We're all Irish on March 17

I always love an occasion to share some cocktail recipes! If you’ve read some of my previous posts, filled with tales of amazing cocktails and my love of bourbon, you might believe that I’m two sips away from drinking Manischewitz from a paper bag. In truth, I’m not a heavy - or even a regular drinker - but when I do imbibe, I like to make it memorable.

As luck would have it, I have a son born on the best holiday of the year, St. Patrick’s Day. With my husband’s birthday the day before, our family has had the perfect excuse to throw a St. Paddy’s day party every year since my son turned 21.

Each year I try to invent or discover at least two new cocktail recipes to try, and over the years we’ve had some amazing alcoholic treats. This year we’ll be making the After 9 Shamrock Shake and The Dubliner for the first time. I’ve posted the recipes here along with eight others that we’ve ranked our favorites!

Enjoy and drink responsibly.

Paddy Punch

2 quarts lime sherbet

2 bottles champagne

2 liters ginger ale

½ can pineapple juice

maraschino cherries, lemon and lime slices

Add the lime sherbet to large punch bowl. Pour the champagne on top. Slowly add the ginger ale and pineapple juice to the mixture. Stir slightly until sherbet is foamy and the ingredients are combined. Float lemon and lime slices. Add ice or an ice ring as desired.

After 9 Shamrock Shake

1.5 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey

1.5 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream

1.5 oz. Kahlua

3 oz. half and half

1 cup ice

Several drops of green food coloring (optional)

Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a highball glass and top with whipped cream and mint chocolate sauce.

Lucky Shamrock

1 ½ oz Tequila

1 ½ oz Sour Apple Liqueur

1 oz Lime Juice

½ oz Agave (optional)

Sprite to taste

Optional Garnishes: Lime Wedges, Slices of Apple

Fill a shaker with ice and pour in all ingredients, EXCEPT the Sprite. Shake vigorously until shaker is chilled to the touch. Fill a highball glass with ice and slices of apple (if using). Strain the cocktail into glass. Top with sprite and garnish with wedge of lime.

The Shivering Leprechaun

1 oz. Jägermeister

1 oz. green crème de menthe

1 oz. white crème de cacao

1 oz. half and half

Pinch of sea salt

1/2 cup vanilla ice cream

1 cup crushed ice

Mint sprig for garnish

Combine all ingredients except the mint sprig in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth. Serve in a tall, frozen glass and garnish with the mint sprig.

Erin Go Bra-less (Drink with caution)

2 oz. Jameson Irish whiskey

1oz. Guinness

simple syrup to taste

¾ oz. lemon juice

½ oz. apple juice

Combine ingredients into a shaker. Shake and pour into cocktail glass.

Traditional Irish Coffee

1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 jigger Irish whiskey (1 1/2 ounces or 3 tablespoons)

Heavy cream, slightly whipped

Fill footed mug or a mug with hot water to preheat it, then empty. Pour piping hot coffee into warmed glass until it is about 3/4 full. Add the brown sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Blend in Irish whiskey. Top with a collar of the whipped heavy cream by pouring gently over back of spoon. Serve hot.

O’Malleys Martini

2 ounces Baileys Irish Cream

3/4 ounce chocolate vodka

3/4 ounce caramel vodka

cocoa powder and mint leaves for garnish

Shake all the ingredients (except the mint and cocoa powder) together in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Garnish with cocoa powder and mint leaves.

The Blarney Stone

1 oz Midori Melon Liqueur

1 oz Mailbu Rum

6 oz Pineapple Juice

Mint sprigs for garnish.

Mix all of your ingredients in a glass or shaker with ice and pour over ice in a hurricane glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint. Enjoy.

The Dubliner

2 oz. Irish whiskey

1 oz. St. Germain or other elderflower liqueur

.5 oz simple syrup

Squeeze of fresh lime juice

Lime sparkling water

Cucumbers, for garnish

Mint, for garnish

Fill glass with ice, cucumbers and mint. In a cocktail shaker, mix whiskey, St. Germain, simple syrup, and lime juice over ice. Strain the cocktail into your glass with garnishes. Top with lime sparking water to taste.

Smiling Irish

1.5 oz Irish Whiskey

.25 oz Fresh Lime Juice

2 oz Ginger ale

Lime slice for garnish

Add the whiskey and lime juice to a highball glass filled with ice. Top with the giner ale and garnish with lime.

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