The Best Cocktails to Sip on St. Patrick's Day

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The Best Cocktails for St. Patrick's DayDavid Cotsworth

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Whether you're dedicated to your Irish heritage or a corned beef sandwich is as close to you get to Gaelic pride, there's no denying that St. Patrick's Day is certain to be a fun day of celebration. Over the years, in addition to shamrocks and leprechauns, the holiday has become synonymous with some rather technicolor beverages—and it's not the better for it. Fortunately, there is a better way to get festive on March 17—simply mix up one of these St. Patrick's Day cocktails. From tipples featuring Irish whiskey to sips where the green is far more than food coloring-deep, these are the best cocktails to toast sláinte to.

Irish Whiskey Maid


2 oz Jameson Black Barrel Whiskey
1 oz fresh lime juice
.75 oz simple syrup
3 slices Japanese cucumber, muddled
2 fresh mint leaves and cucumber slice for garnish


In a shaker glass, combine whiskey, lime juice, simple syrup and cucumbers and muddle together. Add ice and shake vigorously. Fine strain into a rocks glass over a large ice block. Garnish with fresh cucumber and mint sprig through the middle.

From Selanne Steak Tavern in Laguna Beach

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Green Mary


1 oz Ketel One Family-Made Vodka
3.5 oz freshly juiced, equal parts of celery and cucumber
.5 oz freshly squeezed lime
1 pinch each of rock salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and dried chili flakes


Add all ingredients to the glass, stir well, add ice. Garnish with a salted cucumber slice

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Gaelic Grasshopper


1.5 oz Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur
1 oz Teeling Irish whiskey
.5 oz Creme de Cacao
.5 oz Brancamenta


Shake lightly and strain over crushed ice. Garnish with mint and shaved chocolate.

By Pam Wiznitzer at Seamstress in New York City.

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Saint Casa


1.5 oz Casamigos Añejo
.5 oz Crème de Mure
.25 oz agave nectar
Top off with Guinness Beer


Combine all ingredients into tin shaker except Guinness. Add ice. Shake vigorously for 8–10 seconds. Fine strain into coupe glass. Top off with Guinness. Garnish with 2 fresh blackberries through skewer with edible green & gold glitter over on top.

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Sláinte! Margarita


2 oz YaVe Tequila Jalapeno
.5 oz triple sec
1 oz lime juice
.75 oz green juice
.5 oz simple syrup


Coat the rims of your glasses in salt and lime zest. Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice. As a finishing touch garnish with a lime wedge and clovers.

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Irish Negroni


1 part Red Bush Irish Whiskey
1 part herbal aperitif (such as Campari)
1 part sweet red vermouth
Orange peel


Combine ingredients in a rocks glass. Add ice and stir until combined.

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Kale Cocktail


1 oz kale juice
1.5 oz tequila blanco
.5 oz cucumber juice
.75 oz ginger beer
.25 oz simple syrup
.5 oz fresh lemon juice


Mix all ingredients in a shaker tin, add ice and shake. Double strain over fresh ice. Garnish with Bolivian pink salt

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Emerald Elixir


2 slices of cucumber
5 basil leaves
8 mint leaves
1.5 oz Absolut citron
.75 oz St Germain/Elderflower liqueur
.75 oz lemon juice
.5 oz sugar syrup


Muddle cucumber, basil, and mint in a shaker tin. Add other ingredients with ice, shake hard, and double strain.

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Isle & Anchor


1.5 oz Knappogue Castle 14-Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
.75 oz lemon juice
.5 oz cinnamon syrup*
.25 oz Apricot liqueur
2 oz organic apple juice
4 dashes Angostura Bitters


Build in a cocktail shaker, whip shake briefly with a handful of pebble ice, and strain into a rocks glass

*Cinnamon syrup: Combine 2 cups sugar with 1 cup hot water and stir well to dissolve. Let this sit overnight with 4 cinnamon sticks. Strain and seal in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator.

By Meaghan Dorman at Raines Law Room and Dear Irving, NYC

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The Garden Negroni


1.25 oz Tarquins Gin
.75 oz Absenteroux Vermouth
.5 oz Luxardo Bitter Bianco
.25 oz Seedlip Garden
Dash of Monin Matcha syrup


Stir together all ingredients with ice.

From The Goring in London.

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County Clare Cooler


2 oz Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
.75 oz unfiltered apple cider
.75 oz lemon juice
.5 oz wildflower honey syrup (2 parts honey: 1 part water)
.25 oz benedictine
1 oz ginger beer


Add ginger beer to bottom of rocks glass. Combine remaining ingredients in a shaker tin over ice, shake, and strain into glass.

By Joaquín Simó of Pouring Ribbons

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1.5 oz Midori Liqueur
1 oz. Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
.5 oz Irish Crème


Shake and strain over ice into a double old fashioned glass. Top with homemade whipped cream and fresh mint garnish.

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Basil Martini


3-5 fresh basil leaves
2.5 oz vodka
.5 oz lime juice
1 tsp sugar
1.5 oz sweet-and-sour mix


In a shaker tin, muddle basil leaves. Add all other ingredients and ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass.

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MacNamara Rose


2 oz Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
.75 oz Lillet Rosé
.5 oz Aperol
2 slices cucumber
1 pinch Kosher salt


Muddle cucumber lightly in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add all other ingredients and ice. Stir and double-strain into a cocktail glass.

by Joaquín Simó, Pouring Ribbons

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Kilbeggan Irish Coffee


1.5 oz Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
1 oz hot coffee
.75 tsp brown sugar
Whipped cream


Combine all ingredients in a heat proof mug and top with whipped cream.

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Drambuie Green Street


1.5 oz Drambuie
1 spicy ginger teabag
3 oz cucumber juice
.5 oz lemon juice
Sweetener to taste


Infuse one tea bag in up to.5 cup of Drambuie for 1 hour. Remove bag squeezing out excess. Combine all ingredients in a tin and shake. Double strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

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