There’s more to St. Patrick’s Day than drinking green beer; the Emerald Isle put whiskey on the map. Not drinking Irish whiskey on St. Patrick’s Day is a crime unto itself. Even if you’re not a big whiskey drinker, we have found 5 delicious recipes that we know you’ll love and that can be adapted to all taste buds. We’ve even thrown in a fruit punch bowl that’ll have your guests talking with the gift of the gab long into the night! Get into the spirit, and celebrate your Irish pride with this St. Patrick’s Day Drink Round-Up.
Irish BlondAnother modern classic, Dale DeGroff’s Irish Blond is one of the best ways to enjoy a great Irish whiskey. Photo Credit: Photo Courtesy: Shannon Graham
Dale DeGroff’s Irish Blond is a fine addition to St. Patrick’s Day. It begins with Michael Collins for the whiskey and adds curacao and sherry with orange bitters. A simple, delightful mix that brings some style into the holiday.
- 1 1/2 ounces Anejo rum
- 1/2 ounce orange curacao
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
- 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
- 2 ounces ginger beer
- Lime wheel for garnish
- Orange slice for garnish
- Build the rum, curacao, lime juice and bitters in a highball glass filled with ice.
- Top with ginger beer.
- Garnish with the orange and lime.
Irish CoffeeThe original Irish Coffee requires just two extra ingredients and is a great way to kick off St. Patrick’s Day. Photo Credit: Steve Allen / Stockbyte / Getty Images
No St. Patrick’s Day would be set without a morning wake up call. Irish Coffee is more than just adding whiskey to coffee; to get the true flavor explosion, add brown sugar and whipped cream for a decadent dessert or breakfast of champs.
- 4 ounces strong, rich hot coffee
- 1 1/2 ounce Irish whiskey
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 ounce lightly whipped double cream
- Pour the sugar then coffee into a warm Irish coffee glass, mug, or other heat-proof glass.
- Stir until dissolved.
- Add the Irish whiskey and stir again.
- Float the cream on top by pouring it over the back of a spoon.
- Do not stir again, instead, drink the coffee through the cream.
Irish GoldMake a few easy additions to Irish whiskey and ginger ale and you have a delicious, fruity highball called the Irish Gold. Photo Credit: Photo Courtesy: © Shannon Graham
If you’re looking for the lighter side of Irish whiskey, the Irish Gold is your calling. This is an easy cocktail that is big on flavor; start off with a Tullamore Dew base, and add peach snaps, OJ, and top it off with ginger ale.
- 2 parts Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
- 2 parts ginger ale
- 1/2 part peach schnapps
- Splash of orange juice
- Lime wheel for garnish
- Build the whiskey, schnapps and juice in a collins glass filled with ice.
- Top with ginger ale.
- Garnish with a lime wheel.
Irish MartiniThe Irish Martini is a perfectly easy way to enjoy your Vodka Martini on St. Patrick’s Day. Photo Credit: Steve Brown Photography / Photolibrary / Getty Images
Switch up your Vodka Martini this St. Patrick’s Day with a delicious Irish twist. What better way to shake things up than to treat your Martini to a splash of Irish whiskey. This upgrades the Martini to a fiery favorite. Finish by serving in a classic Martini glass.
- 2 ouncesVodka
- 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
- 1/2 ounce Irish whiskey
- Lemon twist for garnish
- Pour the Irish whiskey into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Swirl around the glass in order to coat the inside and dump the excess whiskey.
- Pour the vodka and dry vermouth into a cocktail shaker half-filled with cracked ice.
- Shake well.
- Strain into the rinsed glass.
- Garnish with the lemon twist.
Irish FarmhouseA fun cocktail that pairs Irish whiskey and orange marmalade, the Irish Farmhouse is a drink you’ll want to try. Photo Credit: Photo Courtesy: © Sweet Hospitality Group
The Irish Farmhouse mixes your favorite whiskey (Irish, of course) with a fruity mix of cassis and both orange marmalade and juice. Add a dash of cinnamon, bitters, and two sodas to really add some sparkle. Serve in a large punch bowl for get together’s.
- 2 ounces Irish whiskey
- 1/2 ounce creme de cassis
- 2 Tablespoons orange marmalade
- 1 ounce fresh orange juice
- Dash cinnamon
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
- Ginger ale
- Pour the first 6 ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
- Shake well (until marmalade is dissolved).
- Double strain into a chilled highball glass filled with fresh ice.
- Top with half ginger ale and half seltzer.
Let us know what you think about this St. Patrick’s Day Drink Roundup in the comments below!