Celebrating St. Patrick's Day is a great tradition and an excellent excuse to party in the middle of March. Even those without a drop of Irish blood can be Irish for a day! Among the best ways to celebrate is with a great drink.
If beer isn't your thing, you might try one these cocktails and shooters (page 2) as a toast to the Irish. Many of the drinks are green thanks to liqueurs like crème de menthe, Chartreuse, and Midori while others feature the best spirits of Ireland, namely Irish whiskey, Irish cream liqueur, and Irish Mist.
Erin Go Braugh!
Everybody is Irish, at least on St. Patty's Day. This delicious whiskey cocktail blends smooth Irish whiskey with the minty flavor of crème de menthe liqueur and the herbs of Chartreuse. The recipe does call for an olive for the garnish, but if you're not hip to this idea and how it accents the crème de menthe, use a fresh sprig of mint instead.
Giant's Gate Cocktail
This unique cocktail created by Max La Rocca mixes an older Irish whiskey from Bushmills with egg, lime, and cardamom pods. The glass is rinsed with Guinness Stout and the cocktail is garnished with Irish whiskey-soaked raisins. It does not get much more Irish than that.
Nothing says Ireland than a piping hot glass of Irish Coffee. This traditional sipper, complete with its signature crown of whipped cream, is perfect for casual St. Patrick's Day parties or as a after dinner of Irish Stew or Shepherd's Pie.
Irish whiskey is the base spirit for this creamy lowball that is similar to the vodka based White Russian. The crème de menthe adds just a hint of mint and gives the finished drink it's light green color. Now that you've got the cocktail, here's the song When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.
What would St. Patrick's Day be without some good Irish whiskey? For Martini enthusiasts, the coating of Irish Whiskey in the cocktail glass will add just enough of the Irish celebration without straying too far from your normal choice of cocktail.
Irish Tea Party
Drinking this may be unlike any tea party you have ever attended, but it would make an excellent addition to one. This Irish Tea Party combines Jameson Irish whiskey with chilled green tea, but the twist is the absinthe rinse you give your glass before you do anything else.
Jameson and Ginger
The Leprechaun Leap is a delicate and impressive cocktail that will appeal to a wide variety of tastes. This green concoction is made of vodka, ginger liqueur, kiwi, egg, and lemon and this tasty treat is one that you won't forget and is well worth the bit of work to make it.
For a distinct change of pace, the Shamrocker may be just the thing. This sophisticated and simple tequila cocktail appeals to both the eyes and the taste buds with its glowing green, fruity mixture.