The St. Patrick’s Day holiday has a rich history in Irish culture, but let’s face: it’s now basically an excuse to paint stuff green, make green stuff and drink lots of green beer. We have your back on that last one, and we also have a variety of St. Patrick’s Day cocktails for those of you who feel there’s a limit on how much green beer one can enjoy. For even more drinks, crafts and recipes, check out our St. Patrick’s Day Fun Pinterest board.

You may think of the usual St. Patrick's Day drink as green beer. But we have a variety of St. Patrick's Day cocktails for those of you who feel there's a limit on how much green beer one can enjoy.

  1. Shamrock Juice. Green in color, with a delicious orange flavor.
    My modified version of the Shamrock Juice cocktail recipe. This gorgeous green-blue drink has a fuzzy layered appearance. This drink has 4 ounces of orange juice, and that's what you'll taste the most.
  2. Honeydew Martini. A beautiful shade of green, and so simple, it’s sure to agree with most everybody: vodka, midori and triple sec.
    Honeydew Martini drink recipe with Midori, vodka and triple sec.
  3. Or if you don’t love Midori that much, try the Honeydew-Ginger Martini. Midori with Domaine De Canton Ginger Liqueur, lemon juice, vodka and bitters.
    Honeydew Ginger Martini recipe with vodka, Midori, Domaine De Canton Ginger Liqueur, lemon juice and Angostura bitters.
  4. Emerald Rain. The green color comes not from Midori gasp!), but from Hpnotiq mixed with orange juice. Very pretty and very drinkable!
    Emerald Rain drink recipe with Hpnotiq, vodka, orange and lime.
  5. Irish Flag. The colors of the Irish flag in a layered shooter featuring green creme de menthe, Licor 43 and Irish cream.
    The Irish Flag drink is a layered cocktail with Irish Cream, green creme de menthe and Licor 43 - the colors of the Irish flag. The flavor is a surprisingly tasty blend of vanilla, caramel and mint.
  6. The Grasshopper. This lovely old mint and chocolate classic is a beautiful shade of green.
    The Grasshopper cocktail is an old classic that tastes like a chocolate mint milkshake, and hails from the French Quarter of New Orleans.
  7. Gold Emerald Shooter. It's green and it's got "emerald" in that thing it is known as, so this drink makes a great choice. The flavor is a little unusual Midori and Goldschlager, so it may not be a hit with everyone. But give it a try-it's really good!The Gold Emerald Shooter has a really unique flavor combination: melon and cinnamon. It may sound odd, but this is one of those drinks you've got to try. Plus, it's a beautiful green with gold flecks.
  8. Misty Mint. With green creme de menthe and light rum, this gorgeous emerald green drink is a hit for St. Patrick’s Day.
    Misty Mint cocktail recipe with creme de menthe and rum.
  9. Irish Coffee. Hot, strong coffee with Irish whiskey and/or Irish cream, topped with whipped cream.
    The Irish Coffee is a classic cocktail featuring coffee and Irish whiskey, and optional Irish cream. It's usually served with the Irish cream, but the version without Irish cream is surprisingly good.
  10. Emerald Isle. Gin gets a touch of green creme de menthe meets and three dashes of Angostura bitters.
    The Emerald Isle Cocktail blends herbal and citrus notes from gin with a touch of mint. It's an unusual flavor combination, but the spice from a few dashes of Angostura bitters brings it all together.
  11. Irish Hammer. Need a shooter on your holiday party menu? Try this one, with Jack Daniel’s, Irish Mist and Bailey’s.
    The Irish Hammer shot blends Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey with Irish Mist and Irish cream. It has lovely honey and caramel notes especially if you use Carolans Irish cream) to balance the whiskey.
  12. Evergreen. This may seem like a strange choice, other than the color. Tequila meets Midori and green creme de menthe, along with some white grapefruit juice and pineapple juice.
    The Evergreen Cocktail is a beautiful emerald cocktail featuring Midori, creme de menthe, tequila and tropical fruit juices. It may sound like an odd combination, but the flavor is tangy and sweet.
  13. Jade. There are two quite different recipes called the Jade cocktail. The link has both of them – the second would be more your traditional emerald green cocktail, but the first makes a beautiful lighter green, so pick whichever recipe sounds tastier to you.
    Jade cocktail recipe: two variations
  14. Chocolate Leprechaun. This one’s definitely more St. Patrick’s Day in theme, but it looks like chocolate milk. Still, it’s delicious and lots of fun – and you could always add some food coloring see the above linked green beer article for suggestions on getting the color just right).
    The Chocolate Leprechaun is a very lightweight cocktail, with just one ounce of Irish cream for its alcohol content. It's hardly a health drink, but at least it does give you seven ounces of milk.
  15. Irish Cola. Another non-green one, this cocktail blends Jameson’s Irish whiskey with Bailey’s and cola.
    The Irish Cola drink blends Irish whiskey, Bailey's Irish Cream, and the cola of your choice. It has a rich taste with notes of caramel, vanilla, honey and almond, and a touch of whiskey smokiness.
  16. Irish Car Bomb. This is Bailey’s and Jameson’s dropped dramatically into a glass of Guinness. You can’t beat it for Irishness. The flavor is… well, you know, not everyone loves Guinness, but definitely worth checking out.
    Irish Car Bomb drink recipe: Guinness, Bailey's, Jameson
  17. Green Dragon.This is a gorgeous green drink that mixes some really unusual flavor combinations:anise, mint and gin. It’s better than it sounds, and definitely memorable.The Green Dragon drink can be an acquired taste. In addition to gin, it features a touch of creme de menthe, Kummel an herbal liqueur and orange bitters to blend those powerful flavors together.

Other possibilities

If none of these St. Patrick’s Day cocktails are grabbing you, why not make some special concoctions in green?

  1. Jolly Ranchers Vodka in Sour Apple. This is a fun, quick and easy infusion to make 12-24 hours), and it comes out bright green and tastes just like the candy.
  2. Vodka or Rum Gummy Bears with just the green bears. This takes a few days to make, so be sure to leave yourself enough time.
  3. Skittles Vodka with just the green lime Skittles. This one takes 3-4 days at most to make, and the result is an opaque bright green drink that’s almost pure vodka. You can also do it with white rum.

Originally Published Mar 12, 2012