Tired of mixing your favorite ale with food coloring to drink a green beer on St Paddy’s Day? Celebrate St Patrick in style and up your game with these drinks.
From Instagramable green drinks to classic St Patrick’s Day cocktails featuring Irish whiskey, these are the perfect recipes to surprise your family and friends.
Green Cocktails for St Patrick’s Day
1. Luck of the Irish
Mixing Jameson whisky with peach schnapps, pineapple juice, and sparkling lime soda, this bright green goodness is the perfect drink to bring luck into your home. You can make it as pale or intense in color as you like, depending on how much food dye you add.
For an equally exquisite variation, replace the peach with sour apple schnapps and decorate with a green apple slice.
2. Irish Margarita Recipe
Give green ginger ale a break and drink this sweet and fruity cocktail instead. This take on the classic margarita combines dark tequila with peach schnapps, lime juice, pineapple juice, and Aperol.
Add a splash of whisky and some blue curaçao – mixed with the apple juice, and it’ll give this cocktail its emerald green color. Serve in a coupe rimmed with gold sugar crystals.
Another green margarita inspired by How Sweet Eats mixes tequila and Marnier with cucumber juice.
3. St Patricks Day Green Dublin
A classic green cocktail, Green Dublin is a perfect choice if you like sour apple schnapps. Pour some into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and mix with whiskey and white cranberry juice.
Serve in a martini glass garnished with mint leaves and a green apple slice.
4. Green Mimosas (St Patrick’s Day Drink)
By Trop Rockin
If mimosas are your go-to cocktail, you’re going to love this St Paddy’s Day special. This cocktail is made of only three ingredients: champagne, orange juice, and blue curacao to achieve the green hue.
Pour everything into a flute glass and stir well. Serve on ice.
5. Shamrock Juice Cocktail
The Shamrock Juice may or may not bring good luck, but it can easily send you into oblivion with just a few sips.
Nevertheless, it’s incredibly festive and perfect for testing your mixology skills. Blend some gin with light rum, white tequila, and vodka. Add blue curacao and freshly squeezed orange juice. Serve in a parfait or hurricane glass.
Baileys St Patrick’s Day Drinks
6. Baileys Mint Martini
The ultimate combo of Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur with creme de menthe, the Baileys mint martini is a perfect choice if you like simple yet exquisitely creamy green cocktails.
Mix the Baileys with mint liqueur, vodka, and half-and-half. Pour in a martini glass and garnish with whipped cream and green sprinkles. Or, for a more neutral taste, replace the whipped cream with whipped egg whites.
7. Baileys Grasshopper
The original Baileys grasshopper mixes Baileys Irish Cream with creme de menthe and white crème de cacao. However, you don’t have to make it green. If you’d like something original this year, ditch the mint liqueur and replace it with Kahlua for a subtle Irish coffee flavor.
8. St Patrick’s Day Baileys Irish Float
By Food Network
Extra-creamy, this decadent cocktail may not be green, but it’s well worth tasting.
It’s made of Baileys Original, Guinness beer, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate syrup. Serve in a hurricane glass coated in chocolate.
9. Boozy Shamrock Shake
Another creamy green cocktail, the boozy shamrock shake combines Baileys Original with crème de menthe, vanilla ice cream, and Irish vodka.
For the wow factor, serve in a tall glass topped with whipped cream, sprinkles, and maraschino cherries.
Surprising St Patrick’s Day Drinks
10. Emerald Sunrise
The emerald sunrise is the perfect St Patrick’s drink if you’re feeling fancy. It is layered and pretty and becomes all green once mixed, and it’s inspired by the Emerald Isles.
The key to perfect layering is to funnel blue curacao to the bottom of the glass through a large straw after you’ve blended all other ingredients.
11. Green Bloody Mary
Using tomatillos instead of tomatoes make it easy to create a green bloody Mary drink. What makes it special, though, is the secret ingredient – horseradish.
The cocktail also includes jalapenos for some unexpected hotness. With only vodka and lots of delicious veggies, it is the perfect low-calorie cocktail.
12. St. Patrick’s Day Jello Shots
These shots may not be your standard St Patrick’s drinks, but they are fun and magically delicious. They’re also easy to make beforehand and store in the fridge for a few days. Not to mention that the layers make up the beautiful Irish flag.
13. Black Velvet Guinness Drink
Guinness is an Irish staple that you can’t miss from your house on St. Patricks Day. However, you don’t have to drink it plain.
Pour your favorite champagne into a flute and slowly top it with an equal amount of chilled stout.
14. Pot of Gold
When you’re feeling lucky, you can’t go wrong with this cocktail.
This heavenly concoction combines Irish whiskey with Islay scotch, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and honey syrup for natural sweetness. Blend and pour everything into a coupe filled with ice. Top with egg white and decorate with edible gold flakes.
St Patrick’s Day Whiskey Cocktails
15. The Irish Maid
The perfect St Patrick’s Day cocktail if you want an easy-to-make drink, the Irish maid is ideal for evening sipping.
All you need is a dribble of freshly squeezed lemon juice, elderflower liqueur, and a splash of simple syrup. Garnish with a couple of cucumber slices to add some greenness to the mix.
16. Irish Old Fashioned
A timeless classic, the Irish Old Fashioned is made with whiskey instead of bourbon and served on rocks.
This spirited drink mixes Jameson Black Barrel whisky with Angostura Bitters, orange bitter, and Benedictine. Garnish with dried orange peels.
17. Irish Sour Cocktail
Shake whiskey, sweet vermouth, lemon and pink grapefruit juice, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, grenadine, and simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Strain into a tumbler and add a dash of club soda. Voila! Your Irish Sour is ready.
This drink is based on the famous whiskey sour, so you can just have that if you don’t have any Irish whiskey.
18. Golden Irish Mule Cocktail
A vibrant cocktail perfect for St Patrick’s Day and all other sunny days, the golden Irish mule is perfect for making on the spot with your favorite whiskey and ginger beer.
The secret ingredients – that don’t really make it golden but do add some gold – are ice cubes with edible gold flakes.
19. Irish Whiskey Sidecar
A true stunner, this cocktail blends the strong flavors of whiskey with the sweetness of blue curaçao and the freshness of orange juice.
Serve in a champagne coupe rimmed with golden sugar and garnish with an orange twist or maraschino cherry.
20. Irish Whiskey Smash
By Well Plated
A refreshing twist on the classic whiskey smash, this Irish whiskey cocktail combines your favorite Irish whiskey with agave nectar and freshly cut lemon and lime chunks.
Serve it on rocks garnished with a mint sprig, or make it sparkle with some green food coloring.
21. Jameson Irish Redhead Cocktail
Sparkly red, this cocktail is a perfect choice if you want something to contrast with all the green madness.
Simply blend whisky with grenadine, Sprite, and a lemon and lime squeeze. Stir well and serve in a rocks glass garnished with a slice of blood orange.
Why Do We Drink On St. Patricks Day?
Every year on March 17, Irish and Irish Americans commemorate the death of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. For years now, people of Irish descent have joined in to celebrate Ireland’s rich culture and traditions.
Celebrations include prominent displays of green in all of its hues, eating, and drinking.
The tradition of drinking alcohol was introduced by Christians who took advantage of the Lent restrictions being temporarily removed. Even today, most Catholics choose to cast aside Lenten food and alcohol restrictions and enjoy a green beer or cocktail on this day.
Irish Americans were the first to celebrate this day with revelries of parties and parades – the first St Patrick’s Day Party and Parade were held in Boston in 1737. Hence, drinking on this day has become a national habit.
Whether you want to celebrate your Irish heritage or commemorate the patron saint of Ireland, these delicious green cocktails are perfect lucky charms. Choose your favorite one or try them all with your family and friends.