The 10 Best Cocktails for Saint Patrick’s Day

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Saint Patrick’s Day cocktails are often green or made with whiskey, and we absolutely love the creative mixology that is brought about by this holiday! Here are some of our favorite cocktails to get you in the Irish spirit.

10 of the best cocktails for Saint Patrick's Day

As soon as March comes around, the Brio Blog becomes host to a number of cocktails for Saint Patrick’s Day. Some are your conventional green or Irish Whiskey cocktails, while others experiment with liquors you don’t typically associate with the Emerald Isle.

So, whether you’re looking for a signature cocktail for your Saint Patrick’s Day party, or just sick of boring green beer, this list of cocktails for Saint Patrick’s Day is sure to put a jig in your step.

 

Irish Redhead

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the week

When it comes to Whiskey Cocktails, the Irish Redhead is simply one of our favorites. It’s also one of the Brio Blog’s most popular cocktail creations. With a flavor palate that is fairly similar to a Whiskey Ginger, the Irish Redhead cocktail gets its stamp of approval from our very own resident ginger.

 

Tipperary Cocktail

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When you want to put an Irish spin on any cocktail, it usually means adding in Irish Whiskey, and this Tipperary Cocktail did just that. Named after County Tipperary, this twist on the Bijou cocktail nixed gin in favor of Jameson and we couldn’t love it more!

 

Shamrock Sour Cocktail

Image // Brio Drink of the week / Recipe from // Pizzazzerie

This cocktail originally came to us from Courtney from Pizzazzerie. The Shamrock Sour recipe is a fun take on the traditional Whiskey Sour, which calls for Irish Whiskey and green food coloring. If you want a very green cocktail for Saint Patrick’s Day, this would be the one.

 

The Irish Derby

Image / Recipe from // Serious Eats

This cocktail might not be green, but it sure will do the trick. Irish whiskey is the star of this vintage cocktail mashup. Drink enough of these Derbies and you will surely be the life of the Céilí this Saint Patrick’s Day.

 

Basil Gin Smash

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the week

No need to go green with envy over someone else’s cocktail! The Basil Gin Smash makes a delicious Saint Patrick’s Day cocktail alternative for folks who aren’t fans of Whiskey. Made with Hendrick’s Gin, it ain’t your Daddy’s Saint Patrick’s Day cocktail.

 

Irish Julep

Image / Recipe from // Real House Moms

When it comes to making cocktails for Saint Patrick’s Day, many are variations of American favorites, like this take on the Mint Julep. You never know, you might like it better this way.

 

Mint Gin Spritz

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The Mint Gin Spritz is an excellent whiskey alternative for a Saint Patrick’s Day cocktail. It’s simple, a little green, and seriously refreshing. This herbaceous and effervescent cocktail is sure to tickle your fancy.

 

Irish Coffee

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the week

Who would like a Tipple for dessert? This Irish Coffee recipe is one of our absolute favorite nightcap cocktails. You’ll be cuddled up on the couch watching The Quiet Man enjoying this bevy in no time.

 

Irish Cream & Mint Iced Mocha

Image / Recipe from // Frugal Foodie Mama

If you have a bit of a cocktail sweet tooth, this Irish Cream & mint Iced Mocha will do just the trick. How can you go wrong with chocolate, mint, coffee, and Baileys Irish cream? You just can’t!

 

The Baby “Guinness” Shot

Image / Recipe from // Creative Culinary

Who doesn’t love a good pint of Guinness now and then? Well, it might not be a real wee-baby Guinness, but this floated shot layers chilled Bailey’s Irish Creme Liqueur on top of Kahlua to create that iconic Guinness look.

 

 

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The herbaceous and bubbly flavors of this Mint Gin Spritz cocktail are sure to tickle your taste buds.

Bubbly Mint Gin Spritz Cocktail

Gin Spritzers are perfect Spring cocktails!

Simple, sophisticated, and seriously refreshing: This herbaceous and effervescent Mint Gin Spritz cocktail is sure to tickle your taste buds.

With the hints of cucumber, mint, and lemon, you just can't go wrong with this Mint Gin Spritz cocktail.

Imagine a cocktail that embodies the cucumber essence of Hendrick’s Gin, the fresh sweetness of mint, the citrus kick of lemon juice, and the effervescence of Prosecco. Now, let me tell you that cocktail exists! Cue in the Mint Gin Spritz.

It’s simple, sophisticated, and seriously refreshing. That’s the beauty of this Mint Gin Spritz cocktail. In just a few minutes you’ll be sipping on a bright, herbaceous spritz cocktail that is perfect for Spring.

Bubbly cocktails can be fun additions to any cocktail party, and this Mint Gin Spritz has the makings of a real party pleaser. It’s herby, a little bit sweet, and has everything you want in a gin cocktail.

Spritz cocktails are incredibly refreshing and their effervescent nature makes them fun to drink. In this Spritz, we opted to use Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine, instead of sparkling water or club soda. Prosecco has a fruit palate that pairs well with the herbal notes of gin.

Mint has such a clean and fresh taste. That’s why it makes a great complementary flavor in cocktails. The hints of cucumber in Hendrick’s Gin mixed with muddled mint gives the Mint Gin Spritz cocktail a cool and clean mouthfeel.

The Mint Gin Spritz is a great addition to our list of Spring cocktails, and would make an excellent whiskey alternative for a Saint Patrick’s day cocktail. Happy Sipping!

This is how you make a Mint Gin Spritz!

Mint Gin Spritz

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Hendrick’s Gin
  • 4 Ounces Prosecco
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 5 to 10 Fresh Sprigs of Mint
  • Lemon Wheel and Mint Sprigs for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Boston Shaker
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Mint Gin Spritz: Muddle mint, simple syrup, and lime juice at the bottom of a Boston Shaker with a muddler or with the back of a spoon. This will release the flavor and color of the mint. Next, add gin to the shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously, and strain over ice into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a sprig or two of fresh mint. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 178 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 13 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 12 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 3

This herbaceous and effervescent Mint Gin Spritz cocktail is sure to tickle your taste buds.

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This herbaceous and refreshing Basil Gin Smash cocktail will have you rethinking a basic Gin and Tonic.

Refreshing Basil Gin Smash Cocktail

You’ll be green with Envy over this cocktail

This herbaceous and refreshing Basil Gin Smash cocktail will have you rethinking a basic Gin and Tonic.

This herbaceous and refreshing Basil Gin Smash cocktail will have you rethinking a basic Gin and Tonic.

Fun fact for the day: I can speak German. Well, as much German as you can learn in a few semesters in University. Which came in handy for mixing up this Basil Gin Smash cocktail.

The Basil Gin Smash cocktail was first created by Jörg Meyer in his bar called The Lion in Hamburg, Germany back in 2008. As you can imagine, many of its online recipes are in German.

That’s where my awesome translating-ninja-skills came into play to translate this German recipe for our mostly American audience. You’re so welcome!

I find it fitting that we begin the month of March with such a green cocktail. It would make a delicious alternative so some of our other Saint Patrick’s day themed cocktails from the previous year. Especially, since it’s a gin cocktail and not an Irish whiskey cocktail.

This cocktail recipe is made using Hendrick’s Gin, lemon juice, fresh basil, and sugar syrup [a.k.a simple syrup which we have a fantastic recipe for]. If you want to use the gin Jörg recommends for this cocktail, you’ll want to find yourself a bottle of Rutte Dry Gin.

There is a mild bit of contention over crafting the Basil Gin Smash, as its creator wants you to muddle basil for this cocktail. Apparently, that is not well received by everyone. Over muddling can make the cocktail very herby, and it might be my German ancestors working through me, but I rather like that.

The cucumber essence of Hendrick’s Gin and the freshness of the lemon juice and basil create a great balance in this cocktail, which is key. You might need to adjust it to find the right balance for your tastes.

This Basil Gin Smash cocktail is a simple, but elegant cocktail that I plan on making more of in the future. Cheers!

This is how you make a Basil Gin Smash!

Basil Gin Smash

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Hendrick’s Gin
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ⅔ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 15 to 20 Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Fresh Basil for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Coupe or Rocks Glass
  • Cocktail or Boston Shaker
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Basil Gin Smash: In the bottom of your shaker, dry muddle a handful of basil leaves. Next, add in gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and ice. Shake vigorously for 15 to 20 seconds. Double strain cocktail into a coupe [for nicer presentation] or a rocks glass. Garnish cocktail with fresh basil leaves. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 163 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 14 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 14 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0.3

This herbaceous and refreshing Basil Gin Smash cocktail will have you rethinking a basic Gin and Tonic.

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Drink of the Week: Shamrock Sour

Drink of the Week: Shamrock Sour

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Pass on the green beer and mix yourself up this Shamrock Sour cocktail for Saint Patrick’s day instead!

Drink of the Week: Shamrock Sour for Saint Patrick's Day

Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhaoibh! That means Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to you all! Pass on the green beer today and mix yourself up this Drink of the Week: the Shamrock Sour.

This recipe comes to us from Entertain in Style. Be sure to check out their page and let Courtney show you how to make those awesome shamrock drink stirrers for your Shamrock Sours at Pizzazzerie.

The name Shamrock comes from the Irish word Seamróg, which sounds twice as nice in the native tongue. The Shamrock Sour is a fun take on the traditional Whiskey Sour, for your Saint Patrick’s day parties.

Tonight enjoy some craic agus ceol, that’s Irish for fun and music, with friends and family. From all of us to you, have a blessed Saint Patrick’s Day!

 

Shamrock Sour

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Irish Whiskey (We Prefer Jameson)
  • 1 Ounce Lime Juice
  • .5 Ounce Lemon Juice
  • 2 Ounces Simple Syrup
  • 1 Drop Green Food Coloring
  • Lime Wedge for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Scotch Glass

 

Preparation

We serve this drink of the week two ways for you to enjoy!

On the Rocks: Fill glass with ice to desired point. Combine whiskey, lime and lemon juice, and simple syrup in a shaker. Add a drop of green food coloring to mixture. If your food coloring does not have a dropper, you can use a tooth pick or stirrer to stir in the food coloring. Shake well. Strain over ice, and garnish with lime wedge. Sláinte!

 

Up (This means prepared with ice then strained and served without ice): Combine whiskey, lime and lemon juice, and simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Add in a drop of green food coloring, and shake well. Strain into glass, and garnish with lime wedge. Sláinte is táinte!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 200 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 20 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 20 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 28

 
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