The Ultimate List of St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

Every year, tens of thousands of people around the United States (and, you know, in Ireland) celebrate the feast of St. Patrick’s Day. (Don’t know why the day is celebrated? Check out a history of the day here.) What differentiates everyone’s celebrations is what you are drinking. Yes, you could drink cheap beer dyed green, if you wanted to be that guy. You could also drink a fine Irish whiskey, which is a pretty perfect way to raise a toast to the birthplace of whiskey. Or, if you’re looking to make something a little more intricate, you could take that Irish whiskey and use it in a cocktail.

Below, you’ll find eight delicious Irish whiskey-based cocktails and one Irish gin cocktail that you can shake up this St. Patrick’s Day. With these, you might not even need the luck of the Irish to get kissed!

Powerful Punch

Cocktail Powerful Punch

(Recipe created at La Peg, Brooklyn)

Method: Combine whiskey, tea syrup, and lemon juice in a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice, top off with club soda, and garnish with mint and lemon peel.

Crossing Currents

Cocktail Crossing Currents Knappogue
Liz Clayman

(Created by Joaquín Simó, Pouring Ribbons, New York City) 

Method: Stir ingredients together with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon peel that has been trimmed, expressed, and inserted.

The Hibernian

Beam Suntory
Beam-Suntory

(Created by Amy Probasco)

  • 1.5 parts Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye
  • .5 parts sweet vermouth
  • .25 parts Benedictine
  • 3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • 2 dashes absinthe

Method: Combine all ingredients in mixing glass with ice. Stir until chilled and strain into chilled coupe. Garnish with a Luxardo maraschino cherry.

Bishop of Slane

Cocktail Bishop of Slane
Slane Irish Whiskey

(Created by Max Green, Blue Quarter & Amor y Amargo, New York City)

Method: Add all ingredients to a mixing glass, add ice and stir. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a flamed orange peel.

For an added complexity, batch this drink into a 750 ml bottle with Irish Breakfast tea as the dilution. 

  • 8 oz Slane Irish Whiskey
  • 6 oz Irish breakfast tea (like Lyon’s)
  • 4 oz Cocchi Torino 
  • 4 oz Cynar 
  • .25 oz Figgy Pudding Bitters

Method: Add all ingredients together and pour into a 750 ml bottle. Seal and store in the refrigerator or freezer. When ready to serve pour 4 oz into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a flamed orange peel. 

Bonnie’s Milk Punch

Cocktail Bonnie’s Milk Punch

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

Method: Combine fig/orange whiskey, allspice dram, falernum, juices, and water in a large container. Heat Half & Half until boiling and then slowly pour over punch (should curdle). Leave in the refrigerator overnight. Strain over the next three days until clear (use multiple strainers). Bottle and serve cold in a punch cup.

Paddy’s Julep

Cocktail Paddy's Julep Red Bush
Red Bush

(Created by Conor Myers, Underdog, New York City)

  • 1.5 oz Red Bush
  • .5 oz creme de cacao
  • .5 oz simple syrup
  • .75 oz lemon juice
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Fresh mint

Method: Build and churn over crushed ice, julep style. Serve with mint sprig & nutmeg.

Irish Maid

Cocktail Irish Maid Tullamore Dew
Tullamore D.E.W.

(Recipe created by Tim Herlihy, National Tullamore D.E.W. Ambassador)

  • 2 parts Tullamore D.E.W. Original
  • .5 parts St-Germain 
  • .75 parts fresh lemon juice
  • .75 parts simple syrup
  • 5 slices cucumber

Method: In a shaker, muddle the cucumber slices. Add remaining ingredients and fill shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, and fine-strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a cucumber slice.

Irish Apple

Cocktail Irish Apple

Method: Combine ingredients and shake with ice. Pour over ice into a large rocks glass. Top with ginger beer to serve.

The Curious Jackalope

Cocktail The Curious Jackalope

Method: Shake and serve over ice. Garnish with fresh mint and a generous grapefruit wedge.

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