St Patricks Day Drinks:  Combine Two Irish Pastimes for a Memorable Irish Occasion!

Dreaming up new St Patricks Day drinks is part of the fun as you prepare for our favorite Irish holiday.  Many people think about Irish beer, especially green beer, as March 17 draws near. Delicious! ... but not very creative.

St Patricks Day Drinks. Toasting mugs!

Here are several legitimate St Patricks Day drink ideas that are a bit more original.  If they inspire you to know more about Irish food and drink, please visit our main Irish food section here...

Meanwhile, let's have a look at some tasty St Patricks Day drinks!

St Patricks Day Drink #1:  The Brotherhood

St. Patrick’s Day is associated with the lifting of Lenten restrictions. This means that drinking and all kinds of culinary temptations are now back in business.

Which opens the door to alcohol-based drinks. Here is the recipe for a traditional cocktail involving Irish whiskey!

Although the Brotherhood is anything but green, it is still traditionally Irish and very common for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

The Brotherhood: Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz of Michael Collins Blended Irish Whiskey
  • 0.75 oz of Grand Marnier
  • .75 oz of lemon juice
  • .75 oz of Benedictine

The Brotherhood:  Preparation

  1. Fill a shaker with ice and add the ingredients.
  2. Shake it well.
  3. Strain the cocktail in a coupe glass.
  4. You can use a lemon peel to decorate the rim of the glass.

St Patricks Day Drink #2:  Everybody's Irish Cocktail

I've said it before - in my humble opinion we all have an Irish side.  So it just makes sense to introduce you to Everybody's Irish Cocktail.

This one is again based on Irish whiskey but the green crème de menthe gives it a color appropriate to the occasion.

Here is what you will need to make Everybody's Irish Cocktail:

Everybody's Irish Cocktail: Ingredients

  • 2 oz of Michael Collins blended Irish whiskey
  • 1 oz of crème de menthe
  • 1 oz of Chartreuse (preferably green)
  • A cocktail olive or some mint for garnish

Everybody's Irish Cocktail:  Preparation

  1. Place some ice cubes in a shaker and pour the ingredients inside.
  2. Shake thoroughly and strain the cocktail into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Add the olive garnish - or you can substitute some refreshing mint leaves. Some people may prefer maraschino cherries because the olive is a bit unusual for the whiskey-menthe combination.

St Patricks Day Drink #3:  Irish Flag Shooter

If you want to go all patriotic and you enjoy shooters, you can certainly give the Irish Flag Shooter a try.

The shooter is layered. and as you have probably already guessed, the colors of the layers are the colors of the Irish flag.

You will have to master your technique to make the different ingredients float on top of each other.  This will take a bit of practice - but hey, it's pretty fun practice!

Irish Flag Shooter:  Ingredients

  • One part green crème de menthe
  • One part Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • One part Grand Marnier orange liqueur

Irish Flag Shooter:  Preparation

  1. The green layer needs to go on the bottom of the shooter glass. Pour the crème de menthe in first.
  2. Gently pour the Bailey’s in so that it floats on top of the green layer. You can use the back of the spoon to control the pour.
  3. The final layer will be the golden Grand Marnier.

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