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St. Patrick’s Day: 15 Irish Themed Cocktails You Can Make in Minutes

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St. Patrick’s Day: 15 Irish Themed Cocktails You Can Make in Minutes

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It’s that time of year again – time to don the green garb and celebrate our collective love of all things Irish. St. Patrick’s Day is a worldwide party and you don’t even have to be Irish to get involved. As a responsible adult, all you really need is a love of Irish culture and leprechaun hats and a penchant for Irish alcohol. But just so you know who exactly it is you’ll be toasting, here’s a bit of a back story:

Saint Patrick was born around 385AD, just south of Hadrian’s Wall, with the birth name Maewyn Succat (he gained the name Patrick when he became a bishop). As a teen he was nabbed by pirates and taken to Ireland where he was enslaved and put to work as a herdsman. During this time he grew to love Ireland and, after escaping from his captures six years later, vowed to return.

Back at home, Patrick became a Christian priest and returned to Ireland, spending the next 30 years travelling around the country to establish schools and churches. He was appointed as Bishop of Ireland and died of natural causes on March 17, 461 AD. He is buried in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland.

If you’re going to be joining in the March 17 celebrations in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, here are 15 Irish-themed cocktails that will make sure you do it in style.

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Black Velvet

The creation of a bartender at the prestigious Brooks’s Club in London, the Black Velvet was concocted in 1861 as a drink to mourn the death of Prince Albert. The addition of Guinness to champagne symbolises black armbands worn by mourners. Today, of course, the cocktail is consumed on more joyous occasions.  

What you need:

½ flute champagne

½ flute Guinness draught

What you need to do:

Slowly pour the Guinness into a champagne flute. Carefully top up the glass with champagne. The Guinness should rise to the top, creating a frothy head, while the body of the cocktail has a strong, dark colour.

The Bitter Irishman

Sour, spicy and bitter in equal measure, the Bitter Irishman is the creation of Elana Lepowski of StirAndStrain.com, celebrating the best of two cultures: Irish and Italian; and two Saints: St. Patrick and St. Joseph.

What you need:

30ml Irish whiskey, such as Bushmills 10

30ml Amaro liqueur

1 tsp demerara syrup

1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 Maraschino cherry to garnish

What you need to do:

First you’ll need to make the demerara syrup by combining 200ml of water and 200ml demerara sugar. Put a small pan over medium heat and pour in the ingredients. Stir regularly until the sugar has dissolved. Leave the syrup to cool before adding it to your cocktail. You’ll only need one teaspoon for this recipe, but the syrup will keep for up to five days if refrigerated in a sealed container.

Pour the whiskey, Amaro, syrup and lemon juice into a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, top with the cherry and serve.

Golden Tales

A creation of the good folks at Guinness’s Dublin Brewery, the addition of maple syrup foam to the Golden Tales cocktail brings out the sweet, chocolate notes in the Guinness. A right treat!

What you need:

25ml Crown Royal Whisky

75ml Guinness Golden Ale

½ tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice

½ tsp maple syrup

Maple syrup foam for topping

1 small caramel wafer to garnish

For maple syrup foam

100ml maple syrup

180ml cold water

½ tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

6 tsp caster sugar

2 sachets egg white

What you need to do:

For cocktail

Pour the whisky, lemon juice and maple syrup into a jam jar. Fill the jar with ice cubes and pour over the Guinness. Top with maple syrup foam and garnish with a caramel wafer.

For maple syrup foam

Charge a 500ml whipping syphon with two N20 canisters. Pour in the maple syrup and water. Add the lemon juice, egg whites and caster sugar and shake vigorously. Refrigerate for one hour before using.

Dizzy Leprechaun

Low on calories and big on fun, the Dizzy Leprechaun is a refreshing tipple that’s perfect for March 17 parties.

What you need:

45ml Irish whiskey

20ml Scotch whisky

20ml lemon juice

20ml ginger ale

1 slice of lime to garnish

What you need to do:

Pour the ingredients into a shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with a slick of lime and serve.

Guinness Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary is an incredibly versatile cocktail that was originally used as an antidote for rabies. It’s also thought to be a good hangover cure, which might be worth bearing in mind for March 18! There are countless variations, the finest of which is a hot topic best debated over a Guinness Bloody Mary!

What you need:

150ml tomato juice

60ml Guinness draught

50ml vodka

1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 dashes of hot sauce

2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce

2 pinches of salt

2 pinches of pepper

Seafood seasoning

Lime wedge for garnishing

Celery stick for garnishing

What you need to do:

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour all of the ingredients (expect the Guinness) into the shaker and shake gently. Fill a glass with ice and strain in the cocktail. Pour over the Guinness draught and garnish with lime and celery.

Guinness has a slightly different method for creating the Bloody Mary, albeit with the same results:

Sparkling Shamrock

If you want to enjoy the St. Patrick’s celebrations without waking up the next morning full of regret over the insane number of calories consumed in one session, make the low-calorie Sparkling Shamrock mojito your tipple of choice.

What you need:

60ml lemon and lime soda (i.e. Sprite)

45ml vodka

30ml apple juice

1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice

Dash elderflower syrup

1 slide of cucumber to garnish

What you need to do:

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and drain into a tall glass with ice. Garnish with a slice of cucumber and serve.

Clover Margarita

A fresh take on a traditional margarita, this herbal cocktail has a potent kick and a natural green colour that’s fitting of the celebration.

What you need:

60ml tequila

20ml lime juice

20ml simple syrup

6 mint leaves

4 slices of cucumber

What you need to do:

Put the mint leaves and cucumber into a shaker and crush with a muddler. Add the remaining ingredients and fill the shaker with ice. Shake until ice cold and strain into rocks glass. Rim the glass with salt and serve.

Irish Coffee

As it’s St. Patrick’s Day you can replace your regular coffee with this Guinness and rum flavoured cocktail. This recipe from the guys at bar.com will ensure you stay the course on March 17 – providing you don’t overdo it!

What you need:

50ml Guinness Foreign Extra Stout

25ml Captain Morgan Original rum

25ml espresso-flavoured vodka

15ml dark Crème de Cacao liqueur

3 chocolate-coated coffee beans to garnish

What you need to do:

Pour all of the ingredients (except the coffee beans) into a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Add the coffee beans to garnish and serve.

Guinness Black Russian

A Black Russian with the addition of Guinness – what’s not to like?

What you need:

100ml Guinness

100ml cola

25ml coffee liqueur

25ml vodka

1 wedge of lime to garnish (optional)

What you need to do:

Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour over the ingredients and stir gently until combined. Garnish with lime and serve.

The Emerald

Swap out rye or bourbon whiskey for Irish whiskey and turn a Manhattan into an Emerald – a drink that’s perfect for Irish-themed merriment.

What you need:

60ml Irish whiskey

30ml sweet vermouth

2 dashes orange bitters

Orange peel to garnish

What you need to do:

Pour the ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Stir well for around 30 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange peel and serve.

Irish Redhead

Sweet and bubbly with a bit of fire in the belly, never has a cocktail been more aptly named!

What you need:

90ml Jameson Irish Whiskey

180ml lemon and lime soda

30ml grenadine

1 tsp lime juice

1 tsp lemon juice

2 lemon slices, 2 lime slices and 1 cherry to garnish

What you need to do:

Pour the whiskey, grenadine, lime juice and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker and mix well for 30 seconds. Pour the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice. Pour in the lemon and lime soda and stir well. Add the fruit to garnish and serve.

Dubliner

Similar to the Emerald, the Dubliner is one for the more sophisticated of St. Patrick’s Day socialisers.

What you need:

60ml Irish whiskey

15ml Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge

15ml vermouth

1 dash orange bitters

1 maraschino cherry to garnish

What you need to do:

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in all of the ingredients. Stir well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the cherry and serve.

Paddy’s Girl

Combining Irish whiskey with Irish cream, chocolate liqueur and espresso – we don’t know who Paddy’s Girl is, but she certainly knows how to knock up a mean cocktail! Heads up: you’ll need a blender for this one.

What you need:

120ml Irish whiskey

120ml Irish cream

120ml chocolate liqueur

120ml chilled espresso

Grated chocolate to garnish

What you need to do:

Fill a blender with ice. Pour in the ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into a chilled margarita glass, sprinkle on grated chocolate and serve.

Irish Whiskey Highball

If it’s a quick drink with a good kick that you’re after, cocktail recipes don’t come any simpler than the Irish Whiskey Highball.

What you need:

60ml Irish whiskey

180ml ginger ale

Twist of lemon to garnish

What you need to do:

Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Pour in the whiskey and ginger ale. Stir well. Garnish with lemon twist and serve.

Tipperary Cocktail

There are a few versions of the Tipperary, all of which of are befitting of the picturesque town in Southern Ireland. Our favourite is Hugo Ensslin’s smooth, herbal recipe, taken from his 1917 book, Recipes for Mixed Drinks.

What you need:

60ml Irish whiskey

20ml sweet vermouth

15ml Chartreuse Green

Twist of lemon to garnish

What you need to do:

Pour the ingredients into a chilled mixing glass. Add ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with lemon twist and serve. 

It’s that time of year again – time to don the green garb and celebrate our collective love of all things Irish. St. Patrick’s Day is a worldwide party and you don’t even have to be Irish to get involved.If you’re going to be joining in the March 17 celebrations in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, here are 15 Irish-themed cocktails that will make sure you do it in style.