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St. Patrick's Day Cocktail Recipes

Luck O' The Irish in Drinks


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 you must, here is a green beer recipe. Though, if you want to drink beer like the Irish, a pint of Guinness will do.

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!

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Everybody's Irish

Everybody's Irish Cocktail
Photo Courtesy: © Shannon Graham

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.

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Giant's Gate Cocktail

Giants' Gate Cocktail
Photo Courtesy: © Massimo La Rocca

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.

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Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee Cocktail
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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.

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Irish Gold

Irish Gold Cocktail -  Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
Photo Courtesy of: © Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey

Forget all the green this St. Patrick's Day, go with the gold. This simple highball mixed drink pairs the fruit flavors of orange and peach with a great Irish whiskey and it's all brought together with semi-sweet ginger ale.

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Irish Eyes

Irish Eyes Cocktail
Photo Courtesy: © Shannon Graham

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.

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Irish Martini

Irish Martini with Lemon Twist
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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.

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Irish Tea Party

Jameson Irish Tea Party Cocktail
Photo Courtesy: © Jameson Irish Whiskey

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.

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Jameson and Ginger

Jameson and Ginger Cocktail - Jameson Irish Whiskey
Photo Courtesy of: © Jameson Irish Whiskey

Simple and timely, this drink takes the Irish side of the classic Whiskey Highball. The twist of using Jameson instead of a rye, bourbon or Canadian whiskey is nice and very simple.

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Leprechaun Leap

Leprechaun Leap Cocktail
Photo Courtesy: © Star Hodgson

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.

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Hornitos Shamrocker Cocktail
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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.

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