Irish Drink Recipes: Hot Or Cold A Great Way to Express Your Irish Side!

Let's lift our glasses to delicious Irish drink recipes!  You don’t have to wait for a special occasion: some are perfect for the end of a busy day, a party for two or simply a quiet night at home.

Many contain Irish cream, which is sumptuous as a dessert drink or the perfect topper for your coffee. Others contain an Irish favorite, Guinness Stout, a rich dark brew whose name makes you think immediately of Ireland.

Irish drink recipes.  Two types on brown background.

Irish Drink Recipe #1:  Frozen Irish Coffee

For the hot version of this classic concoction, visit our Irish Coffee article.  For a delicious cold variation, read on!


  • ¼ C Kahlua (coffee liqueur)
  • 2 C Vanilla Ice Cream
  • ¼ C milk
  • ¼ C Bailey’s Irish Cream


1. Pour all ingredients into a blender. Blend until well mixed and frothy.

2. Pour into glasses and serve Irish Cream Coffee

Irish Drink Recipe #2: Guinness Cola (Trojan Horse)

Guinness cola, also known as the Trojan Horse, is a popular summer drink throughout most of the UK. It’s a great party drink, since the addition of the cola cuts the cost of the drink dramatically and doubles the distance for a bottle of stout.

This recipe makes two individual drinks


  • 1-pint Guinness
  • 1-pint cola


1. Pour a half bottle each of Guinness into two, one-pint beer mugs

2. Top with a half pint of cola in each mug and enjoy!

Irish Drink Recipe #3: Guinness Float

If you go looking, you’ll find all types of recipes for a Guinness float.  Some of them require tons of ingredients. To us, simple is usually best,. and it tastes just as delicious.

Make sure you have very tall glasses when making the Guinness float.


  • 1 bottle Guinness Stout
  • 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream Directions


1. Put the scoops of ice cream into a tall glass.

2. Add the Guinness a bit at a time, allowing the head to go down before adding more.

3. Enjoy your Guinness Float!

Irish Drink Recipe #4:  Blarney Stone Cocktail

A refreshing Irish cocktail with an iconic name.  One of our favorites!


  • ½ tsp triple sec
  • ½ tsp anis liqueur
  • ¼ tsp maraschino liqueur
  • 2 oz Jameson, Green Spot, Connemara Peated Single Malt or other good Irish whiskey
  • 1 olive
  • 1 twist orange peel
  • Crushed Ice


1. Put all the ingredients except the olive and twist into a shaker.

2. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.

3. Add the twist and the olive.

Irish Drink Recipe #5: Guinness Punch

This is another good Guinness stretcher, which is great for a party.

By blending only part of the recipe at a time, you won’t overfill the blender and have to clean the area after you pulse it.


  • 2 cups evaporated milk
  • 2 cups Guinness
  • 1 ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 drops Aromatic bitters
  • 2 pinches each of nutmeg and cinnamon


1. Mix all ingredients in a large pitcher except the ice.

2. Add ½ C of ice to blender.

3. Pour ¼ mixture into blender and pulse.  Carefully!

Serving Suggestions for Irish Drinks

When making Frozen Irish coffee or Irish cream coffee; you can create a beautiful presentation by putting chocolate curls (shavings) or sprinkling instant coffee on the top of the ice cream.

You don’t have to add the sugar in the Irish Cream Coffee. If you like your coffee black, it makes it a bit too sweet. Adding more Irish Cream is also quite acceptable.

When making the Irish Cream coffee, try Merrys instead of Baileys, particularly if you’re on a budget. I’ve found it’s an excellent substitute that some people like better, but costs quite a bit less than my favorite Bailey’s does.

I use either one, but since Merrys is a bit thicker, I like it better in mixed drinks.

The best time to serve Guinness Cola is on a hot day, as long as the beer and the cola are icy cold.

Hungry for More?

Sharing Irish food is one of our favorite ways to enjoy an Irish experience, wherever in the world we happen to be!  

The flavors of an Irish meal, and the stories that come along with many Irish recipes, gives us a sense of connection with the Emerald Isle.

Want Even More?

Thanks for visiting Irish Drink Recipes!  I hope you will find one of these helpful as you plan your next Irish dinner, birthday, wedding, or St Patricks Day party.

With that in mind, you may want to check out our Irish recipes page, for many more ideas on how to use food to express your Irish side.

And however you decide to express your Irish side, be sure to continue feeding your appetite for Irish culture and traditions, and sharing your love of Ireland with your friends at!



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