Can you really celebrate this holiday without having something to cheers with? We didn’t think so! Browse the following list for the best St. Patrick’s Day cocktails to make the day extra special. Many of these recipes can also be altered to be alcohol-free, so everyone can join the party!
Lucky Charms Shots (via Delish)
Turn a box of childhood nostalgia into a “magically delicious” St. Patty’s day treat! For this particular recipe, we recommend that you make a batch for your friends and use the extra lucky charms for festive rice krispies squares!
To make this drink, pour half a cup of lucky charms into a cup of milk and let it sit for a few minutes to infuse the milk with the lucky charms. Next, strain out the cereal and add your desired amount of Bailey’s to the cereal milk. Then, dip the rims of your shot glasses into vanilla icing and roll the rims in a crushed lucky charms and sprinkles mixture. Fill each shot glass with the Bailey’s-infused milk and serve.
Golden Irish Mule (via Lovely Indeed)
All that glitters is gold with this festive holiday drink! With an Irish twist on the typical Mule, this cocktail is one that can be enjoyed year-round… but especially on St. Patrick’s day.
For this recipe, you will need 2 oz of Irish whiskey, 4-5 oz of ginger beer, one lime, and edible gold leaf or gold edible glitter.
To begin, make a fresh tray of ice and add a sprinkle of edible glitter or gold leaf to the ice cubes. Once frozen, place the golden ice cubes in your favourite glass. Pour the Irish whiskey over ice, and add your desired amount of ginger beer. Finish this drink with the juice of half a lime, stir and serve!
Pro Tip: Use a four leaf clover shaped silicone tray for your ice cubes!
Sparkling Elderflower Gin Cocktail (via Aberdeen’s Kitchen)
This simple, elegant cocktail is the perfect option for a sophisticated St. Patty’s soirée. So light some candles, put on your favourite record and unwind after a day filled with parades and parties!
For this recipe, you will need 1 1⁄2 oz of gin, 2 teaspoons of elderflower liqueur, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, Champagne or Prosecco for topping, a sprig of rosemary and a thin lemon slice for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, gin, lemon juice and elderflower liqueur. Once shaken, pour the mixture into a glass and top it off with a splash of champagne. Add your rosemary and a thin slice of lemon, and serve.
Shamrock Sour (via Pizza Zzerie)
This twist on a whiskey sour is the epitome of a St. Patrick’s day cocktail!
To make this drink, you will need 2 oz of Irish whiskey, 2 tablespoons of lime juice, 1⁄2 tablespoon of lemon juice, 4 tablespoons of simple syrup (though you could also use 2), 1 drop of food coloring, lime wedge/wheel for the rim.
Combine the whiskey, simple syrup, lemon, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker and shake well. Pour over ice, garnish with a lime wedge or wheel and serve!
You can’t really celebrate St. Patrick’s day without this classic. To make this at home, grab your favourite pint of beer and add your desired amount of green food colouring. It’s that easy.
Baileys Irish Coffee (via Baileys)
This warm and soothing drink is the perfect way to wrap up your St. Patty’s day festivities. It’s also a great way to stay caffeinated and fuelled through the night!
This recipe calls for 2 oz of Baileys Original Irish Cream, 6 oz of hot coffee, 1 oz of Irish whiskey, and a dollop of whipped cream (optional). Combine the Baileys, coffee and whiskey in a tall Irish Coffee glass. Top with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg.
Drowning the Shamrock: Irish Whiskey or Beer
This is a step that cannot be skipped. Drowning the Shamrock is an age-old custom that takes place at the end of the St. Patrick’s day celebrations. At this time, a shamrock is placed in the last glass of whiskey. After the drink is done, the plant is tossed over the left shoulder. This can also be done with beer. This practice is said to bring good luck!
By: Briahna McTigue