St Patrick’s Day is often thought of as a drinking holiday, even though corned beef is worthy of celebration in and of itself. This year, instead of just throwing back a pint of beer, mix up one of these delicious cocktails and raise a toast to the luck of the Irish!
- Homemade Irish Cream – Irish cream liqueur is so delicious that it doesn’t need to be concealed in a cocktail, though adding a generous splash of it to your coffee is never a bad idea. The homemade liqueur starts with Irish whiskey and is easy to make. A freshly made bottle makes a wonderful gift for friends, and a fantastic addition to your home bar.
- The Last Word – This classic gin cocktail isn’t as green as some drinks, but it has an appealing green hue from the herbal green chartreuse that goes into it. It has a delicious blend of citrus, cherry, herbs and licorice for a cocktail that is both complex and refreshing.
- Green Tomato Bloody Mary – Bloody Marys are usually reserved for Sunday brunches, but you might want to make an exception (or have brunch for dinner) with this green variation on the classic. It’s made using green tomatoes and cucumber and other green ingredients, which give it plenty of spice and a lovely green hue.
- Irish Sour– (pictured) This fruity tiki drink uses Irish whiskey, not rum, as a base. This gives the cocktail subtle notes of spice and vanilla that blend surprisingly well with the juicy citrus flavors in the drink. It may not been green, but this is a great way to showcase some Irish spirits.
- Irish Breakfast – Irish breakfast is well known as a flavorful black tea, but this tea-infused cocktail elevates that simple tea to a whole new level by combining it with Irish whiskey and a squeeze of lemon. Like the tea, feel free to serve this drink with a side of buttery shortbread, because it will go just as well.
- Fever Pitch – This cachaca-based cocktail would be good any day of the year, but its green coloring makes it a particularly good option on St Patrick’s Day. The sweet and savory drink uses fresh basil, lime and pineapple juice, as well as green chartreuse for a deep, but surprisingly invigorating, flavor.
- Guinness Ice Cream Float – Turing a bottle of chocolaty stout beer into an ice cream float just might be the most delicious way I’ve seen to serve it. This drink may not be a cocktail in the strictest sense, but it is going to turn anyone who drinks one into a Guinness fan, at least for one night!
- Grasshoppers – These creamy cocktails are like dessert in a glass. They taste like mint chocolate chip ice cream and pack a surprising punch because they are so easy to drink. Don’t forget to use green creme de menthe to give the drinks their signature color. Top them with shaved chocolate or serve them with a slice of chocolate cake for the perfect ending to a St. Patrick’s Day feast.