Classy Cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day

Because green beer is not your only option.

Let the fun begin! (Photo: Getty)

Let the fun begin! (Photo: Getty)

On St. Patrick’s Day, both the Irish and the Irish at heart celebrate, clad in green and drink in hand.

In fact, the parades and other festivities honoring the famed patron saint would be only half-lived without the liquid fun. But while free-flowing green is so much a St. Patty’s day staple that dyed water gushes out of the White House fountain and down the Chicago river, green beer is not your only option.

Cocktails can be St. Patrick’s Day-themed too. They can be Irish-inspired or contain Irish ingredients, and they can be green, but they don’t have to be. Delicious is the only requirement.

St. Patricks Day Surprise.

(Photo: G’Vine Gin)

St. Patrick’s Surprise

Served over ice in a high ball glass:

1 oz G’Vine Floraison gin
.5 oz blue curacao liqueur
.25 oz white creme de cacao liqueur
1.5 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice

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(Photo: Amaro Lucano)

To make the “Guinness head” foam: combine 1 egg white and .25 oz white creme de cacao, charge with NO2 in a whipped-cream canister, let chill for one hour and then top the cocktail.

 

The Lucano Cup O’ Gold

Served over ice in a low ball glass:

1.5 oz Amaro Lucano
2 oz green apple juice
2 oz ginger ale
Garnish with a sprig of mint and slices of cucumber, lemon and orange

 

shamrock spritz

(Photo: Belvedere)

 

Shamrock Spritz

Served over ice in a high ball glass:

.5 oz Belvedere Wild Berry vodka
3.5 oz Fever Tree lemonade
Garnish with a lemon wheel and blueberries

 

(Photo: Belvedere)

(Photo: Belvedere)

 

 

 

Leprechaun Crush

Served over crushed ice in a low ball glass:

2 oz Belvedere Wild Berry Vodka
3 bar spoons vanilla golden sugar
1 small lime
2 strawberries
5 blueberries
Muddle the fruit with the golden sugar then add the Belvedere and top with more crushed ice.

 

The Black Opal. (Photo: Lucano Amaro Italian Liqueur)

(Photo: Lucano Amaro Italian Liqueur)

The Black Opal by Jacques Bezuidenhout

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled wine glass:

1.5 oz Partida Reposado
1.5 oz Guinness Draft
.5 oz Tawny Port
.25 oz Agave Nectar (Cut with equal parts water)
Dash of Angostura Bitters
Garnish with cinnimon

 

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(Photo: Ancho Reyes)

 

 

Irish Margarita

Served over ice in a high ball glass:

1.5 oz Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
1 oz Montelobos Mezcal
.5 oz Milagro tequila
.5 oz fresh lime juice
.5 oz Cointreau
Garnish with lime wedge and fresh mint leaves

(Photo: Dobel

(Photo: Maestro Dobel)

 

 

Pot Of Gold

Shaken and served in a coup glass:

2 oz Maestro Dobel Reposado Tequila
3/4 oz clover honey syrup
3/4 oz fresh Lemon Juice
.5 oz vanilla liqueur
Garnish with nutmeg

 

 

(Photo: Amarula Cream Liqueur)

(Photo: Amarula Cream Liqueur)

And if it’s just not St. Patrick’s day to you without the shots and bomb drinks, here are a few alternatives to the classics:

Amarula Springbox Shooter

In a shot glass:

.5 oz Amarula cream liqueur
.5 oz peppermint liqueur
After pouring peppermint liqueur, pour amarula onto a spoon held against the side of the shot glass to float it on top.

(Photo: Smirnoff).

(Photo: Smirnoff).

 

Irish Goodbye

.75 oz shot of Smirnoff Kissed Caramel vodka
8 oz glass of hard apple cider

Drop shot into cider, drink together and hold on to your shamrocks!