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. For even more drinks, crafts and recipes, check out our St. Patrick’s Day Fun Pinterest board.
13 St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails
- Shamrock Juice. Green in color, with a delicious orange flavor.
- Honeydew Martini. A beautiful shade of green, and so simple, it’s sure to agree with most everybody: vodka, midori and triple sec.
- Or if you don’t love Midori that much, try the Honeydew-Ginger Martini. Midori with Domaine De Canton Ginger Liqueur, lemon juice, vodka and bitters.
- Emerald Rain. The green color comes not from Midori (gasp!), but from Hpnotiq mixed with orange juice. Very pretty and very drinkable!
- Irish Flag. The colors of the Irish flag in a layered shooter featuring green creme de menthe, Licor 43 and Irish cream.
- The Grasshopper. This lovely old mint and chocolate classic is a beautiful shade of green.
- 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!
- Irish Coffee. Hot, strong coffee with Irish whiskey and/or Irish cream, topped with whipped cream.
- Emerald Isle. Gin gets a touch of green creme de menthe meets and three dashes of Angostura bitters.
- Irish Hammer. Need a shooter on your holiday party menu? Try this one, with Jack Daniel’s, Irish Mist and Bailey’s.
- Evergreen. This may seem like a strange choice, other than the color. Tequila meets Midori and green creme de menthe, along with some white grapefruit juice and pineapple juice.
- 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.
- 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).
- Irish Cola. Another non-green one, this cocktail blends Jameson’s Irish whiskey with Bailey’s and cola.
- 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.
- Jolly Ranchers Vodka in Sour Apple. This is a fun, quick and easy infusion to make (12-24 hours), and it comes out bright green and tastes just like the candy.
- Vodka (or Rum) Gummy Bears with just the green bears. This takes a few days to make, so be sure to leave yourself enough time.
- Skittles Vodka with just the green (lime) Skittles. This one takes 3-4 days at most to make, and the result is an opaque bright green drink that’s almost pure vodka. You can also do it with white rum.