Forget about green beer and fighting the rowdy crowds on St. Patrick’s Day.
If you’d rather stay in and celebrate with a delicious cocktail, we’ve got you covered. These six St. Patrick’s Day cocktails are made with some of our favorite Irish whiskies and easy to make at home. Sláinte!
Even if you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in frigid temperatures, this tall cooler will bring a taste of the tropics to the party. Created by the bar team at rooftop restaurant and bar VASO in Dublin, Ohio, this festive cocktail mimics the bold colors of the Irish flag.
- 2 oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey
- 1 oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice
- .75 oz. Orgeat
- .5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
- .25 oz. Green Chartreuse
- 3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters (to Top)
- Mint Sprig (for Garnish)
Preparation: Add the first five ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and double strain over five ice cubes into a Collins glass. Top with crushed ice and Peychaud’s Bitters. Garnish with a mint sprig.
St. Kevin Sling
Bartender Ezra Starr, whom you can find behind the stick at Boston’s Drink, created this riff on the classic MacKinnon cocktail using Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey, which is aged in both bourbon barrels and Montilla sherry casks. The refreshing Highball is a satisfying, mellow sipper with notes of honey and orange.
- 1.5 oz. Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey
- .5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
- .5 oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
- .25 oz. Grenadine
- 2.5 oz. Soda Water
- 2 dashes Orange Bitters (to Top)
- Lemon Twist (for Garnish)
Preparation: Build the first five ingredients in a Highball glass filled with ice and stir. Top with orange bitters. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Nick Fogel, beverage director at The Late Late Bar & Spirit Grocer in New York City, created this floral cocktail with Conor McGregor’s Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey. His signature lavender syrup is easy to make, so you can mix this impressive sparkling creation at home.
- 1 oz. Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
- .75 oz. Lillet Blanc
- .75 oz. Lavender Syrup*
- Sparkling Wine (to Top)
- Loose Cooking Lavender (for Rim)
Preparation: Add whiskey, Lillet Blanc, and lavender syrup to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a coupe glass rimmed with loose lavender. Top with sparkling wine.
- 2 cups Water
- 2 cups White Sugar
- 3 Lemon Twists
- 3 tsp. Loose Cooking Lavender
Preparation: Combine ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes. Allow to cool and then strain into a clean glass bottle.
Bishop of Slane
This rich, bittersweet libation from Max Green of Blue Quarter and Amor y Amargo is perfect for any time of day, especially if you’re starting your St. Paddy’s Day celebration before lunchtime. A flamed orange peel adds a beautiful, citrusy touch, but always exercise caution when you’re incorporating fire into your cocktail hour.
- 1.5 oz. Slane Irish Whiskey
- .75 oz. Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
- .75 oz. Cynar
- 2 dashes AZ Bitters Lab Figgy Pudding Bitters or Chocolate Bitters
- Flamed Orange Peel (for Garnish)
Preparation: Add all ingredients to a mixing glass; add ice and stir. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a flamed orange peel.
Joaquín Simó of NYC’s Pouring Ribbons created this Old Fashioned variation to warm your bones on chilly days. “A dozen years of oak aging gives Knappogue Castle 12 Year baking spices galore to layer atop hints of chocolate, maple, and candied citrus peels,” he says.
- 2 oz. Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey
- 1 tsp. Grade B Maple Syrup
- 1 tsp. Tempus Fugit Crème de Cacao
- 1 tsp. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
- 1 dash Angostura Bitters
- swath of Orange Peel (for Garnish)
Preparation: Add all liquid ingredients to a rocks glass with a large ice ball. Stir until chilled. Express a swath of orange peel over the drink and drop it in to garnish.
San Diego’s colorful El Chingon is known for its excellent cocktails and wide variety of agave spirits. Here, tequila is mixed with Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey for a funky twist on the Margarita that is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.
- 1 oz. Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey
- 1 oz. el Jimador Tequila
- .5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
- 1 oz. Cointreau
- 4 dashes R&D House Bitters
- Tajín Seasoning (for Rim)
- Lime Wedge (for Garnish)
Preparation: Run a lime wedge along the edge of a rocks glass and rim it in Tajín seasoning. Add all liquid ingredients to a shaker tin with ice. Shake and strain into the rimmed rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with lime wedge.