Thursday, March 11, 2010

St Patrick’s Day Cocktails

Well St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to think about how you’re going to celebrate and most importantly what are you going to be drinking?

Now some people just think that St Patrick’s Day means Guinness, but we know that it is a great opportunity to drink a range of different St Patrick’s Day Cocktails or St Patrick’s Day Shots.

A new cocktail (to me anyway) that I was told about recently was The Ugly Leprechaun. Now I haven’t tried this yet, but the recipe came into my inbox and I thought I would share it with you.

1.5 oz Vodka
0.5 oz Irish Whiskey
0.5 oz Melon Liqueur
0.25 oz fresh lime juice
0.5 oz simple syrup
2 oz Kiwi puree

Now to make this ‘interesting’ sounding cocktail you simply place all of the ingredients into a shaker with ice, shake well and then strain into a cocktail glass. This cocktail certainly sounds great – I’ll let you know after I’ve sampled it.

If the Ugly Leprechaun doesn't sound like your type of cocktail then let's have a look at a few more.

One Ireland

With a name like One Ireland this cocktail has to be at the top of the list. It uses creme de menthe to add the green element and Irish Whiskey for the Celtic twist.
One Ireland
4 parts Irish whiskey
1 part green creme de menthe
small scoop vanilla ice cream
Put all of the ingredients into a blender, blend until smooth then serve in a Martini glass.

Baby Guinness

I love drinking Baileys any day of the year, but it seems almost compulsory to drink it on St Patrick's Day. Baileys combines the cream from Irish cows fed on the luscious green, green grass of Eire and Irish whiskey - what better tribute to Ireland is there?
A delicious Baileys shot is the Baby Guinness, made with Baileys Irish Cream and named after another Irish icon, this has got to be on your list of St Patrick's Day cocktails.
Baby Guinness
¾ shot Kahlua
¼ shot Baileys
Fill a shot glass ¾ way full with Kahlua and then gently layer the Baileys on top.
and here's one I prepared earlier!

Black Velvet

It is compulsory in our house for my husband to have a pint of Guinness on St Patricks Day. He toasts an Irish friend of his every year, despite the fact that we haven’t seen him for over 15 years. Although he drinks it neat there are some delicious and some not quite as delicious Guinness cocktails. A classic Guinness cocktail is the Black Velvet.
Black Velvet
1 part Guinness
2 parts Champagne
Pour Guinness into a chilled Champagne flute. Next add the Champagne carefully - it should not mix with the Guinness, and serve.


With a name like Tipperary it’s already made the list, add to the fact that it’s made with Irish whiskey and we have our fourth member of our St Patrick’s Day Cocktail list.
2 parts. Irish whiskey
1 part. sweet vermouth
Green Chartreuse
Rinse a chilled cocktail glass with green Chartreuse and pour out the excess. Stir whiskey and vermouth with ice, and strain into the coated glass.

Irish Flag Shooter

Over the years some cocktails have become synonymous with St Patrick's Day and one of these cocktails is actually a shooter - the Irish Flag Shooter. A rather acquired taste, but the shooter looks great bearing the colors of the Irish flag.
Irish Flag Shooter
1 part crème de menthe
1 part Baileys
1 part Grand Marnier
Pour the crème de menthe into a shot glass first, float the Baileys on the top, let settle and then float the Grand Marnier on top.

More St Patrick's Day Cocktails to Enjoy

Irish Cow

You'll need a mug instead of a cocktail glass for this St Patricks Day drink. Containing Irish whiskey and warm milk it's guaranteed to warm you up!
Irish Cow
2 oz. Irish Whisky
8 oz. Hot milk
Dash sugar
Pour the milk into a coffee mug. Add the whisky and sugar and stir well.


I always think of this cocktail as the Irish version of Englands G&T!
2 oz Irish Whiskey
Tonic Water
Lemon Twist
Put some ice into a collins glass and pour the Whiskey in, top up with tonic water. Give the drink a gentle stir and pop in the lemon twist.

Paddy's Girl

"I wish I was Paddy's Girl...." (sung to the tune of Jessie's Girl).
This cocktail not only has an Irish monicker, but it is absolutely D E L I C I O U S ! What else would you expect when you take Baileys, Kahlua and coffee???
Paddy's Girl
1 shot of Irish Whiskey
1 shot of Baileys Irish cream
1 shot of Kahlua
1 shot of espresso
Pour all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Next pour into a margarita glass and top with chocolate shavings to serve.

The Fruity Irishman

Now this cockail sounds a little strange, but trust with me it will be a hit. Why serve it on St Patrick's Day? It has Irishman in the title; it contains Baileys & it is green - definately worthy on our list of St Patrick's Day Cocktails.
The Fruity Irishman
2 Parts Baileys Irish Cream
1 Part Midori
Simply pour over ice and enjoy - too easy!

Irish Eyes

Irish Eyes is an absolutely classic St Patrick's Day Cocktail and one that could not be left off the list...........there's nothing else to say.
Irish Eyes
1 oz Irish whiskey
¼ oz Crème de menthe, green
2 oz cream
Maraschino cherry for garnish
Pour the ingredients into a shaker along with ice and shake well. Strain into an old-fashioned glass to serve and garnish with the maraschino cherry.

I have written other posts on cocktails that are perfect for St Paddy's Day so be sure to check them out - Green St Patrick's Day Cocktails, Guinness Cocktails and Bailey's Cocktails.

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