The Irish Flag drink is a layered shooter cocktail featuring Irish Cream, green creme de menthe and Licor 43. This combination mimics the colors of the Irish flag – green, orange and white.
This shot is, of course, a very fun choice for St. Patrick’s Day. But it’s lovely for any day – sweet and delicious, perfect as a dessert substitute. If you’re intimidated by the thought of trying to pour a layered drink like this, check out our tutorial on layering cocktails.
It’s not as hard as you think. You can do it with just a spoon, or you might want some cocktail pourers if your bottles are very full.
Now, I’m partial to Carolan’s Irish cream, and I buy it in the big jugs. It has a stronger caramel note than some other brands (ahem), which may or may not appeal to you. You can use whatever brand you like in this cocktail. Baileys Irish cream will look more white, thereby looking more like the Irish flag.
If you drink this as it’s served, with the layers intact, you actually taste it in layers – first the Irish cream, then the Licor 43, then the creme de menthe. But if you dare to stir it before drinking, even though that makes it less pretty, the taste is far more amazing. The dominant note is vanilla-caramel, and the mint gets lost entirely, except as this wonderful sharp edge that’s refreshing but hard to identify.
This little shooter makes a wonderful alternative to the B-52, which has caramel, orange and coffee notes. The Irish Flag feels a little bit lighter, more refreshing – definitely still a candy drink, but with flavors that are a little less rich.