St. Patrick’s Day cocktails

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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.

St. Patrick's Day Drinks

11 St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

  1. Honeydew Martini. A beautiful shade of green, and so simple, it’s sure to agree with most everybody: vodka, midori and triple sec.
  2. Emerald Rain. The green color comes not from Midori (gasp!), but from Hpnotiq mixed with orange juice. Very pretty and very drinkable!
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Margaritas. There are plenty of green margaritas to choose from, and you can’t go wrong with this old classic.
  11. 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.

 

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