Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With These Luck of The Irish Cocktails

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The one holiday that allows anyone to be Irish for a day is nearly here, and if a traditional boiled dinner of cabbage and corned beef is not quite your speed, there are plenty of other ways to pay respect to the Emerald Isle. St. Patrick’s Day is one of the biggest parties of the year.

The celebration is a tradition for many of us, whether we have a drop of Irish blood or not. While celebrations will be different this year, that doesn’t mean that you will not be able to toast the day away! If you’re joining in the fun, you will definitely need a few great drinks for the occasion whether a small fathering or virtual get-together.

From green beer to cocktails featuring Irish whiskey and other lucky spirits, there’s a fun and tasty recipe to fit every taste. Mix one of these up and start spreading the Irish cheer — Erin go Bragh!

St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

Leprechaun’s Vacation

Ingredients

1 oz Smirnoff №21 Vodka

.5 oz blue Curacao

3 oz pineapple juice

1 oz club soda

Garnish

Pineapple Slice and umbrella

St. Patrick’s Sour Apple

Ingredients

3 ounces Barefoot Bubbly Extra Dry

1 ounce Sour Apple Schnapps

1 ounce White Cranberry Juice

1/4 ounce Simple Syrup

Sugar for rim

Green apple slices

Directions

Rim cocktail glass with lemon wedge.

Dip rim in sugar and set aside.

Place sour apple schnapps, white cranberry juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice.

Shake to chill.

Strain into glass and top with Barefoot Bubbly Extra Dry.

Garnish with apple slices

The Diplomático Lucky to be Stirred Not Shaken

Ingredients

1.5 oz Diplomático Mantuano

1 oz apple juice

1 oz sugar syrup

2 dashes orange bitters

Directions

Add all ingredients together in a rocks glass, stir and serve.

Jameson Ginger & Lime

Ingredients

1 part Jameson

2 parts Ginger Ale

1 lime wedge

Directions

Fill a highball glass with ice, add Jameson over ice. Pour ginger ale into the glass to fill. Stir briefly to mix. Take a large wedge of lime, squeeze and drop into glass.

Absolut Green Goddess Gimlet

Ingredients

2 Parts Absolut Vodka

3/4 Parts Simple Syrup

3/4 Parts Lime

3 Cucumber Slices

3 Mint Leaves

1 Slice Green Apple

Directions

Build cocktail in blender. Blend 15 seconds. Fine strain in shaking tin. Shake & strain in a coupe. Garnish with lime wedge.

Belvedere Vodka’s Super Cocktail — Avocado

Ingredients

2 oz / 60 ml Belvedere Vodka

2 slices Avocado

.5 oz / 15 ml Coconut Milk

.75 oz / 20 ml Fresh Lemon Juice

.25 oz / 7 ml Honey Syrup

.5 oz / 15 ml Fresh Pineapple Juice

Coconut Chips & Chili Flakes

Directions

Build in shaker. Shake with ice and fine strain into coupe cocktail glass. Garnish with coconut chips and chili flakes.

Belvedere Vodka’s Super Cocktail — Kale

Ingredients

2 oz / 60 ml Belvedere Vodka or Belvedere Ginger Zest

.5 oz / 15 g Curly Kale

.5 oz / 15 ml Fresh Lemon Juice

.5 oz / 15 g Ginger

10 oz / 280 g Cucumber

2 oz / 55 g Celery Stalks

Dry Kale (optional)

Directions

Place all ingredients into a juice maker and mix. Then place into shaker and shake. Fine strain into rocks glass. Garnish with dry kale.

Belvedere Vodka’s Super Cocktail — Matcha

Ingredients

2 oz / 60 ml Belvedere Vodka

.75 oz / 20 ml Honey Syrup

.75 oz / 20 ml Fresh Lemon Juice

2 oz / 60 ml Matcha Tea

Top with Soda Water or Natural Ginger Beer

Ginger Slice

Directions

Shake all ingredients and strain into highball glass over fresh ice and garnish with ginger slice.

Redbreast Highball

Ingredients

2 parts redbreast 12YO

4 parts club Soda

1 orange

Ice

1 highball glass

Directions

Place, ice into highball glass add whiskey and stir with a cocktail spoon. Pour club soda on top, stir again. Take the orange and use a Y peeler to create the garnish. Rim the oils of the orange peel around the glass and place inside the glass.

Proper Irish Coffee

Ingredients

2 oz Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
4 oz hot coffee
.75 oz simple syrup
2–3 oz heavy cream

Directions

In a shaker or jar, shake or whip heavy cream until slightly thickened (not completely stiff). In a mug, add Proper No. Twelve Whiskey, hot coffee, and simple syrup. Stir. Carefully layer on top the thickened heavy cream until it covers the drink. Optional grating of nutmeg on top.

Ketel One Vodka

Ditch the Shamrock Shake, and treat yourself to this twist on the classic brunch cocktail. Grab your squad (and a Zoom link) and spoil your friends with a DIY cocktail class. There’s no better way to ring in the day of luck than a green toast!

Green Mary

Ingredients

1.5 oz Ketel One Vodka

5 oz Pineapple juice

1 stalk of coriander leaves

1 stalk of mint leaves

3–4 Jalapeno slices

.24 oz apple cider vinegar

.15 oz agave syrup

Garnish with half moon & mint bouquet

Directions

Take a clean Highball Glass, add your ingredients over ice, finish with a ribbon, and serve!

Bulleit Green Light District

Ingredients

1 part Bulleit Rye

1 Part green crème de menthe

1 part crème de cacao

1 part heavy cream

5 mint leaves

Directions

Shake all the ingredients and serve up.

Irish Manhattan

Ingredients

1.5 parts Writers’ Tears Copper Pot

¾ part sweet vermouth

1–2 dashes aromatic bitters

Shake with ice & strain into cocktail glass

Directions

Garnish with cherry

The Busker Paloma

Ingredients

1 oz The Busker

2 oz Pink Grapefruit Soda

Fresh Mint Sprig

Directions

Fill a highball glass with ice, pour The Busker Irish Whiskey and top up with Pink Grapefruit Soda. Stir and garnish with Fresh Mint sprig.

Roe & Co Irish Coffee

Ingredients

40ml Roe & Co

60ml freshly brewed americano coffee

10ml porter syrup/sugar syrup

15ml fresh lightly whipped cream

grated nutmeg & 3 coffee beans

Directions

Heat the Irish coffee glass with boiling water.

Once heated empty the water out and add 60ml of freshly brewed hot coffee and in the syrup.

Stir lightly.

Pour in 40ml of Roe & Co and layer lightly whipped fresh cream on top.

Garnish with 3 coffee beans and a light dusting of grated nutmeg.

The Spice Market

1 oz. Vanilla Chai tea

1 oz. Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin

½ oz. Apricot Liqueur

1 bar spoon of Orgeat Syrup

1 bar spoon of Spice syrup

Directions

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.

The Golden Dram

Ingredients

2 oz ABERFELDY 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

½ oz Local Honey Syrup (honey syrup = 1 part honey, 1 part water)

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

2 dashes Orange Bitters

Directions

Add the honey syrup, bitters and ABERFELDY 12 Years Old to a mixing glass, then add ice and stir to dilute (~30 seconds). Pour into rocks glass and add block ice, then garnish with an orange twist expressing the oils over the drink.

EFFEN Pepino

Ingredients

1 parts EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka

1 splash of Lime Juice

2 parts Lemon Lime Soda

Tajin® Clasico seasoning

Directions

Rim a glass with Tajin® Clasico seasoning. Build over fresh ice, garnish with a cucumber wheel.

TULLAMORE D.E.W. IRISH COFFEE

Created by Tullamore D.E.W. Brand Ambassador Gillian Murphy

Ingredients

1 ½ parts Tullamore D.E.W. Original

1 ½ parts strongly brewed coffee (Recommended: any premium dark roast)

½ part sugar (Recommended: Demerara Sugar)

Lightly whipped heavy cream

Cinnamon or nutmeg

Directions

Preheat a clear-stemmed glass with very hot water. Add the sugar and brewed coffee and stir well. Once sugar has melted, stir in the Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey. Gently whip the heavy cream by shaking it in a protein shaker with a blender ball — you want a still somewhat loose, not stiff consistency. Pour the cream over the back of a hot teaspoon to top the drink (and prevent cream from penetrating the top of the drink). Finally, garnish with grated nutmeg or cinnamon for spicy finish.

Four Grain Clover

Ingredients

2 oz. Black Button Distilling Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey

1/4 oz. Cardamom and Clove Simple Syrup

4 dashes Cardamom Bitters

Directions

Combine all ingredients into a shaker over ice

Shake and strain over a large ice cube in a rocks glass

The Irish Aitall

Ingredients

4 sprigs of thyme, leaves only

2 oz Jose Cuervo Tradicional Añejo

3 ⁄4 oz caraway-fennel simple syrup

Soda Water

Splash of fresh grapefruit juice

Directions

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.

Dream In Color

Ingredients

1.5 parts Redemption Rye

.25 parts Plantation OFTD

.5 Parts Banana Liqueur

3 dashes Lavender bitters

Directions

Stir all ingredients

Strain over large ice-cube

Garnish with a lavender bud or edible flower

St. Patrick’s Day Riesling Sangria

Ingredients

1 bottle of Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling

1 cup white cranberry juice

1/2 granny Smith apple, thinly sliced

2 cups small diced honey dew melon

2 Kiwi, skinned and thinly sliced

1 ½ cups green grapes, cut in ½

6 slices of lime

1 bunch of fresh mint

Directions

Put the fruit and a couple of sprigs of mint in a large glass pitcher. Pour the Riesling and white cranberry juice over it, cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight. When ready to serve, taste and adjust the sweetness if needed and add a squeeze of fresh lime. Place some of the fruit in each glass, top with the sangria and a sprig of mint to serve.

Spicy Ranch Water

Ingredients

1.5 oz. Camarena Silver
.5 oz. Agave Nectar
Sparkling Lime Water

BACARDÍ Real Rum Lime & Soda

Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, due to its lime flavor and green-colored packaging. Made with natural flavors, high-quality real ingredients and crafted with BACARDÍ rum, this ready-to-drink cocktail in a can boasts refreshing, fun and full flavor using the award-winning BACARDÍ white rum as a base — unlike other hard seltzers on the market which are primarily malt-based.

The Big Shot Crate

They’re your best buds. They’d take a bullet for you. And what better way to celebrate that bond than to give ’em a bottle-crackin’ bullet of their own, made just for them.

The Big Shot Crate is the gift that tells your buddies they’ve always been your best shot at a good time. With two personalized beer glasses and a .50 cal bullet bottle opener, they’ll remember your wedding as the blast it’s sure to be.

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