix up. Start off with a pour of Tullamore Dew and add peach schnapps and orange juice, then top it off with your favorite ginger ale. This is a great way to celebrate spring and St. Patrick's Day in one simple drink.

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    So, you want a Vodka Martini but it's St. Patrick's Day and you feel obligated to add an Irish twist? Never fear, the Irish Martini is here! This recipe is a simple little way to marry the martini and whiskey and it simply requires a quick swirl of Irish whiskey before pouring your favorite martini into the glass.

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    Jameson's Irish Tea Party Cocktail
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    The Irish Tea Party will do its best to liven up your St. Patrick's Day party and it is a fun one to consider. The mix will require some freshly brewed and sweetened green tea, chilled of course, and add a little Jameson and Pernod Absinthe.

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    Drambuie's Zesty Irishman Cocktail
    Think of the Zesty Irishman as a Whiskey Sour laced with Drambuie. It is a fantastic sipping drink. Stephan Geyer/Moment/Getty Images

    Neither Irish whiskey nor Drambuie are typically associated with a sour drink, though in this Zesty Irishman the two do it together and the result is quite surprising. To create this lowball, the two dark spirits are paired with triple sec and fresh lemon then topped with just a splash of ginger ale. It is the perfect St. Patrick's Day sipper when you want something slow and smooth.

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    Grey Goose Sparkling Shamrock Cocktail
    Fresh cucumber paired with pear vodka in a Sparkling Shamrock. Rob Palmer / Photolibrary / Getty Images

    Filled with green ingredients, the Sparkling Shamrock is one of the tastiest drinks on the list and one that almost everyone will love. It all begins with pear vodka and elderflower liqueur to which cucumber, mint, lemonade, and soda are added.

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    Emerald Isle Cocktail
    Emerald Isle. Tarick Foteh / Photodisc / Getty Images

    This greentini will not be to everyone's liking as it takes a special palate to appreciate its unique flavor. This is a mix of gin and green creme de menthe that is accented with a dash of bitters, so it is an easy one to try at least once to see if you like it.

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    The Minty Irish Eyes Cocktail
    A minty twist on an Irish whiskey cocktail is found in this cooling Irish Eyes recipe.

    Slow down and sip on minty cream. It's simple, satisfying, green, and it has Irish whiskey. This is creamy lowball is wonderful in its simplicity and the minty flavor mixes so well against any Irish whiskey you choose, that it is difficult to go wrong here.

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    Hornitos Shamrocker Cocktail
    The Shamrocker is a great green drink, sort of like a melon-flavored margarita. Janice Lin / Moment / Getty Images

    It is time to bring a little tequila into the St. Patrick's Day scene and this Shamrocker is a fun cocktail to do just that. The recipe is simple, just add melon and orange liqueurs and a splash of orange juice to a good blanco tequila and you have a fun, green drink to get the party started.

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    Green Cocktail
    Photo Courtesy: © Shannon Graham

    Put a little twist on the popular Sour Appletini and you have what may be a better cocktail. The Green Dublin Apple Cocktail opts for Irish whiskey over vodka and specifies white cranberry juice to allow the green apple schnapps to give the drink its green color. You may agree that the whiskey base is what all of those apple martinis have been missing all along.

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    Irish Pride Cocktail
    This Irish Pride cocktail is a simple mix of three ingredients. Sanne Berg/E+/Getty Images

    This tantalizing mint sour celebrates Irish Pride to the fullest extent. In this simple cocktail recipe, you will mix the green mint liqueur with amaretto and a little lemon juice for a truly unique drink this St. Patrick's Day.