Here are over 17 of the best St. Patrick's Day drinks for any wearing o' the green celebration! You'll find everything from how to make green beer to Jameson cocktails and green jello shots that'll help you party all day and into the night.
Be sure to read the tips at the end for some great ideas. Find more St. Paddy's Day recipe ideas here.
These recipes are meant for people over the age of 21. Please drink responsibly.
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Beer is fine but if that's not your thing there's plenty of Irish whiskey
cocktails and green drinks for those of us who prefer them.
Easy emerald green margarita will charm the wariest leprechaun with its gold sugar rim and touch of lime. Sweet, tropical flavor - but don't let it fool you. Made with tequila and Irish whisky means it packs a punch! This popular cocktail was even featured in Good Housekeeping.
Lucky Charms Martini
This magically easy and delicious Lucky Charms Martini is garnished with a crushed cereal rim and a sprinkle of lucky clover marshmallows.
The Hammered Hulk cocktail is perfect for the superhero in your life. Coconut rum, Midori, and Blue Curacao come together in a vividly green mixed drink that's delicious. Make it into a shot and call it a tipsy leprechaun.
The sweet and sour combination in this Midori Sour cocktail will tantalize your taste buds. This 4 ingredient drink is sure to please, everyone always asks for the recipe!
Green Apple Jolly Rancher Cocktail
Green apple jolly rancher cocktails are fantastic anytime you’d like a grownup but still fun cocktail.
This Irish Redhead is a sparkly whiskey cocktail that's light and refreshing. It's a simple mixture of Sprite, Jameson whiskey, and citrus - here I used blood oranges to add a little drama but you can use lemons or limes.
Key Lime Pie Margarita
If you love the puckery sweet flavor of the pie you'll be obsessed with this creamy key lime pie margarita. It's a little different that your usual St. Paddy's Day drink but the flavor is so delicious I couldn't resist.
This sweet and creamy Grasshopper cocktail is a delicious way to celebrate! It's so pretty to make - a delicious after-dinner drink.
Bailey's White Russian
This decadent Baileys White Russian Cocktail is the perfect after-dinner drink. Easy to make, creamy, and delicious it's like having your dessert in a glass!
Shots & shooters
Whiskey shots can be as fancy or as plain as you like. The trick is to not scrimp on the quality of the whiskey because with so few ingredients the flavor will make a huge difference.
IRA Whiskey Shot
This beautiful IRA whiskey shooter is made of layers of Kahlua, Bailey's Irish Cream, and Irish whiskey.
Shamrock Shake Shooters
Made with vanilla ice cream, Irish Whiskey, mint flavoring and tinted green, these Shamrock Shooters are a delicious way to celebrate your Irish! Make a batch without the whiskey and serve as shakes for the kids.
These creamy Jameson whiskey shots goes down smooth and sweet! It's super easy with just two ingredients and the melty chocolate rims add to the decadence.
Green Jello Shots
If you're having a St. Patrick's Day get together, these green jello shots will be the hit of the party!
Pistachio Pudding Shots
For a fun Irish cream drink, try it in a pistachio pudding shot. A unique and delicious way to celebrate March 17th!
You've gotta love Irish coffee! Unlike other St. Patrick's Day drinks it's acceptable to drink any time of day! Be sure the cup or glass you are using is able to withstand the heat from the coffee - I shattered one in my hand once pouring hot coffee into it.
To keep your Irish coffee hot longer be sure to add boiling water to the cup and let it sit a minute before pouring it out and adding your coffee.
This Irish Coffee is made with Bailey's and spiced rum that gives the classic cocktail a little extra flavor boost.
Slow Cooker Irish Cream Coffee
This Slow Cooker Irish Cream coffee features coffee, Irish cream, cocoa powder and cream for a heavenly hot drink that is perfect for a larger gathering!
How to make...
It's fun to make your own versions of these St. Paddy's Day favorites! Plus you'll save money.
How to Make Green Beer
The perfect festive Green Beer to enjoy for St. Paddy's Day! Tips and tricks to make it perfect every time.
Homemade Bailey's Irish Cream
Homemade Baileys Irish Cream is so easy to make at home! Perfect for adding to your coffee, desserts and cocktails. There’s only a few ingredients and comes together in about 5 minutes.
Homemade Creme de Menthe
Make your own homemade creme de menthe with fresh mint leaves for a decadent addition to all of your St. Patrick's Day drinks. Add this smooth minty liquor to a variety of cocktail and shot recipes for a minty kick.
Have questions about St. Patrick's Day drinks? If you can't find your answer here leave a comment and I'll try to find the answer for you.
Guinness. Guinness is a dark stout with a strong, sharp flavor. It's been around since the mid 1700s.
Irish coffee for sure! Other possibilities are cocktails made with Irish whiskey or Irish cream. And of course, green beer!
Rub a thin layer of corn syrup around the rim of the glass then immediately roll it in the sugar, sprinkles, or whatever. For rims that aren't sweet use a thin layer of raw egg white and roll in salt crytals or pretzel crumbs.
Expert Tips: If you'll be making different shots and cocktails I'd suggest Jameson Irish whiskey over anything else. (They're not paying me to say this) The flavor is strong enough to come through but not overpowering.
- Use gold or green sugar crystals to rim glasses with.
- If you're making Irish coffee tint the whipped cream a light green.
- When making layered shots make sure the shot glasses are very cold and use a cold spoon during layering.
- For good luck you're supposed to drop a clover in your beer or Irish whiskey, drink it all up, then for good luck, throw the clover over your left shoulder while toasting the saint. After 2020 I figure we can use all the luck we can get.
A few of my favorites
Here are a few of my favorites from this collection!