Cocktail & Other Recipes Occasion St. Patrick's Day

11 Cocktails to Make on St. Patrick's Day

To celebrate a drinks-centered holiday, try one of these.

Luck of the Irish cocktail
Luck of the Irish Image: / Tim Nusog

If there’s any holiday where drinking can be considered the main event, St. Patrick’s Day is it. But just because you’re looking to celebrate with a drink doesn’t mean you have to fall back on green beer. Ditch the neon green Jello shots and boring Guinness for something with a little more sophistication, like one of these 11 cocktails.

  • Conflict & Compromise

    Conflict & Compromise cocktail / Tim Nusog

    If you absolutely must serve something green in observance of the holiday, this cocktail is a good choice. Not only is it a vibrant shade, it’s also delicious. Shake tequila, Midori, lime juice, agave, jalapeño and cilantro to make an unexpectedly herbaceous and spicy tipple.

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  • Tipperary

    Tipperary cocktail

    This twist gives the classic Bijou a little bit of an Irish feel. Stir whiskey, sweet vermouth, green Chartreuse and bitters with ice, and finish with the expressed oils of an orange peel for a burst of citrus.

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  • Mudslide

    Mudslide cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Want to serve a dessert that will get you a little bit buzzed? This rich drink is for you. Simply shake together vodka, coffee liqueur and Baileys Irish cream with heavy cream, and top with a sprinkle of chocolate shavings.

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  • Irish Coffee

    Irish Coffee / Tim Nusog

    There’s nothing like a classic Irish Coffee to warm you up from the inside. Regular coffee gets a kick from a splash of Irish whiskey, and a bit of brown sugar adds subtle sweetness. Garnish with unsweetened whipped cream for a touch of indulgence.

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  • Gaelic Flip

    Gaelic Flip
    Gaelic Flip. / Tim Nusog

    Your guests will flip out over this rich and creamy cocktail. Whiskey, sweet vermouth, allspice liqueur, simple syrup and egg white are shaken until light and frothy and served with a sprinkling of grated nutmeg.

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  • Good Cork

    Good Cork

    Phil Ward

    Irish whiskey and mezcal make an unexpected pairing in this cocktail, with a touch of Bénédictine adding depth. Garnish with an apple slice for a glint of green. 

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  • Shoe Maker

    Shoe Maker 

    Sweeten things up with this Irish whiskey cocktail. The spirit takes on a lighter personality when combined with fino sherry, sugar syrup, orange bitters, raspberries and an orange slice. Garnish with three mint sprigs and a raspberry for an extra-fresh presentation.

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  • Black Velvet

    Black Velvet

    Jim Meehan

    Class up your Guinness with a bit of bubbly. Fill a highball glass halfway with the beer, then pour champagne or sparkling wine over a spoon to top it until the glass is full. 

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  • Irish Blonde

    Irish Blonde

    Dale DeGroff

    Redheads usually get all the glory on St. Paddy’s, but this blonde is a true showstopper. Blended Irish whiskey gets a little lift from orange curaçao, fino sherry and a dash of orange bitters. Bring it all together by topping it with a flamed orange peel.

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  • Sanka, Ya Dead?

    Sanka, Ya Dead?

    Casey Elsass 

    This variation on a Guinness Punch is perfectly indulgent. Guinness, rum, vanilla ice cream, cinnamon and allspice are blended into a rich and creamy milkshake that’ll give you a booze buzz as well as a sugar rush. 

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  • Luck of the Irish

    Luck of the Irish / Tim Nusog

    Anyone can be lucky on St. Patrick’s Day with this spirit-forward sipper. Plus, the recipe couldn’t be any easier: Simply stir together Irish whiskey, sweet vermouth and green Chartreuse with ice, and enjoy.

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