Far too many pubs serve the typical St. Patrick’s Day cocktail specials including Irish Coffee, Boilermakers, or Irish Car Bombs.

Here are four ideas that get away from those drinks and the tired stand-bys of green beer and Guinness. For more cocktail recipes to help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day check out our Irish Spirits hub here.

Milk Punch

Although most folks associate New Orleans with the French, not the Irish, the city is typically American in having its own rich Irish heritage. Inside the Irish Cultural Museum, the St. Patrick’s Coffee House serves its Margaret’s Milk Punch exclusively on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s named for Margaret Haugherty, a mid-19th Century Irishwoman who was both an orphan and then a widow, but endured to become a wealthy businesswoman, and who set up a dairy specifically to supply orphans with free milk.

Margaret’s Milk Punch, cocktail on irish art table

Margaret’s Milk Punch

Margaret’s Milk Punch

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. whole milk
  • 1/2 oz. heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 oz. Irish whiskey (preferably Bourbon barrel conditioned)
  • 1/2 oz. light brown Louisiana sugar cane simple syrup
  • Vanilla
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Cinnamon stick (for garnish)

Preparation: Fill 10 oz. glass with ice, then add the ingredients and stir. Then garnish with cinnamon stick.


Spiked Tea

A love of tea is pretty much universal, not just in Britain, but Ireland too. Moreover, mid-March is still a pretty chilly time of year for most people, so bar manager Hilary Mathiau of Sturbridge Brewery in Sturbridge, Massachusetts has built on hot chai for her St. Paddy’s cocktail. “It’s a perfect soothing, relaxing drink on a cold winter evening,” says Hilary.

Spiked Vanilla Chai, cocktail with garnish

Spiked Vanilla Chai

Spiked Vanilla Chai

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Irish Whisky
  • 1 oz.  Bailey’s
  • 1/2 oz. Crème De Cocoa
  • Warmed vanilla chai tea
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Anise

Preparation: Build in the glass, top with whipped cream, and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon, cinnamon stick, and anise.


Beer Cocktails

Being in Massachusetts, Mathiau of Sturbridge Brewery has more than the average amount of call for Irish-based and –themed drinks, so she also developed Tasha’s Twisted Tail, which calls on those two Irish pub drinking staples: whiskey and stout.

Tasha's Twisted Tail

Tasha’s Twisted Tail

Tasha’s Twisted Tail

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Irish whiskey
  • 1 oz. RumChata
  • 6 oz. Rapscallion Coffee Stout
  • Cream
  • Anise

Preparation: Build in glass, stir, garnish with cream and anise and serve.


Barrel-Aged Classic Riff

Finally, you can’t go wrong by reaching for Jameson and putting a riff on a not-Irish classic. Given that the regular Jameson is so familiar, though, one way to take the riff to the next level is to choose one of the many premium Jameson expressions. This version of the Old Fashioned relies on Jameson Black Barrel, a whiskey (a major bang-for-your-buck bottle). Compared to regular Jameson, it has a larger proportion of pot still whiskey in the blend, and it is aged in (the namesake) double-charred ex-bourbon barrels.

Black Barrel Old Fashioned, cocktail with garnish, dark grey background

Black Barrel Old Fashioned

Black Barrel Old Fashioned

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey
  • 1/4 oz. Benedictine liqueur
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Orange slice

Preparation: Fill a glass with ice. Add the whiskey, Benedictine and bitters. Stir until mixed and chilled. Strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with orange slice.