St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and soon the streets will run green with beer and the hordes of people drinking it. But there is a better way. Namely, to drink better drinks, like these St. Patrick’s Day cocktails sporting Irish whiskeys, Irish creams, Guinness and absolutely zero green beer.

So see below for nine St. Patrick’s Day drink recipes, and try making some at home whether you’re hosting a party or just barring yourself inside and calmly riding out the storm. Another idea: ignore all of this and break open a bottle of Irish whiskey. You can’t go wrong, provided you do one of those two things.

layover in ireland cocktail

by Shawn Chen, RedFarm and Decoy, NYC

1 oz Tyrconnell Irish Whiskey
.25 oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
.5 oz Amaro Montenegro
1 oz Hot Brewed La Colombe Coffee
.5 oz Five Spice Syrup
1 oz Heavy Cream

Build drink in a coffee glass. Pour in five spice syrup, Domaine de Canton, Amaro Montenegro, Tyrconnell Irish Whiskey, coffee and top with heavy cream. Garnish with grated cinnamon and star anise.

Absolut Clever Clover


1.5 oz Absolut Original
.5 oz Celery Juice
.5 oz Suze
.5 oz Lime Juice
.75 oz Clover Honey Syrup
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until cold, then strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a lime wheel and celery leaves.

Jailbreak cocktail, Dead Rabbit NYC

Photo: Peter Schneider

by Jack McGarry of The Dead Rabbit

1.5 oz Knappogue 12 Year Single Malt
.75 oz Old Forester Bourbon
.5 oz Creme de Banana
.75 oz Buttermilk
.75 oz Rich Maple & Pecan Syrup
4 Dashes Angostura Bitters

Add all ingredients to a mixing tin, add ice, shake and strain into a nog glass over crushed ice. Garnish with freshly-grated nutmeg.

st patrick's day cocktails

by Jesse Vida, Blacktail, NYC

1 oz Green Spot Irish Whiskey
1 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz fennel root syrup
1/2 oz Earl Grey tea infused Laphroaig Scotch
1/4 oz Dolin Blanc
1/4 oz Dry Vermouth
2 dashes Chocolate Mole bitters
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
1 egg white

Shake all ingredients without ice to emulsify the egg. The nshake again with ice. Strain into a sour glass, express lemon peel and garnish.

Luck o' The Irish cocktail


2 oz Redbreast
1 oz Guinness
.75 oz simple syrup
.75 oz lemon juice
.5 oz apple juice

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.

luck of laphroaig drink

by Tyson Buhler (NYC)

1.5 oz Laphroaig Select
.25 oz sarsaparilla syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Combine ingredients in a rocks glass with ice, and stir. Garnish with an orange twist.

The Smoky Aye cocktail

by Kate Bolton

.75 oz Baileys Original Irish Cream
.75 oz Irish whiskey
.25 oz Campari
1.75 oz fresh brewed coffee
1.5 oz zested orange crème*

To prepare *zested orange crème, combine 1 oz heavy cream, .5 oz simple syrup and 2 large orange zests in a chilled cocktail shaker. Shake well into whipped cream consistency. Set aside. Add Irish whiskey, Campari and coffee into a footed coffee mug and stir. Pour in Baileys Original Irish Cream. Top with that zested orange crème, and garnish with grated orange zest.

The Dude's Breakfast cocktail

by Michael Lay

1 oz Baileys Original Irish Cream
1 oz Cîroc Vodka
3 oz Cold Brew Coffee
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, then strain contents into a double rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with fresh grated nutmeg.

paddy in chicago waldorf astoria cocktail

by the Waldorf Astoria Chicago

1.5 oz Michael Collins Irish Whiskey
1 oz Koval Bourbon
.25 oz demerara syrup
4 dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters
2 dashes Chocolate Bitters

Build in a mixing glass. Add ice and stir for 30 seconds. Pour into a rocks glass with big one large ice cube and garnish with an orange swath.

This post originally ran on March 16, 2016 and was updated to include new drinks on March 16, 2017.

Written by Kevin Gray

1 Comment

  1. Cigar Inspector · March 20, 2016

    Gave The Smokey Aye a try and loved it! Thanks for sharing these!

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