While we may imagine green beer and lots of Irish whiskey on St. Patrick’s Day, there’s so many creative ways to celebrate.
Get in the spirit of the occasion this St. Patrick’s Day with these cocktails destined to summon the luck of the Irish.
Cucumber Irish Maid
At The Yellow Pony Pub & Garden in Ocala, Florida, this cocktail is made with Jameson Orange, St. Germain, and lemon juice that is finished with refreshing cucumber. “The Yellow Pony’s Cucumber Irish Maid is a classic Irish cocktail with a Florida twist. Our version features the new Jameson Orange, which is balanced with the addition of fresh cucumber, making it the perfect cocktail to enjoy at our upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Block Party,” said Jeremy Gow, Hotel Director of Food and Beverage.
At Grill 23 in Boston, this cocktail is made with Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, Amaro Nonino, Fever Tree Ginger Beer, Angostura, and lime served in a high ball with ice and a lemon rind as garnish. “The Belfast Mule is a great twist on a Moscow Mule as the vodka is replaced with Irish Whiskey. It still has the ginger beer and citrus flavors but also a little amaro and Angostura to give it another kick,” said Hugo Bensimon, Beverage Manager of Grill 23.
The Spicy Leprechaun
At Deviation Distilling in Denver, Colorado, this gin-focused drink is made bright green by muddling arugula, jalapeno and mint, followed by a squeeze of orange and topped with soda water. “For those that want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a drink a little more elevated than green beer, but equally as festive, the Spicy Leprechaun certainly makes heads turn,” said Deviation Distilling co-owner Cindi Wiley.
At The Gray Mare in New York City, this drink is made with Lost Irish whiskey, fresh lemon juice, ginger-infused syrup, shaken with ice then strained into an ice-filled rocks glass and garnished with a lemon peel. Conor Hynes, general manager of The Gray Mare: “Because of my Irish roots, I’m always excited to find a new Irish whiskey to play with for Paddy’s Day. I was recently introduced to Lost Irish whiskey and to me, it was a taste of home, so we created a cocktail that really allowed the whiskey to shine. The Lost Gold is our version of an Irish Gold Rush, a whiskey-forward yet bright cocktail that we added ginger to which gives it a wee bit of spice.”
Green Patron Margarita Towers
At Azul Mariscos in Chicago, Patron’s Azul’s Torre de Margaritas features premade margaritas in shareable mini patron bottles. Made with Patron silver tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice, and salt, the margaritas are available in Classic and Kiwi flavors. “Ireland meets Mexico with our verde Torre de Margaritas! Everyone loves drinking their green on St. Patrick’s Day, so we created a festive tower that celebrates the theme and highlights our fan-favorite margaritas. The margaritas taste just as good as they look, so you can have a whole Patron bottle for yourself or share them with your friends,” said owner Mike Mabi.
The Emerald Isle Cocktail
At Luna in Jersey City, the Emerald Isle Cocktail, which was created by mixologist Aubrey Slater, is a fun, bright play on two classic cocktails: The Last Word and a Daiquiri. The sweet earthiness of the maraschino liqueur plus the bright and complex herbaceous notes of the green chartreuse play well together with the spicy, smokey vanilla qualities of Saint Luna’s premium, charcoal-filtered moonshine. “Our patrons love coming to Luna to experience our unique, distinct drink options. The Emerald Isle combines the classic Irish green color that is associated with St. Paddy’s Day with the smooth taste of Saint Luna moonshine creates a one-of-a-kind celebratory cocktail that you won’t find anywhere else,” said Julian Muscio, owner of Luna.
St. Patrick’s Day Bushwacker
At Edley’s Bar-B-Que in Nashville, the Bushwacker is a boozy milkshake with a chocolate syrup swirl, made with a liter of rum, coffee liqueur, Crème de Cacao Liqueur, vanilla, milk, and, in the case of St. Patrick’s Day, dyed green! “Everyone’s favorite boozy milkshake is going green for St. Patrick’s Day. Grab a green Edley’s Bushwacker at any of our locations to celebrate!” said Mark Harvey, creative manager.
City Winery Nashville has festive green wine annually for wine lovers on St. Patrick’s Day. Any of their handcrafted white wines on tap can be made green for the holiday! “Everyone wants to wear green and drink green on St. Patrick’s day but not everyone wants their drink to be beer! We love being able to offer a festive option for wine drinkers on the luckiest day of the year,” said Michelle Foletta Bell, City Winery Nashville’s Head Winemaker.
At Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods in Chicago, this delicious cocktail is like your traditional Grasshopper, but with a unique Absinthe twist! Made with Creme de Cacao, Absinthe, Creme de Menthe, and oat milk-topped with shaved chocolate and a sprig of mint. “Our Grasshopper Riff is like a Shamrock Shake, only it gets ya feeling nice and mighty. Put simply, it’s a delicious classic with a twist of Absinthe to set it off,” said Dustin, the Beverage Director at Ina Mae Tavern.
This St. Patrick’s Day, Malibu-based Carbon Beach Club’s The Dune features Teeling Irish Whiskey, Makgoelli (Korean Ginseng Sake), coconut puree, Pernod Absinthe and Curtis Vanilla Bitters (made in-house). “The flavors of the ‘the Dune’ cocktail are complementary and enticing. Inspired by the natural tasting notes of Teeling Irish Whiskey, Curtis Vanilla Bitters (made in-house at Carbon Beach Club) adds vanilla and spice, while the addition of Makgoelli was inspired by the pancake syrup and cereal milk notes of the Irish Whiskey. The finishing tasting notes of this whiskey includes an egg custard, leading to the addition of coconut puree and a drop of absinthe,” said Josh Curtis, Bar Director at Carbon Beach Club.
At Catalyst Restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this cocktail is made with Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey, yellow Chartreuse, Elderflower Liqueur, lemon, Cardamom Bitters, house-made herb oil, honey syrup, Absinthe Spray, dill garnish. “Catalyst’s Irish Garden is a beautiful, elegant drink that tastes great and has a whimsical green hue and cheery pop of spring, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. The Irish whiskey has a delicious caramel-y taste that is perfectly balanced out by the floral of the elderflower and cardamom and rounded out by savory notes from other elements like the herb oil. If you are looking for an elevated, unique way to enjoy your typical Irish whiskey, this is the drink!” said Gabriel Peterson.
At Macchina in Brooklyn, New York, the Il Verde is made with tomatillo, lemon, celery, and cucumber juice, your choice of gin or vodka, and club soda. “Il Verde is an elevated, green riff on the classic Bloody Mary. Rather than using tomato juice, I use a batch of tomatillo, lemon, celery, and cucumber juice, making this green-hued beverage a must-have cocktail for St. Patrick’s Day,” said Dianne Lowry, Beverage Director.
Matcha Wanna Drink?
Available at Yoon Haeundae Galbi, New York City, this green cocktail gets its eye-catching hue from matcha, and incorporates peach liqueur and whiskey to balance the matcha’s earthy flavors. “Matcha is such a fun ingredient to experiment with, especially in cocktails. Not only is the color perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, it also adds a dynamic and delicious flavor that pairs lovely with the whiskey and peach liqueur,” said Bobby Yoon, owner.