St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, and perhaps you want to save a little bit of money by throwing a party or celebrating at home this year. No problem! Avoid crowded bars and getting elbowed in the ribs by making your own Irish-themed drinks.
If you want something fancier than just a glass of Guinness or Magners Cider, then you’ve come to the right place. I’ve compiled a list of cocktails you can concoct yourself! Caution: Not all of these drinks are authentic Irish. Some of them are just green, and therefore fall under the category of appropriate St. Paddy’s Day drinks.
And remember, you can always experiment for yourself. When I was in Dublin, I asked the bartender for a “fruity” drink, and he gave me a glass of whiskey with cranberry juice. So really, anything goes, especially if you’ve got whiskey on hand.
Happy (Responsible) Drinking! It’s very Irish to hold your alcohol. It’s not very Irish to upchuck all over your Cousin Eddy’s new loafers.
1. The Irish Car Bomb
Recipe on Liquor.com
Dunk a shotglass full of whiskey and Baileys into your glass of Guinness, and get your dose of Irish liquor all in one delicious drink!
2. Pot O Gold
Recipe on Celebrations.com
You don’t have to catch a leprechaun this St. Patrick’s Day to get your gold at the end of the rainbow. All you need is some ginger ale, whiskey, sugar, and orange – and you’re sure to find your treasure.
3. Irish Coffee
Recipe on Chow.com
Time to wake up and smell the Irish Coffee. You’ll need whiskey, brown sugar, and whipped cream. And, of course, coffee.
4. Irish Flag
Recipe on Agfg.com.au
Never forget what the Irish flag looks like again. Equal parts green crème de menthe, Irish cream liqueur, and Grand Marnier.
5. Tea Toddy
Recipe on Tasteofhome.com
If we’re going to have a coffee drink, there certainly has to be a recipe for tea, as it is an equally important beverage across the pond. Get really Irish and slip some cream liqueur and whiskey into your Earl Grey.
6. Green Beer
Recipe on Organicauthority.com
The link provided here is to make your beer green through natural means. However, you could always use a drop or two of green food coloring.
7. Irish Black Russian Recipe
Recipe on Foodviva.com
Oh yes, the nationalities are mixing now. This is an Irish spin on a Black Russian. It takes vodka, Kahlua, Coca-Cola and Guinness. That’s right, mix your Coke and your beer, and go where few Americans have gone before.
8. The Spicy Leprechaun
Recipe on DailyNoff.com
Jazz up your cocktail with Fireball, Creme de Menthe, and Red Hots. Spicy!