23 St. Patrick's Day Drinks That Will Get The Party Started


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Imagine: it’s St. Patrick’s Day, and you’re home drinking… a boring ole PBR? No way! This holiday is all about the alcohol, don’t let it pass without jazzing up what you’re imbibing. Lucky you, we’ve got everything from green beer to boozy milkshakes. Check out our list of 20+ St. Patrick’s Day drinks to get inspired.

If you want to make it a whole day affair, you can start your morning off right with an Irish coffee or a green bloody mary (no green dye here, just tomatillos!). From there, you’ve got tons of options, both heavier and cream-based and light and fruity. We’ve stuck with some classic St. Patrick’s Day alcohols and flavors, like Bailey’s Irish Cream and mint. Mint is often used because creme de menthe turns drinks that classic green color, but we love using fresh mint too. While some people may only imbibe mint-infused cocktails to cool off in the summertime, we say enjoy them early! What better time to bust out the juleps and mojitos than St. Patrick’s Day? Really, any light and fruity drink can be perfect for this holiday— just use lots of fruit and turn it into a rainbow, like in our layered fruit sangria. And you can’t forget shots! From cereal to pickles, we’re busting out all our creativity for shooters that’ll have you feeling extra lucky. Feeling overwhelmed? No judgment, just drop some green food coloring in your favorite beer (or grab a Guinness!) and call it a day.

Want more St. Patrick’s Day inspiration? Check out our best appetizers, side dishes, and desserts!

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Nutty Irishman

The “nutty” in the Nutty Irishman refers to hazelnut liqueur— we like topping ours with extra crushed hazelnuts to get even nuttier!

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Baileys Irish Floats

A real Irish treat! Make your own ice cream to really impress.

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Irish Mules

It’s the perfect slight twist on the classic Moscow mule that will surprise your guests and have them singing your praises (or maybe writing a limerick about you).

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Green Beer

You can't celebrate St. Paddy's without a pint of green beer. All it takes is a little green food coloring!

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Irish Coffee

The combination of sweetened coffee, Irish whiskey, and whipped cream makes this double hit of caffeine and booze perfect for the start or end of the night.

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Pot o' Gold Shots

Want a nonalcoholic version? Swap out the whiskey for another 1/2 c of cold water.

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Green Bloody Mary

Just as good as a classic bloody mary, but made with tomatillos.

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one strawberry, one pineapple, and one blueberry mojito, all garnished with mint and fruit on a white marble background
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Mint Mojitos, three ways

Pick from strawberry, blueberry, or pineapple, or get creative and try something new. Whatever you choose, there's definitely a pot of gold at the end of these rainbow-hued cocktails.

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Boozy Shamrock Shakes

We know Shamrock Shakes are amazing. But BOOZY Shamrock Shakes? Now that's worth breaking out the blender for.

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Whiskey Ginger

This is the easiest cocktail ever — just two ingredients! To go the extra mile, we made our own spicy candied ginger too.

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Baileys S'mores Floats

The best way to enjoy s'mores in the winter? With boozy floats! It's a mix between a hot chocolate and a milkshake and we can't get enough.

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Lucky Charms Shots

Cereal milk + Baileys? They're magically Delish!

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Apple schnapps brings sweet-tart green apple flavor, while a splash of calvados (apple brandy) gives it a fiery kick. They may look light and fruity, but these babies are STRONG.

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Ginger Lime Whiskey Sour

We added ginger for a spicy kick, and replaced lemon juice with lime for a citrus upgrade that makes this cocktail stand out. The egg white is completely optional, but it's traditional and adds a nice frothiness.

Get the Ginger Lime Whiskey Sour recipe.

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Mudslide Hot Chocolate

We took the perfection of classic hot chocolate, and added Baileys, vodka, and Kahlua. This baby packs a punch!

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Mint Julep

This minty cocktail is perfect for when you want something lighter this St. Patrick's Day. It's only 3 ingredients (bourbon, simple syrup, and mint!) and the prep couldn’t be simpler.

Get the Mint Julep recipe.

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Whiskey Lemonade

Whiskey lovers, meet your new favorite punch. Think of it as a spiked Arnold Palmer with an herb-y kick.

Get the Whiskey Lemonade recipe.

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Drunk Grasshoppers

Named after their greenish hue (due to the creme de menthe), grasshoppers are sweet, rich, and perfectly minty. We jazzed ours up with some whipped topping and chocolate shavings — it's practically dessert.

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Pickleback Jell-O Shots

If you're unfamiliar, a pickleback is a shot of whiskey followed by a shot of pickle juice. These jell-o shots are hands down the cutest, easiest way to take one!

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Rainbow Sangria

Layering fruit into your glasses makes for the best presentation, but don't worry— you can chuck it all into a pitcher and still call it a rainbow!

Get the Rainbow Sangria recipe.

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Milk & Cookies Shots

Cookies filled with Baileys? Yes please. We love the ease of using store bought cookie dough, but if you've got the time, making chocolate chip cookies from scratch is even better!

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Irish Slammer

Also known as an Irish car bomb, and Irish slammer is a cocktail made by dropping a shot of Irish cream and whiskey into a pint of stout.

Get the Irish Slammer recipe.

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Green Apple Moscato Sangria

Super packed with fresh strawberries, apples, and oranges, this Olive Garden copycat is the perfect fruity green cocktail to welcome in spring.

Get the Green Apple Moscato Sangria recipe.

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