St. Patrick's Day Drinks

13 St. Patrick's Day Cocktails and Whiskeys to Class Up Your Holiday

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  • Updated: Mar 14, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Cocktails

In recent decades, St. Patrick's Day drinks haven't exactly been known for their, uh... elegance. Dumping some green food coloring into an American lager might be fun for a bit, but for a holiday this cool we think it's a shame that people don't get a little more creative.

Some of the most classic cocktails out there actually have a bit of green to them (like the Last Word, with Green Chartreuse), so there's no need to abandon St. Patrick's favorite color if you want to have a more refined menu. We've also got some modern favorites invented by renowned bartenders like Jack McGarry and Joaquín Simó, which bring some craft cocktail flair to the holiday.

We've also included a number of Irish whiskeys in this list, but they're not your run-of-the-mill bottles. Some (though not all) are a bit pricier than standard Jameson or Tullamore Dew—more importantly, though, they're slightly older, more refined expressions that are great for sipping by the fireside rather than knocking back at a crowded frat bar.

So this year, if you're getting tired of the overpriced beer, obnoxious drunk people, and getting Irish Car Bombs spilled on you all night, why not make your own St. Patrick's Day cocktail menu? That way you can all get obnoxiously drunk in the comfort of your own home, confident that you're much more refined than all the revelers out on the street.

  • Irish Whiskey, Coconut Water, Rich Simple Syrup, Matcha, Cinnamon Stick
    The She-lei-lei is an Irish-inspired cocktail by renowned bartender Joaquín Simó of Pouring Ribbons in NYC. Made with Irish whiskey, coconut water, and matcha, it's a very creative recipe with some pretty unconventional ingredients—and it comes out a vibrant green (with no food coloring, thankfully), which makes it perfect for all your St. Patrick's Day cele…
  • Irish Whiskey, Galliano Ristretto, Coffee, Demerara Syrup
    This Cold Irish Coffee recipe was invented by Jack McGarry of The Dead Rabbit, one of New York City's most renowned bars and winner of World's Best Cocktail Bar at the 2015 Spirited Awards. It differs from the classic Irish Coffee with the inclusion of Galliano Ristretto, a coffee liqueur, and of course the temperature. Though it won't warm you up quite so w…
  • Blended Irish Whiskey
    Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey is one of the Jameson line's Select Reserve expressions, aged in ex-bourbon and sherry casks. It's a blend of pot still whiskey and grain whiskey, and with a price point just around $35 it really won't break the bank. Apparently, the Black Barrel name comes from the fact that the bourbon barrels are double-charred, giving t…
  • Chamomile-Infused Irish Whiskey, Lemon Juice, Cucumber Juice, Honey Syrup, Celtic Honey Liqueur, Champagne
    The Joan of Arc cocktail is a St. Patrick's Day cocktail invented by Jack McGarry of The Dead Rabbit, one of New York City's most renowned bars and winner of World's Best Cocktail Bar at the 2015 Spirited Awards. It's made with chamomile-infused Irish whiskey, a fresh combination of lemon juice and cucumber juice, honey syrup and a honey liqueur, and some ch…
  • Irish whiskey, Brown sugar syrup, Coffee, Unsweetened whipped cream
    The Irish Coffee is a perfect drink for when you need to wake up halfway through a long night, or kick yourself out of bed and fight off a hangover. It's an exceedingly simple cocktail, consisting of just Irish whiskey, coffee, a bit of brown sugar simple syrup, and some optional unsweetened whipped cream (preferably homemade). If you're looking for whiskey …
  • Blended Irish Whiskey
    Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey is one of the premium offerings from Bushmills, which holds the honor of being the oldest operating distillery in Ireland. It's finished in sherry casks, which give it some qualities reminiscent of a scotch whisky, and make it an interesting expression in the Bushmills line. Black Bush is also a favorite among critics, and …
  • Irish Whiskey, Pimm's No. 1, Green Chartreuse, Earl Grey Syrup, Hopped Grapefruit Bitters
    The King Is Dead is a St. Patrick's Day cocktail concocted by Brock Schulte, bartender at The Reiger in Kansas City, MO. The recipe features Irish whiskey, Pimm's No. 1, Green Chartreuse, Earl Grey syrup, and some Bittermens hopped grapefruit bitters, all topped off with a small, edible flower for garnish.The King Is Dead seems to be a bit on the English sid…
  • Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
    Redbreast 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey is a single pot still Irish whiskey, meaning that it is distilled using only a pot still and no column distillates. It's regarded by many critics and fans as one of the standout Irish whiskeys in the world, and an excellent example of the style against which others can be judged. And coming in at just about $50 per bottle,…
  • Irish whiskey, ginger beer, lime juice
    The Irish Mule cocktail is a simple Moscow Mule variation, made with Irish whiskey as the base spirit instead of the traditional vodka. It's similar in character to the Kentucky Mule, with its slightly sweet, malty whiskey (depending on the brand you use, of course), but this one's a little more at home on St. Patrick's Day.When it comes to the Irish Mu…
  • Blended Irish Whiskey
    Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old Special Reserve is one of the older offerings in Tullamore Dew's line of Irish whiskeys, and that extra maturity has made it a favorite among critics and consumers alike. Aged in bourbon and sherry casks for 12-15 years, it's a spicy, nutty, and woody whiskey with notes of chocolate and citrus at the forefront as it moves along the …
  • Stout, Champagne
    The Black Velvet cocktail is a favorite of St. Patrick's Day revelers everywhere, as it takes a classic Guinness stout (you can use any, but that's the most popular) and adds a celebratory dose of champagne or sparkling wine to make it feel festive. It's bubbly, satisfying, and sure to be a hit with folks who are tired of just drinking beer with green food c…
  • Single Grain Irish Whiskey
    Kilbeggan 8 Year Old Single Grain is an interesting Irish whiskey because it is made with 100% corn instead of the typical barley, which is where it gets its moniker as "single grain." It's a newer product from Kilbeggan, and was apparently re-branded from the Greenore label by its owners, Beam-Suntory. It's light, with notes of honey, vanilla, and oak, and …
  • Gin, Green Chartreuse, Maraschino Liqueur, Lime Juice
    The Last Word is a recent obsession of many cocktail enthusiasts. Originally served in the Detroit Athletic Club during the early 1920s, the drink has experienced a modern renaissance after being rediscovered by Murray Stenson of the famed Seattle Zig Zag Cafe. The cocktail is delightfully piquant and aromatic, sweet enough for the newcomer yet sharp enough …

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