10 St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Recipes to Flex Some Irish Flair

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday for imbibers. Whether you gravitate toward spirits or beer, there’s an Irish option or riff you can enjoy as America pours celebratory dye into its rivers and dons every article of green clothing it has. (There’s even Irish wine, if you feel so inclined.)

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Here, we’re focused on mixed drinks, ones that flex some Irish flair or are at least inspired by the land of rolling green hills and shamrocks — the kind of drink you can clutch triumphantly in hand as you observe a holiday more than 1,000 years old. We won’t quiz you on who St. Patrick was, nor will we check your plate to make sure you’re eating traditional Irish bacon and cabbage (though you probably should). We just want to give you another excuse to celebrate because, well, the last year has been something.

So, as you ready your at-home bar and throw a stout or two in the fridge for good measure, consider these ten drinks to ring in March 17th.

Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan Cocktail

(Created at Trina’s Starlite Lounge, Somerville, Massachusetts)

  • 1.5 oz Egan’s Irish Whiskey (Vintage Grain)
  • .75 oz cinnamon syrup
  • 2 dashes black walnut bitters
Method: Build in a Collins glass and top with Harpoon Stout.

Psycho Killer

Psycho Killer Cocktail Dead Rabbit
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(Created by The Dead Rabbit, New York City)

  • 2 dashes Absinthe Verte
  • .75 oz Campari
  • .5 oz Giffard White Crème de Cacao
  • .5 oz Giffard Banane du Brésil liqueur
  • 2 oz Redbreast 12-Year Irish Whiskey (or Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey)

Method: Stir all ingredients in a whiskey glass with large ice block and enjoy. 

Gunpowder of Middle Earth

Gunpowder of Middle Earth Irish Cocktail

Method: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and muddle to create flavor. Add ice to vessel and toss. Double strain into coupe glass. Garnish with a slice of kiwi.


(Created by Lee Zaremba, Lazy Bird, Chicago)

  • 2 oz Irish whiskey
  • .5 oz dry vermouth
  • .5 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash absinthe

Method: Stir all ingredients with ice, strain into a glass filled with fresh ice, and garnish.

The Enlightener

The Enlightener Cocktail

(Created at La Brasa, Somerville, Massachusetts)

Method: Mix and top with crushed ice, garnish with bruleed blood orange circle. 

The Declaration

negroni cocktail orange

(Created by Ezra Star, Drink, Boston)

1.5 oz Irish whiskey
.5 oz honey simple*
.75 oz Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth
bar spoon lemon juice
dash Angostura bitters
dashes Angostura Orange bitters
*Honey simple: Make with 1:1 ratio of honey and cold water. 
Method: Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

The Irish Aitail

The Aitail Irish Cocktail
  • 4 sprigs of thyme, leaves only 
  • 2 oz Jose Cuervo Tradicional Añejo 
  • .75 oz caraway-fennel simple syrup 
  • Soda water 
  • Splash of fresh grapefruit juice

Method: Muddle the thyme. Add the Cuervo Tradicional Añejo and simple syrup and fill shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with soda water and squeeze of grapefruit juice. Garnish with thyme sprigs and dehydrated grapefruit.

Spice Market

The Spice Market Irish Cocktail
  • 1 oz vanilla chai tea
  • 1 oz Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin
  • .5 oz apricot liqueur
  • 1 bar spoon of orgeat syrup
  • 1 bar spoon of spice syrup

Method: Fill a shaker with ice and add all the ingredients. Shake really well until the shaker is icy. Double strain into a highball and garnish with a hollowed-out passionfruit.

Irish Mule

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  • 2 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 4 oz ginger beer
  • 1 lime (freshly squeezed)

Method: Combine ingredients in a copper mug and stir over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge. 

Irish Coffee

The Kerryman Irish Coffee Cocktail
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(Created at The Kerryman, Chicago)

  • 1.5 oz Irish whiskey (Jameson suggested)
  • 3 oz hot coffee
  • .5 oz demerara syrup*
  • 1 oz whipped heavy cream

*Demerara syrup: Make with 1:1 ratio of demerara sugar and water. 

Method: Fill a 6-ounce Victorian Irish coffee glass or mug with hot water to heat it. Discard the water and add all the ingredients except for the heavy cream. Float the whipped heavy cream on top. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

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