The St. Patrick’s Day holiday has a rich history in Irish culture, but let’s face: it’s now basically an excuse to paint stuff green, make green stuff and drink lots of green beer. We have your back on that last one, and we also have a variety of green cocktails for those of you who feel there’s a limit on how much green beer one can enjoy.
11 St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails
- Honeydew Martini. A beautiful shade of green, and so simple, it’s sure to agree with most everybody: vodka, midori and triple sec.
- Emerald Rain. The green color comes not from Midori (gasp!), but from Hpnotiq mixed with orange juice. Very pretty and very drinkable!
- Gold Emerald Shooter. It’s green and it’s got “emerald” in the name, so this drink makes a great choice. The flavor is a little unusual (Midori and Goldschlager), so it may not be a hit with everyone. But give it a try – it’s really good!
- Jade. There are two quite different recipes called the Jade cocktail. The link has both of them – the second would be more your traditional emerald green cocktail, but the first makes a beautiful lighter green, so pick whichever recipe sounds tastier to you.
- Caribbean Mist. Okay, so it doesn’t sound very Irish. Doesn’t taste it, either – it’s kind of like a margarita mellowed by coconut and melon. But it’s a very nice shade of green, and it tastes fantastic – and once again, that’s pretty much what this holiday is all about. Just tell people it’s a Leprechaun Mist or something.
- Chocolate Leprechaun. This one’s definitely more St. Patrick’s Day in theme, but it looks like chocolate milk. Still, it’s delicious and lots of fun – and you could always add some food coloring (see the above linked green beer article for suggestions on getting the color just right).
- Disgruntled Elf. Again, the name isn’t quite right, so tell people it’s a Disgruntled Leprechaun (are you seeing a pattern here? If your drink’s name doesn’t sound Irish enough, just replace a word with “leprechaun” – works every time!). Other than the name, this one is a fantastic choice for parties because it’s got everything: loads of white liquors, sour apple mix and lemon-lime soda. Come on, that’s a party in a glass!
- Irish Car Bomb. This is Bailey’s and Jameson’s dropped dramatically into a glass of Guinness. You can’t beat it for Irishness. The flavor is… well, you know, not everyone loves Guinness, but definitely worth checking out.
- Green Dragon. This is a gorgeous green drink that mixes some really unusual flavor combinations: anise, mint and gin, to name a few. It’s better than it sounds, and definitely memorable.
- Margaritas. There are plenty of green margaritas to choose from, and you can’t go wrong with this old classic.
- Jolly Ranchers Vodka in Sour Apple. This is a fun, quick and easy infusion to make, and it comes out bright green and tastes just like the candy.