20 best St Patrick's Day cocktails
Words by Simon Difford
Photography by Dan Malpass
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.
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.
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.
With: Irish whiskey, green banana liqueur and amaro.
We say: Whiskey-laced banana with Italian bittersweet complexity.
With: Irish whiskey, sweet vermouth, green crème de menthe, and peppermint bitters.
We say: A Irish Sweet Manhattan with minty emerald-coloured liqueur.
With: Irish whiskey, Green Chartreuse, and crème de menthe.
We say: Like the Incredible Hulk, this cocktail packs a dangerous green punch.
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.
With: Italian red bitter liqueur, Irish whiskey, and sweet vermouth.
We say: An Irish whiskey based Boulevardier.
With: Irish whiskey, lime juice, and ginger ale.
We say: Simple but surprisingly delicious.
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.
With: Irish whiskey, muscovado sugar syrup, filter coffee, and cream.
We say: What better way to start your St Patrick's Day?
With: Fresh cucumber, Irish whiskey, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, and sugar syrup.
We say: Juicy cucumber and elderflower with Irish whiskey and zesty lemon.
Irish Old Fashioned
With: Irish whiskey, sugar syrup, orange bitters, and aromatic bitters.
We say: Dry, mellow and refined.
With: Irish whiskey, lemonade, and IPA beer.
We say: An IPA lemonade-shandy with a splash of Irish charm.
With: Irish whiskey, Green Chartreuse, lemon juice, pistachio syrup, and Orinoco bitters.
We say: Herbal whiskey with zesty lemon and creamy nutty pistachio.
Luck of the Irish
With: Irish whiskey, sweet vermouth, Green Chartreuse, and peppermint bitters.
We say: Zippy, refreshing, herbal and cleansing.
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.
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!
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.
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.
With: Irish whiskey, sweet vermouth and Green Chartreuse.
We say: Chartreuse fans will appreciate this Irish whiskey-forward nightcap.