Ten Traditional Cocktails For St. Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day is not far off, so I figured I’d suggest a number of drinks to help you all celebrate in style. Out of respect, I have omitted the Irish Carbomb. A word to the wise, if you try to order said drink from an actual Irish bartender, you will inevitably crush and stomp a particularly raw nerve, so unless you want a Jameson’s bottle broken over your head, don’t do it. Order any of these instead. Just remember to enjoy them responsibly, and have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day.



The Emerald Isle: This minty gin cocktail, with its green hue is perfect for St. Patrick’s day. Simply mix equal parts gin and green crème de menthe with a little bitters, shake with ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.




Irish Ginger Ale: As simple as it is delicious, this highball consists of Irish whiskey and ginger ale with a splash of lime juice and a lime wedge for a garnish.

Irish Coffee: This classic after-dinner cocktail consists of sweetening hot coffee with brown sugar, throwing in a measure of Irish Whiskey and topping with whipped cream. You could even top the whipped cream with grated nutmeg, cinnamon or chocolate.

Irish Eyes: Mix equal parts Irish whiskey, green crème de menthe and cream in an ice-filled shaker, strain and garnish with a couple of mint leaves.

Irish Gold: Yes, green is a festive color for St. Patrick’s Day, but we must remember the gold at the end of the rainbow. Add a little peach schnapps and orange juice to half a highball glass of Irish whiskey (preferably Tullamore Dew), top the rest of the way with ginger ale and garnish with a lime wheel.

Irish Martini: This simple drink consists of four parts vodka, one part Irish whiskey and one part dry white vermouth mixed with ice, strained into a Martini glass and garnished with a twist of lemon.

Dancing Leprechaun: Named after the mischievous spirit from traditional Irish folklore, this highball consists of two parts Irish whiskey, one part Drambuie and one part lemon juice, topped off with ginger ale and garnished with a piece of lemon.

Irish Shamrock: In an ice-filled mixer, combine three parts Irish whiskey, three parts dry vermouth, one part green Chartreuse and one part green crème de menthe, stir and strain into a cocktail glass . Garnish with a cherry, an olive or a slice of lime.

Banshee: Mix crème de cacao, crème de banane and cream in an ice-filled shaker and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry and/or a slice of banana.

Tipperary: Fill a shaker with ice and add a mixture consisting of one part Irish whiskey, one part green Chartreuse and one part dry vermouth. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with one whole green grape.

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