Best St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

Try one of the best St. Patrick’s Day cocktails this weekend! From Irish whiskey to Irish cream, there’s so much to love about these drinks inspired by the Emerald Isle. Don’t forget to wear green! 

Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur makes an amazing gift, and tastes just like the real thing! Perfect for celebrating St. Patrick's Day or enjoying a nightcap anytime. (via feastandwest.com)

Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? 

Truthfully, it’s never been one of my favorite holidays. 

Given that my birthday is just a few days before, my birthday celebrations have often been looped in with St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and I have grown to resent it a little bit.

Or maybe a lot. 

I mean, the crowds are often intense. And there’s so much green beer. (Seriously, why does it have to be green?) 

And do I have to wear green? (It might be my favorite color, but I like choices. Don’t pinch me!) 

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St. Patrick’s Day can still be fun though. After all, this is pretty much a travel-inspired cocktail blog. 

And if parades and big festivals are your thing, I will not stop you from checking out the celebrations in Boston, Savannah or Chicago (or, hey, Ireland) on St. Paddy’s weekend. 

I bet it would actually be pretty fun! I’d do it once. Maybe. 

a glass of herbal limeade with green straw next to a pitcher and limes

Personally I would rather stay home and whip up one of the best St. Patrick’s Day cocktails. Wouldn’t you?

Whether you’re celebrating quietly at home or throwing a big party, I want to know: 

Do you have your drink menu ready yet? 

If not, I have rounded up a few of the best St. Patrick’s Day cocktails — just for you! 

There’s everything here — all sorts of drinks flavored with our favorite Irish staples. There’s Guinness beer and Irish whiskey and, as always, plenty of Irish cream

There’s even an appropriately green mocktail for the non-drinkers at your party. (And a green cocktail too!) 

I’d love to know if you try anything on this list! Slàinte! 

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Irish mule recipe in a mule mug on a green cloth napkin
Irish Mule Recipe
Ginger beer, Irish whiskey and lime juice make a perfect pairing in this variation on a Moscow mule.
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two glasses of herbal limeade with green straws and limes
Herbal Limeade
Make a pitcher of bright and refreshing Herbal Limeade for your next gathering or to sip on all week! Drink it as a mocktail or use it as a cocktail mixer.
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Sip on this smooth, ice-filled Irish Whiskey Honey Mint Julep made with local wildflower honey, Irish whiskey and fresh mint. From St. Patrick's Day to the Kentucky Derby, it's a sweet toast to springtime. (via feastandwest.com)
Irish Whiskey Honey Mint Julep
This mint julep has all the fresh flavors of spring: mint, honey and Irish whiskey of course!
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Two glasses of Irish cream on the rocks next to a bottle tied with a green ribbon for gifting.
Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur
Did you know you could make your own Bailey's? You can! And it's seriously delicious.
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Mint Chip Guinness Floats
These adult ice cream floats are made with Guinness beer! The sound of mint chocolate chip ice cream paired with a chocolatey stout beer sound divine together.
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a stack of baby guinness jello shots
Baby Guinness Irish Coffee Jell-O Shots
These are not mini beers. They are jell-o shots! Layers of spiked coffee gelatin and Irish cream gelatin are reminiscent of both Irish coffee and the popular Baby Guinness shooters.
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Jameson Old Fashioned Recipe
Have you ever thought to make an old-fashioned cocktail with Irish whiskey? So delicious! Irish whiskey is made with a slightly different mash bill than Kentucky bourbon, so it's worth a shot!
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2-Ingredient Beermosa
Y'all, this is a mimosa made with beer — perfect for brunch or watching some March Madness.
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Bailey’s Grasshopper
This list had room for two green cocktails. It IS St. Patrick's Day after all! This minty cocktail looks so refreshing.
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Black Velvet Cocktail
Another Guinness cocktail, you say, but this one is a classic! It combines the stout beer with champagne for a rich, decadent drink.
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two iced irish coffee cocktails on a white background with a green tea towel
Iced Irish Coffee
This Iced Irish Coffee is a refreshing, boozy treat for a hot day! Mix iced coffee with Irish whiskey and cream, then top it with a silky dollop of whipped cream.
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a glass mug with Irish coffee
Classic Irish Coffee
Warm and boozy, the Classic Irish Coffee is an easy after-dinner drink that's made with only four ingredients.
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Baby Guinness Shots
Coffee-flavored liqueur and a layer of Irish cream. Once combined, it looks like a tiny pint of the famous Irish beer.
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bailey's irish cream in a green bowl with a gold spoon next to a bottle of bailey's
Bailey’s Whipped Cream
This boozy whipped cream with Bailey's is perfect for hot drinks, cocktails and desserts.
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bubbles on top of a green mimosa cocktail
Green Mimosas
Enjoy green mimosas for St. Patrick's Day, Easter or whenever you're feeling green. For Christmas, call them Grinch Mimosas!
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two guinness floats in beer can-shaped pint glasses
Guinness Floats
Ice cold Guinness Floats made with your choice of ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce are the perfect way to celebrate St. Patty's Day.
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