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The Best Irish Cocktails for All Your Saint Patrick’s Day Festivities

Don’t you just love seeing green?!

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Whether you love the holiday due to your Irish heritage or are zero percent Irish and just love a chance to get lit festive, St. Patrick’s Day is a great day to clink glasses with all of your friends–while dressed in head-to-toe green, obviously.

Perhaps one of the most fun aspects of the day is finding delish Irish drinks that range from extremely boozy to fun and fruity. And not only that, but stirring up St. Patrick’s Day-themed cocktails is a chance to try some bright green-colored flavors that may get a little overlooked throughout the rest of the year. Sour apple flavors? Break ‘em out! Looking for something that makes you think you’re sitting seaside in the middle of winter? Don’t worry, some of these cocktail recipes have enough limes and coconuts to make sure you're feelin beachy. Others are just classic Irish cocktails you just have to make on March 17th.

St. Patrick’s Day parties are also a great time to make sure you bust out your clear drinkware. Maybe you seize the moment to use your fancy cocktail glasses, or just class up a clear solo cup–these bright green cocktails will set the tone for your entire celebration either way. You might be hanging at home watching Luck of the Irish (same) or having a rager, but one of these St. Patrick's Day drinks is sure to come to your aid. Cheers and stay lucky, bbs!

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1 The Rory McIlroy
hardshore gin rory mcilroy cocktail
Hardshore Gin

The cocktail gets its name from the Irish golfer, ICYMI, so think of it like an Irish Arnold Palmer. Combine 2 ounces of Hardshore Original Gin with 1 ½ ounces of fresh lemon juice, 1 ounce of pear syrup, 1 ½ ounces of double-strong Irish black tea and a mint sprig for good luck.

Recipe from Hardshore Gin

2 Minty Iced Coffee
peet's minty iced coffee
Peet's Coffee

Peet’s coffee AND Bailey’s Irish cream? Say no more. For this recipe, bring ¼ cup of fresh mint leaves, ½ cup of sugar, ½ cup of water and ⅛ teaspoon of sea salt to a simmer for five minutes. Go ahead and remove the mixture from the stove top, strain it and let it cool. Then, combine 32 ounces of Peet’s House Blend coffee with 8 ounces of Bailey’s Irish cream. Add in one to two tablespoons of the minty syrup.

Just FYI: The recipe makes four coffees, so one for you and three friends, or all of the coffee for you, no judgment.

Recipe from Peet's Coffee

3 The Daisy
the daisy cocktail
Bushmills Irish Whiskey

There’s no better way to ring in the holiday than with actual Irish whiskey, and Bushmills is here to answer that call. This take on a margarita is as simple to make as it is easy to drink (read: very). Combine the 2 ounces of whiskey, 1 ounce of pineapple juice, 1 ounce of lime juice and ½ ounce of agave syrup. Shake well and serve in a glass rimmed with chili salt.

Recipe from Bushmills Irish Whiskey

4 Green River
hornitos tequila green river cocktail
Hornitos Tequila

Stay on theme with this Hornitos tequila-based glass of deliciousness. In a mixing glass, add two parts of tequila with ⅔ parts of green chartreuse liqueur and one part of fresh lime juice. Shake, strain and garnish with a lime twist.

Recipe from Hornitos Tequila

5 El Chapulín
el chapulin cocktail
Illegal Mezcal

This decadent cocktail is both sweet and stunning. Combine 1 ounce of Ilegal Mezcal Joven, 1 ounce of Creme de Menthe, 1 ounce of cream and 1 ounce of Creme de Cacao liqueur, and shake until blended. For bonus points, go ahead and dust your drink with Mexican chocolate.

Recipe from Illegal Mezcal

6 River Boyne Fizz
slane irish whiskey river boyne fizz
Slane Irish Whiskey

So this cocktail gets its name from the Irish river that's the water source for the Slane Whiskey Distillery. It’s simple, it’s refreshing, and it’s a quintessentially Irish cocktail. To whip it up, combine 1 ounce of Slane Irish Whiskey, 1 ounce of lemon juice, a dash of orange bitters, and 1 tablespoon of honey. Top it all off with tonic water and garnish it with a sprig of mint and a lemon wedge.

Recipe from Slane Irish Whiskey

7 St. Patrick's Day Shake
st patrick's day shake

Go ahead and majorly upgrade your shamrock shake. Add 1 ½ ounces of Bailey’s Original Irish Cream and 3 ounces of milk to a blender along with two scoops of your favorite mint chocolate chip ice cream. Blend until smooth.

Recipe from Baileys

8 Grey Goose Cucumber Fizz
grey goose cucumber fizz
Grey Goose

This absolute delight of a cocktail combines elderflower liqueur with cucumber, which just might be the day’s winning combination. To make it, mix 1 ½ ounces of Grey Goose La Poire vodka, ½ ounce of St-Germain elderflower liqueur, 2 ounces of juiced cucumbers, ½ ounce of lemon juice, and ½ ounce of simple syrup. Top it off with soda water and raise a glass to yourself.

Recipe from Grey Goose

9 Midori Lemon Lime Soda
midori lemon lime soda

Try a boozy upgrade to your regular soda. Just mix 1 part of Midori Melon Liqueur and 2 parts of any lemon-lime soda in a mixing glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Recipe from Midori

10 Belvedere Lakeside Cocktail
belvedere vodka lakeside cocktail
Belvedere Vodka

There’s no way around it: This cocktail is just plain pretty. To make it, grab 1 ¼ ounces of Belvedere vodka, a ½ ounce of fino sherry, ¾ ounce of fresh lemon juice, ¾ ounce of honey water and two chunks of cucumber. Put it all in a shaker with ice and strain it into your most gorgeous coup glass.

Recipe from Belvedere

11 The Great Jones Julep
great jones julep
Great Jones Distilling Co

NYC-based distillery Great Jones offers a fresh take on the classic mint julep. To make your own, combine 2 ounces of Great Jones Straight Bourbon, ¾ ounces of fresh lemon juice, ¾ ounces of spiced honey syrup, 5 large mint leaves, and 4 large blackberries. Muddle the blackberries with the mint leaves and add the mixture into a shaker along with the other ingredients. Strain and drink!

Recipe from Great Jones

12 Eastern Standard
dogfish head eastern standard
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Start muddlin’! Grab three slices of cucumber and a few mint leaves to mash in a mixing glass. From there, add 2 ounces of Dogfish Head Analog Vodka, 1 ounce of fresh lime juice, and ¾ ounce of simple syrup.

Recipe from Dogfish Head

13 Elderflower and Mint Martini
the botanist elderflower mint martini
The Botanist

For all of you martini lovers out there, this is your drink! Combine 1 ½ ounces of The Botanist Gin, ½ an ounce of dry vermouth, 1 teaspoon of elderflower liqueur, and a sprig of mint. Mix it a little, and then enjoy it.

Recipe from The Botanist

14 Vodka Gimlet
pinnacle vodka gimlet
Pinnacle Vodka

Fresh, light and easy to make? Sign us up. Combine 1 ½ ounces of Pinnacle vodka, ½ an ounce of lime juice, 1 ounce of simple syrup, and all of the lime wedges your heart desires.

Recipe from Pinnacle Vodka

15 Basil Martini
basil martini
Finlandia Vokda

Kick your martini game up a notch with this basil-infused take on the old classic. Combine 1 ounce of Finlandia vodka, 1 dash of simple syrup, 2 dashes of lime juice, and 5 basil leaves. Shake, strain, and garnish with more basil or limes.

Recipe from Finlandia Vodka

16 Une Belle Vie Spritz
une belle vie spritz

It really doesn’t get any better than elderflower-flavored anything, and this drink is no exception. Combine ½ ounce of St-Germain elderflower liqueur, ½ ounce of Absenteroux, ½ ounce of dry vermouth, a dash of absinthe, and a little bit (or more if you want!) of lime sherbert. Mix it well and then top it off with champagne. Yes, there is a lot of alcohol in this drink.

Recipe from St-Germain

17 Irish Lemonade
jameson irish lemonade

Lemonade, but make it Irish, of course. Add 1 ounce of Jameson Original, 2 ounces of lemonade, a splash of club soda, and a dash of bitters. Toss in some lemons and fresh mint to garnish.

Recipe from Jameson Irish Whiskey

18 Game Set Matcha
don julio game set matcha
Don Julio

There has never been a better day to embrace matcha. To make this bright cocktail, mix a teaspoon of matcha tea powder with your milk of choice, add 2 ounces of Don Julio Blanco, and toss in some honey to taste, as well as some sprigs of mint. Shake well and pour over ice.

Recipe from Don Julio

19 Atomic Irishman
torani atomic irishman

Consider this the Irish equivalent of a frozen piña colada. If you want to feel like it's bikini weather, combine 1 tablespoon of Torani Crème de Menthe syrup, ½ tablespoon of Irish cream liqueur, ½ tablespoon of Irish whiskey, and 2 shots of espresso. Toss it all in a blender until it’s smooth.

Recipe from Torani

20 Chartreuse Tonic
chartreuse tonic

This fizzy green drink is the perfect option if you're hoping to take a break from the heavier drinks. Just combine 1 ounce of Green Chartreuse, 4 ounces of tonic, and as much ice as you want.

Recipe from Chartreuse

21 Newly Minted
guinness newly minted

If you love Guinness, this is the cocktail for you. It’s also super easy to throw together: Simply combine 1 ounce of Crème De Menthe with a Guinness Extra Stout or a Guinness Draught. Pour it over ice and add a mint leaf, if the mood strikes you.

Recipe from Guinness

22 Green Machine Gin and Juice
green machine gin and juice

Grab 3 ounces of your favorite green juice and combine it with 1 ¼
ounces of Tanqueray London Dry Gin, for a drink that actually adds a lil bit of nutrition to your day. Stir it gently and add—you guessed it—a sprig of mint as a garnish.

Recipe from Tanqueray

23 Coconut Mojito
smirnoff coconut mojito

With coconut and lemon flavors, this drink will have you convinced that you’re sitting on the beach. Combine 1 ½ ounces of Smirnoff coconut, ¾ ounces of fresh lemon juice, and 7 mint leaves in a shaker until they’re all really well-combined. Then pour into a glass and top with club soda and a lemon wheel if you’re feelin fancy.

Recipe from Smirnoff

24 Sour Apple Martini
sour apple martini

This simple martini will keep you on the holiday theme as you sip something reminiscent of your fave sour candy. Add 1 ounce of DeKuyper Pucker Sour Apple Schnapps, 1 ounce of vodka and ½ ounce of sour mix.

Recipe from DeKuyper

25 Gin Blossom
dekuyper gin blossom

For some new mixers you might not usually have, try this bright green cocktail that has brandy and grenadine. It’s really simple to make: Combine 1 ounce of DeKuyper Kirschwasser Brandy, 1 ounce of gin, 3 ounces of sour mix, and a splash of grenadine. Shake and enjoy!

Recipe from DeKuyper

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