If there’s any holiday where drinking can be considered the main event, St. Patrick’s Day is it. But just because you’re looking to celebrate with a drink doesn’t mean you have to fall back on green beer. Ditch the neon green Jello shots and boring Guinness for something with a little more sophistication, like one of these 11 cocktails.
If you absolutely must serve something green in observance of the holiday, this cocktail is a good choice. Not only is it a vibrant shade, it’s also delicious. Shake tequila, Midori, lime juice, agave, jalapeño and cilantro to make an unexpectedly herbaceous and spicy tipple.
This twist gives the classic Bijou a little bit of an Irish feel. Stir whiskey, sweet vermouth, green Chartreuse and bitters with ice, and finish with the expressed oils of an orange peel for a burst of citrus.
Want to serve a dessert that will get you a little bit buzzed? This rich drink is for you. Simply shake together vodka, coffee liqueur and Baileys Irish cream with heavy cream, and top with a sprinkle of chocolate shavings.
There’s nothing like a classic Irish Coffee to warm you up from the inside. Regular coffee gets a kick from a splash of Irish whiskey, and a bit of brown sugar adds subtle sweetness. Garnish with unsweetened whipped cream for a touch of indulgence.
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Your guests will flip out over this rich and creamy cocktail. Whiskey, sweet vermouth, allspice liqueur, simple syrup and egg white are shaken until light and frothy and served with a sprinkling of grated nutmeg.
Irish whiskey and mezcal make an unexpected pairing in this cocktail, with a touch of Bénédictine adding depth. Garnish with an apple slice for a glint of green.
Sweeten things up with this Irish whiskey cocktail. The spirit takes on a lighter personality when combined with fino sherry, sugar syrup, orange bitters, raspberries and an orange slice. Garnish with three mint sprigs and a raspberry for an extra-fresh presentation.
Class up your Guinness with a bit of bubbly. Fill a highball glass halfway with the beer, then pour champagne or sparkling wine over a spoon to top it until the glass is full.
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Redheads usually get all the glory on St. Paddy’s, but this blonde is a true showstopper. Blended Irish whiskey gets a little lift from orange curaçao, fino sherry and a dash of orange bitters. Bring it all together by topping it with a flamed orange peel.
This variation on a Guinness Punch is perfectly indulgent. Guinness, rum, vanilla ice cream, cinnamon and allspice are blended into a rich and creamy milkshake that’ll give you a booze buzz as well as a sugar rush.
Anyone can be lucky on St. Patrick’s Day with this spirit-forward sipper. Plus, the recipe couldn’t be any easier: Simply stir together Irish whiskey, sweet vermouth and green Chartreuse with ice, and enjoy.