20 best St Patrick's Day cocktails

Words by Simon Difford

Photography by Dan Malpass

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St Patrick's Day not only calls for you to dress in green but to toast the Emerald Island with emerald-coloured Irish whiskey-based cocktails, stout, or other appropriate libations. This selection of 20 such St Patrick's Day cocktails won't help with your attire but may help you choose what to drink.

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Black Velvet
With: Stout beer and brut sparkling wine.
We say: Full-bodied stout and dry sparkling wine may sound an unlikely combination but this classic has stood the test of time.

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Dublin Minstral
With: Irish whiskey, Green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, and lime juice.
We say: A riff of the Last Work named after Frank Fogarty, The Dublin Mistral.

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Emerald Banana
With: Irish whiskey, green banana liqueur and amaro.
We say: Whiskey-laced banana with Italian bittersweet complexity.

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Emerald Manhattan
With: Irish whiskey, sweet vermouth, green crème de menthe, and peppermint bitters.
We say: A Irish Sweet Manhattan with minty emerald-coloured liqueur.

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Every-Body's Irish
With: Irish whiskey, Green Chartreuse, and crème de menthe.
We say: Like the Incredible Hulk, this cocktail packs a dangerous green punch.

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Good Cork
With: Mezcal, single pot still Irish whiskey, Bénédictine, and Creole bitters.
We say: Unusually, this is made with two different pot still spirits, one Irish and the other Mexican.

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Irish Boulevardier
With: Italian red bitter liqueur, Irish whiskey, and sweet vermouth.
We say: An Irish whiskey based Boulevardier.

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Irish Buck
With: Irish whiskey, lime juice, and ginger ale.
We say: Simple but surprisingly delicious.

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Irish Cocktail
With: Irish whiskey, orange curaçao, maraschino liqueur, absinthe, and Boker's bitters.
We say: This subtly flavoured whiskey cocktail is a delicious way to chase a good evening.

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Irish Coffee
With: Irish whiskey, muscovado sugar syrup, filter coffee, and cream.
We say: What better way to start your St Patrick's Day?

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Irish Maid
With: Fresh cucumber, Irish whiskey, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, and sugar syrup.
We say: Juicy cucumber and elderflower with Irish whiskey and zesty lemon.

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Irish Old Fashioned
With: Irish whiskey, sugar syrup, orange bitters, and aromatic bitters.
We say: Dry, mellow and refined.

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Irish Shandy
With: Irish whiskey, lemonade, and IPA beer.
We say: An IPA lemonade-shandy with a splash of Irish charm.

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Lone Oak
With: Irish whiskey, Green Chartreuse, lemon juice, pistachio syrup, and Orinoco bitters.
We say: Herbal whiskey with zesty lemon and creamy nutty pistachio.

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Luck of the Irish
With: Irish whiskey, sweet vermouth, Green Chartreuse, and peppermint bitters.
We say: Zippy, refreshing, herbal and cleansing.

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Pot of Gold
With: Irish whiskey, ginger liqueur, Islay single malt, lemon juice, honey syrup, and egg white.
We say: Irish whisky and peaty scotch whisky with ginger spice and zesty lemon.

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St Patrick's Day cocktail
With: Irish whiskey, Green Chartreuse, green crème de menthe, lime juice, sugar syrup, absinthe, and soda.
We say: Verdant, vibrant, and virtuous – so virtuous that it's saintly!

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Shamrock cocktail
With: Irish whiskey, dry vermouth, Green Chartreuse, and green crème de menthe.
We say: A classic from harry Craddock's 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book.

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Shamrock Sour Cocktail
With: Irish whiskey, lemon juice, lime juice, sugar syrup, and green food colour.
We say: Looks minty but it's actually a tasty Irish whisky sour.

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Tipperary No.1
With: Irish whiskey, sweet vermouth and Green Chartreuse.
We say: Chartreuse fans will appreciate this Irish whiskey-forward nightcap.

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