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 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...MORE 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.

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Once you have your drinks chosen, you may want to add some traditional Irish foods to the party.

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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

    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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    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

    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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    Giants' Gate Cocktail
    A Guinness rinse is just the beginning of fascinating aspects found in the very Irish Giants' Gate Cocktail. Photo Courtesy: © Massimo La Rocca

    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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    Black Nail Cocktail Recipe with Bushmill's Irish Whiskey
    A simple substitution and your Rusty Nail becomes an Irish whiskey-laden Black Nail. Photo Courtesy: Shannon Graham

    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.

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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, some syrup and 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

    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.