St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

St. Patrick's Day libations tend to be of a simple variety: beer, beer, and more beer. Sometimes green beer. If there's any liquor involved, it might be a shot of Jameson, but that's about it.

It doesn't have to be that way, though. There are many cocktails that are well suited for a St. Patrick's Day quaff — either because they're Irish-themed, they're green, or they're just plain delicious. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Spring is just around the corner, but it might still be cold where you are. If so, there's no better drink than an Irish Coffee. This is one of my all-time favorites.

 

Irish Coffee

1 1/2 oz Irish Whiskey
2 teaspoons Demerara Sugar
4 oz Hot Coffee
Lightly Whipped Cream

In a preheated Irish coffee glass, add the sugar and whiskey and stir until dissolved. Add coffee, then float cream on top.

 

Here's an Irish version of the Manhattan, made with Irish Whiskey and a touch of Green Chartereuse. (Originally appeared in Hugo Ensslin's Recipes for Mixed Drinks, 1916.)

 

Tipperary

2 oz Irish Whiskey
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
1/2 oz Green Chartreuse

Stir with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

 

Another variation on the Manhattan, this one created by Gary Regan.

 

Dubliner

2 oz Irish Whiskey
1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
2 Dashes Orange Bitters

Stir with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a green maraschino cherry, if available. 

 

One of the leading lights of the craft cocktail renaissance, this drink is a lovely pale shade of green.

 

Last Word

1/2 oz Gin
1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
1/2 oz Maraschino Liqueur
1/2 oz Lime Juice

Shake with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

 

This is the closest thing I could find to a St. Patrick's Day-themed Tiki drink. (See photo at the bottom of this post.)

 

Green Flash

2 oz White Rum
1/2 oz Blue Curacao
1 oz Grapefruit Juice
1 oz Passion Fruit Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
Club Soda

Shake the first 6 ingredients with ice, then strain into an ice-filled collins glass. Top with club soda.

 

I don't know how this drink got its name — perhaps because it has enough booze in it to knock you over the head.

 

Irish Shillelagh

1 1/2 oz Irish Whiskey
1 oz White Rum
1/2 oz Sloe Gin
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
1 teaspoon Peach Schnapps 

Shake with ice, then strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Garnish with fresh berries.

 

Here's a tasty one, courtesy of Michael Collins Irish Whiskey.

 

Frisky Whiskey

1 1/2 oz Michael Collins Blended Irish Whiskey
3/4 oz Bärenjäger Honey Liqueur
1 1/2 oz Orange Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Shake with ice, then strain into an ice-filled old fashioned glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

 

This drink gets a bad rap — and it's true that it's heavy and sweet. But if you like chocolate and mint, it's pretty tasty.

 

Grasshopper

1 1/2 oz Green Crème de Menthe
1 1/2 oz White Crème de Cacao
1 oz Cream

Shake with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 

 

If you have any suggestions for your favorites, please pass them along. Sláinte!

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(This didn't come out quite as green as I anticipated. But it's close enough for drinking!)

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