Cocktail & Other Recipes Occasion St. Patrick's Day

11 Cocktails to Make on St. Patrick's Day

Gaelic Flip. Image: Tim Nusog

Green beer and whiskey shots are the coin of the realm on St. Patrick’s Day. But that doesn’t mean you can’t dress up your drinking experience with more thoughtful concoctions. These 11 cocktails will get you into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit in no time.

  • Spicy Mint Avocado Margarita

    Tim Nusog

    Don’t feel like wearing green this year? Mix a batch of these Margaritas and carry one around with you to stay in the spirit. The avocados, jalapeños, fresh mint and lime juice are a quadruple dose of green and absolutely delicious when mixed with tequila, orange liqueur, simple syrup and a pinch of salt.

  • Good Cork

    Mix up your Irish whiskey with a dash of mezcal for a truly unique cocktail that will be sure to impress your guests. A splash of Bénédictine and some bitters bring the two spirits together to create a boozy tipple perfect for slow sipping.

  • Irish Coffee

    Tim Nusog

    It wouldn’t be a St. Patrick’s Day cocktail list if it didn’t mention this classic. Whether you’re sipping it with brunch or using it as an after dinner pick-me-up, the mix of Irish whiskey, brown sugar and hot brewed coffee is sure to please.

  • Cucumber, Basil & Lime Gimlet

    Tim Nusog

    Get some greens into your boozy St. Patrick’s Day diet with this light and refreshing cocktail. A Gimlet’s classic combination of gin, lime juice and simple syrup gets a fresh update when you swap in vodka, a dash of lemonade and some fresh cucumber for extra hydration.

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  • Frisky Whiskey

    Tim Nusog

    Get it on this St. Patrick’s Day with this flirty cocktail. It’s a sweet combination of whiskey, honey liqueur, fresh orange juice, simple syrup and bitters that’s shaken and served in a highball. It’s light enough to drink all day, so you can start with brunch, then sip on this all afternoon.

  • Emerald Isle of the Caribbean

    Non-Irish people love celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, so why not celebrate with a cocktail that isn’t necessarily Irish itself? This spin on a classic Irish Coffee pairs fresh dark-roast coffee with rum, cinnamon syrup and Velvet falernum for a Tiki flair.

  • An Bodhran (The Drum)

    Its name translates to “The Drum”, and this drink will definitely have you marching to the beat of your own. Shake whiskey, port, maple sugar and an egg heavily with ice, then strain into a coupe and top with three drops of mint bitters to make a celebratory shamrock garnish.

  • Green Beast

    Tim Nusog

    Get all of your guests into the party mood with this green punch. Absinthe is a surprising star in this recipe, but its unmistakable flavor is toned down to a refreshing hint when it’s mixed with fresh lime juice, simple syrup and a little bit of water.

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  • Shoe Maker

    Craving something fruity? This will do the trick. Irish whiskey gets a lighter treatment when it’s paired with fino sherry, sugar syrup, orange bitters, raspberries and orange. Serve over crushed ice and garnish with mint and a raspberry.

  • Green Holiday

    Tim Nusog

    Balance out the booze with a hint of nutrients in this bright sipper. Vodka, wheatgrass juice, fresh lime juice and agave nectar are a shockingly green combination that’s especially stunning when topped with mint leaves and a watermelon radish slice.

  • Gaelic Flip

    Gaelic Flip. Tim Nusog

    Your guests will flip out over this sweet and creamy concoction. Dry-shake Irish whiskey, sweet vermouth, allspice liqueur, simple syrup and egg until smooth and fluffy, then shake again with ice to cool it all down. Top with grated nutmeg.