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.

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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

LucanoCup (1)
(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


(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!

Classy Cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day