The best St. Patrick's Day cocktail recipes

It is a time to celebrate and enjoy your heritage. Wear green, have a drink, and enjoy one of these St. Patrick's Day cocktails.

St. Patrick's Day is a holiday where people wear green, celebrate and drink – often heavily. In Ireland, the holiday remained modest and religiously anchored until the middle of the 20th century. It wasn't until the 1960s that it became the boisterous celebration in Ireland that it is today. To keep the tradition going, here are the best St. Patrick's Day cocktail recipes.

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There's no better St. Patrick's Day drink than a Boilermaker. It was originally called Sean O'Farrell and was founded in Montana in the 1890s. When served as a beer, the drink is often simply referred to as a shot and beer.


  • 1 ounce whiskey (usually bourbon or rye)
  • 8th ounces Beer


  • Pour the whiskey into a shot glass

  • Half fill a pint glass with beer.

  • Drop the shot glass into the beer.

  • Drink

Irish car bomb

A variation of the Boilermaker with a somewhat dark history. It came to the stage in 1979 at Wilson's Saloon in Connecticut by Charles Burke Cronin Oat. Originally created as a mixed shot drink called “Grandfather” combining Baileys Irish Cream and Kahlúa. On St. Patrick's Day in March 1977, he added Jameson Irish Whiskey to the drink and called this drink “The IRA”. In 1979, Oat spontaneously dropped this shot into a partially drunken Guinness and dubbed the result the “Belfast Carbomb” or “Irish Carbomb.” And history was made.

It's rarely a good idea to drink, but the Irish shot is an exception as it benefits from quick consumption. This is because if you let the Irish cream sit for more than a few seconds, it will react with the sour beer and start to curdle. And no one wants sour cream in their drink.


  • 1/2 ounce Irish whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce Bailey's Irish Cream
  • Guinness beer


  • Place the Baileys and whiskey in a shot glass and pour slowly to create a layering effect.

  • Pour the shot into a pint glass half to three-quarters full of Guinness. Drink immediately.

Vodka Stinger

While it's not a traditional St. Patrick's Day cocktail, it does have a new green color and is based on the popular vodka. Ink was created in 1890 and is a stinger Made with brandy, crème de menthe and sugar syrup. It is first mentioned in William Schmidt's 1892 cocktail book The flowing bowl. It immediately became popular in New York society and spread throughout the country. A “vodka stinger,” also called a white spider, uses vodka instead of brandy.

  • ½ ounce white crème de menthe (green if you want the Irish version)


  • Fill a shaker with ice cubes
  • Add all ingredients, vodka and crème de menthe
  • Give the shaker a good swirl
  • Strain your cocktail mixture into a glass

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Green beer

The Chicago River is green today and green is the color of celebration today! So, how to make green beer – well, it's not hard. According to legend, Dr. Thomas Curtin created the green beer we drink today. Dr. Thomas Curtin, a forensic pathologist and eye surgeon, first dyed beer in 1914 for a St. Patrick's Day party at the Schnerer Club of Morrisania in the Bronx. It's been popular ever since and the green doesn't change the taste.


  • 12 ounces bright color Beer like Pilsner and Witzbier
  • 1 fall Green food coloring


  • Find a clear beer class
  • Add the food coloring to the bottom of the jar
  • Pour in beer
  • Toast your friends

May you have all the happiness and happiness that life can provide

And at the end of all your rainbows

May you find a pot of gold.

May the roof over your head always be strong

May you be in heaven half an hour before the devil realizes you're dead!

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