St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Recipes

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Every year on March 17, a celebration of Irish culture goes global, where parades and festivals take place in many cities and communities around the world. St. Patrick’s Day found its place in worldwide culture due to Irish immigrants celebrating in the many communities they inhabited.

For the most of the world, St. Patrick’s Day means feasting on Irish cuisine such as corned beef and soda bread, as well as imbibing in many celebratory beverages including Guinness beer, Irish whiskey and an array of St. Patrick’s Day cocktails.

How To Make Green Beer & Cocktails

The most widely associated drinks with St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are green beer and whiskey. Creating green beer is actually as simple as adding green food dye, however, green cocktails require something a little more palatable. To create green drinks, try using green liquors such as Midori, sour apple Schnapps and Crème de Menthe.

For classic St. Patrick Day celebrations, Guinness, other hearty stouts and Irish whiskey should be the foundation of any bar menu. In addition, serving any cocktails or beer properly, especially when enjoying some Irish cheer, requires the correct glassware. The proper glass can change everyone’s attitude and spirits at any festive occasion. Make sure you have stemware for martinis, red and white wine glasses and champagne flutes or stemware. Also, highball and lowball glasses as well as shot glasses are also important for serving drinks properly.

Specialty Drinks For St. Patrick’s Day

If celebrating at home, the following cocktail recipes are great drinks for St. Patrick’s Day. Remember to drink in moderation, and eating hearty Irish fare along with drinking will make St. Patrick’s Day a memorable one.

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Emerald Isle Cocktail Recipe


  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 teaspoon green crème de menthe
  • 2 dashes bitters


Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Irish Eyes Cocktail Recipe


  • 1 ounce Irish whiskey
  • ¼ ounce Crème de Menthe, green
  • 2 ounces of cream
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish


Pour the ingredients into a shaker along with ice and shake well. Strain into an old-fashioned glass to serve and garnish with the Maraschino cherry.

Irish Jack Rose Cocktail Recipe


  • 1 ounce Michael Collins Blended Irish Whiskey
  • .5 ounce Calvados
  • .5 ounce Fresh limejuice
  • .5 ounce Grenadine
  • Lime wedge garnish


Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Irish Coffee Recipe


  • 1.5 ounces Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1 ounce brown sugar syrup (one part brown sugar and one part water)
  • Hot brewed coffee
  • Unsweetened cream, lightly whipped garnish


Add the whiskey and syrup to an Irish coffee glass and fill two-thirds of the way with coffee. Top with one inch of whipped cream.

Gaelic Flip Cocktail Recipe


  • 1.25 ounces Bushmills Irish whiskey
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 teaspoon allspice liqueur
  • .33 ounce of simple syrup (one part sugar and one part water)
  • 1 egg
  • Nutmeg garnish topping


Add all the ingredients to a shaker and dry shake without ice to emulsify. Fill with ice and shake again. Strain into an Irish coffee glass and garnish with grated nutmeg.

Green Apple Martini Recipe


  • Cinnamon and sugar for rimming glass
  • 5 tablespoons vodka
  • 5 tablespoons sour-apple schnapps
  • 5 tablespoons lemonade
  • 5 tablespoons lemon-lime soda such as 7-Up or Sprite


In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine vodka, schnapps, lemonade and lemon-lime soda. Cover and shake vigorously. Dip the top rim of the martini glasses in a shallow dish with 1/4-inch water then in a shallow dish with 1/4-inch of equal parts sugar and cinnamon mixture. Strain shaken mixture into prepared glasses and serve.

Green Tea Mint Julep Recipe


  • 1 1/2 ounces of Charbay Green Tea vodka
  • 1 ounce of simple syrup
  • Sprite
  • 3 lemon wedges
  • 8 mint leaves


Muddle 3 lemon wedges with mint leaves. Pour green tea vodka and simple syrup into a shaker and mix. Strain into highball glass over ice. Top with Sprite. Garnish with mint leaves.

Though beer and whiskey may be the go to drinks for St. Patrick’s Day, try one of these easy to make and fun to drink St. Patrick’s Day cocktail recipes for a fun twist on traditional party drinks.

Last Updated: February 29, 2012
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About Sabina Dana Plasse Sabina Dana Plasse holds a bachelor's degree in history from Bucknell University, a master's in liberal arts from Johns Hopkins University and a master's in film and video from American University. She is an award-winning writer and editor living in Sun Valley, Idaho. Besides writing on fine arts, lifestyle, home and garden, entertainment, philanthropy and business, she enjoys teaching film and writing screenplays. Sabina has served as the arts and events editor and living writer for the Idaho Mountain Express newspaper, a twice weekly national award-winning newspaper serving Idaho's Wood River Valley. Sabina adores mountain town living where she is an active snowboarding, skier, mountain biker, hiker, supporter of the arts and an avid seeker of practical living ideas.  

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