It’s nearly St Patrick’s Day, so what have you got planned? Whether it’s attending a street parade, a pub crawl, party or celebrations within the home you will want to know what drinks to serve. There are all kinds of fun and festive drinks to consume from Irish coffee to Irish cocktails.  We have rounded up the very best and most delicious, alcoholic drinks for St Paddy’s Day on Sunday 17th March 2013. Of course if you find yourself running out of time, a good ol’ pint of Guinness always goes down well!

 

Drink suggestions for St Patrick’s Day

 

 

Shandy

A pint (or half pint) of shandy is great for St Patrick’s Day celebrations as well as during the summer months. It is refreshing and easy to drink, perfect for a warm afternoon in the July sunshine.

½ glass of chilled beer

½ glass of ginger ale

  1. Pour well chilled beer into a tumbler.
  2. Gently pour in the ginger ale.
  3. Stir together and enjoy!

Some shandy recipes are 3 parts beer to 1 part ginger ale/sprite; so you can decide the ratio of your drink!

 

 

The token Irishman

The token Irishman definitely has a kick! The Irish whisky and mint makes for a delightful combination; it has to be tried to be believed, or better yet, enjoyed.

2 oz. Irish whiskey
3 drops Fee Brothers Mint Bitters
5-6 sprigs of fresh mint
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
a splash of soda water

  1. Leave one spring of mint aside and add the rest to the simple syrup.
  2. Then combine the rest of the ingredients, shake and strain over ice into a tumbler.
  3. Add a splash of soda water.
  4. Then use the remaining mint to garnish your drink.
  5. Sip and enjoy!

 

 

Luck O’ The Mojito

This is a lighter drink than the previous recipes, celebrate St Patrick’s Day is a slightly healthier way (only 90 calories per serving).

 

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp water

1 pinch fresh ginger (peeled and grated)

3 basil leaves

3 mint leaves

Juice of ½ lime

1 lime wheel

1 oz. white rum

Crushed ice

Soda water

 

  1. Mix together the sugar, water, herbs and lime juice.
  2. The pour in white rum (this can be vodka if preferred) and stir well.
  3. Top with crushed ice and soda water.
  4. To finish garnish with a lime wheel.

 

 

 

The Shamrocker

This drink will definitely cause a stir! The Shamrocker is extremely popular and not to mention, delicious.

1 oz. whisky

1 oz. Martini bianco (dry)

2 drops Crème de menthe (green)

2 drops Green chartreuse

Cracked ice [optional]

Sprig of mint [optional]

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
  4. Enjoy (responsibly) with your friends!

 

 

Non-alcohol Shamrocker

This is a smooth and creamy cocktail.

 

2 cups vanilla ice cream

1 ¼ cups low-fat milk

¼ tsp mint extract

8 drops green food colouring

Mix together all of the ingredients and serve. To make your drink stand out use edible gold and green cake glitter to decorate or serve with whipped cream.

 

 

Black and Tan

There is nothing more classic than this pub favourite! It is by far one of the simplest drinks to make, perfect for a party.

½ pint chilled stout

½ chilled ale

  1. Pour the ale into a pint glass until its nearly half full.
  2. Then place a spoon over the glass, convex side up and pour the stout slowly. The stout should drizzle into the glass slowly and carefully.
  3. Allow the stout to settle then let the tasting begin!

 

 

Mini Guinness (shot)

Tia Maria

Cointreau

Irish Cream

Served: in a shot glass

A portion of coffee liqueur (Tia Maria) and Cointreau is topped by a layer of Irish Cream (Baileys). Baileys is poured over the back of a spoon so that it sits on the liqueur. Coffee liqueur: Irish Cream is generally 3-to-1.

 

As you know there are endless drinks to mention, so print out the recipes you like the sound of and enjoy. We hope our Irish drink suggestions put you into the St Patrick’s Day spirit! If you have a recipe you think we would love then please leave a comment below! We wish you good Irish wishes and as always, drink safely and responsibly.