I think I’ve already made it obvious that I love Guinness. BUT – my ladies who don’t drink beer, I feel you! I am usually a wine or cocktails kind of date, so I relate.
Today I am pulling together some of my favorite cocktail recipes from all over to share some ways to get in the St. Patty’s spirit – with spirits instead of brews.
BUT FIRST – if you haven’t started prepping for St. Patty’s yet, you MUST catch up on my posts that you have missed. The 5 second review: check out this post for my favorite accessories and party supplies that you can get easily on Amazon, this post for my secret to creating the famous green beer without artificial coloring AND it detoxes you, this post for a FREE printable banner, and LASTLY this post for a peek at my St. Patty’s bar cart!
Ok, now that you are fully prepped, let’s get down to business. My top 5 St. Patrick’s Day drink recipes that aren’t beer:
Cucumber Basil Gin Fizz (via the girl on bloor)
- 2 cucumbers
- 1 can frozen limeade
- 2 limes
- 12 oz gin
- 1 bottle sparkling or soda water
- 1 package fresh basil
Directions: Blend frozen limeade and 1 & ½ of the cucumbers in a blender. Squeeze the juice of 1 of the limes. Mix in gin and fresh basil leaves and pour mixture into ice-filled cocktail glasses. Top with sparkling water, garnish with sliced cucumbers and limes.
Irish Mule (via fox and briar)
- 2 oz irish whiskey
- 6 oz ginger beer
- 1 oz lime juice
- lime slices
- mint spring
Directions: Fill copper mug with ice. Pour in whiskey and lime juice, top with ginger beer. Add lime slices and mint spring for garnish.
Sparkling Shamrock (via pretty plain janes)
- Bottle of brut champagne (chilled)
- 2 oz midori melon liquor
- Honeydew balls (or cut into shapes with cookie cutters)
- Green sugar
Directions: Run melon along rim of glass, dip in green sugar. Pour midori in glass & top with champagne. Drop melon inside of glass. Enjoy!
Green Flash (via platinum touch events)
- 1 oz vodka
- ½ oz peach schnapps
- ½ oz blue curaco
- 3 oz orange juice
- 3 oz sprite
Directions: Mix ingredients in cocktail shaker, serve over ice with orange slice and maraschino cherry as garnish.
Matcha Gin Cocktail (via tasting table)
- ¼ cup mint leaves
- ¾ oz agave or honey
- ¾ oz lime juice
- 1 ½ cup water
- 2 ½ oz gin
- 1 teaspoon matcha
Directions: In cocktail shaker, muddle mint with agave and lime juice. Add remaining ingredients and shake until matcha is dissolved. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer, serve over ice.
Irish Margarita (via restless chipotle)
- 4 oz resposado tequila
- 2 oz blue curaco
- 2 oz peach snapps
- 1 oz irish wiskey
- 1 oz aperol
- 1 oz lime juice
- 8-12 oz pineapple juice
- 2 rounds lime for garnish
- gold sugar crystals for rim
- corn syrup for rim
- 1 cup shaved ice – blended in blender until snow-like
Directions: Prepare glass by spreading corn syrup on rim and dipping in gold sugar crystals. Add large scoop of ice to each glasss. Add tequila, curaco, schnapps, whiskey, aperol, and juices to a shaker filled with ice. Shake for a few seconds, pour into glass, garnish with lime.
Green Apple Martini (via recipes worth repeating)
- 1.5 oz vodka
- ¾ oz sour apple schnapp liquer
- ¾ oz sour apple mix
- 6 cubes of ice
Directions: prepare martini glass by chilling in freezer until cold, add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, shake for 20 seconds, pour into chilled martini glass and enjoy.
Which of these do you think you’ll try out for your shamrock shenanigans this year? For more inspiration, make sure that you are following my pinterest board that dedicated to all things green and gold.
Cheers (& slainte!),