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10 Irish-inspired cocktails for St Patrick's Day!

On St. Patrick's Day, you need to have a drink in your hand (or, you know, one in each hand).

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Enjoy the festivities from the safety of your very own home this year.

It's the second year in a row that St. Patrick's Day celebrations are having to take place from the safety of our own homes. Last year, the idea of staying home and celebrating St. Patrick's Day without a parade or a trip to pub seemed novel but now 365 days later, it can be hard to muster up the energy to celebrate this year. Luckily, we know just the thing to get you into the St. Patrick's Day spirit and well...that's spirit itself! 

From creative tipples made from Irish whiskey to festive, shamrock-y sips—yes, we even have some green ideas—these unique and delicious cocktails are sure to get you in the Irish spirit in time for St. Patrick's Day. And since St. Patrick's Day falls on a Wednesday this year, we've also got alcohol-free martinis that won't interrupt any morning work meeting the next day.

So for the perfect way to get your St. Patrick's Day started, here are our favourite, festive St. Patrick's Day drinks to try out at home.

The Sexton Mourning, Noon & Night

Ingredients:

35ml The Sexton Single Malt
25ml Sweet Vermouth
25ml Campari
Lemon twist to garnish
Ice (cubed)
Method:

1. Pour 35ml The Sexton Single Malt, 25ml Sweet Vermouth and 25ml Campari into a mixing glass over ice and stir until chilled.

2. Strain into a fresh rocks glass over ice.

3. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

To read the full recipe courtesy of The Sexton Single Malt, click here. 

The Dingle Mingle

Serves one

Ingredients:

  • 35ml Dingle Irish Gin
  • 70ml Chardonnay wine
  • 2 bar spoons of peach jam
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme, plus 1 for garnish

Method:

  1. Chill a coupe glass with some crushed ice.
  2. Pour all of the ingredients, excluding the garnish, into a shaker with ice. Seal and shake hard for 10 seconds.
  3. Remove ice from the glass and strain in the cocktail.
  4. Garnish the glass with a sprig of thyme to serve.

To read the full recipe courtesy of Coppinger Row, click here. 

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Not A Shamrock Shake

Serves one

Ingredients: 

For the simple syrup:

  • 250ml boiling water
  • 250g white granulated sugar

For the cocktail:

  • 8 fresh basil leaves, plus extra to garnish
  • 45ml Jameson
  • 30ml lemon
  • 30ml simple syrup (above)
  • 40ml sparkling white wine

Method:

  1. To Make the Simple Syrup: Add 250ml boiling water to 250g white granulated sugar and stir well to dissolve. Bottle and refrigerate until cool.
  2. Lightly muddle basil leaves in your cocktail shaker.
  3. Add all the rest of the ingredients except sparkling wine and shake with ice.
  4. Double strain into a chilled tall glass filled with ice.
  5. Top with sparkling white wine and garnish with a basil leaf.

To read the full recipe courtesy of Jameson, click here. 

The Brother Hubbard

Serves one

Ingredients:

  • 25ml Mad March Hare poitín 
  • 15ml Longville House apple brandy 
  • 10ml Regal Rogue rose vermouth 
  • 15ml Irish rosehip cordial 
  • 2 dashes of citric acid 

Method:

Simply mix together, then serve in an old-fashioned glass over rock ice. Garnish with a beetroot chip.

To read the full recipe courtesy of Bar 1661, click here. 

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Non-Alcoholic Espresso Martini

Serves one

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Silk Tree
  • 40ml espresso
  • 15ml agave syrup
  • Chocolate flakes to garnish

Method: 

  1. Chill a martini or coupe glass with ice.
  2. Place all ingredients except the chocolate in an ice-filled shaker. Seal and shake for 10 seconds. Remove ice from the glass and pour. Garnish with chocolate flakes.

To read the full recipe courtesy of House, Dublin, click here. 

Bushmills Irish Coffee

Serves one

Ingredients:

  • 35ml Bushmills Original 

  • 1 tablespoon demerara sugar 
  • 150ml black coffee, hot
  • 50ml double cream

Method: 

  1. Preheat a glass coffee mug with hot water, then empty it out.
  2. Pour the whiskey, coffee and sugar into the glass and stir well.
  3. Lightly whip the cream until it thickens slightly. Pour on top of the coffee mix and serve.

To read the full recipe courtesy of Bushmills, click here. 

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Connemara Collins 

Serves one

Ingredients:

  • A handful of fresh blueberries 
  • 50ml Micil Irish Gin 
  • 30ml lemon juice 
  • Soda water 
  • Ice

Method:

  1. Add six blueberries to a cocktail shaker and muddle. 
  2. Add the gin, lemon juice and simple sugar syrup to the shaker. 
  3. Shake and strain into slim jim tumbler glass filled with ice.
  4. Top up the glass with your choice of soda water and garnish with the remaining blueberries to serve.

To read the full recipe courtesy of Micil, click here. 

Flat White Martini

Serves one

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Baileys Original Irish Cream
  • 25ml Espresso
  • 10ml Milk
  • Ice cubes

Method:

  1. Pop some ice cubes into a cocktail shaker and pour in the Baileys.
  2. Add the espresso and milk.
  3. Shake it up until everything is perfectly blended and the liquid is silky smooth.
  4. Strain into a cocktail glass, finish by gently placing three coffee beans on the top of the cocktail and enjoy.

To read the full recipe courtesy of Baileys, click here. 

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Our Ultimate Hot Whiskey

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 25g sugar
  • 25ml water
  • Cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 85g honey
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 75ml Irish whiskey
  • 250ml apple cider
  • Ice
  • Lemon slices and rosemary sprigs, to serve

Method:

  1. Combine the sugar, water, cinnamon stick and cloves in a pot over a medium heat and bring to the boil, then remove from the heat. Discard the cloves and cinnamon sticks and stir in the honey until it dissolves.
  2. Add in the rosemary sprigs and set aside until the mixture cools.
  3. Pour mixture into a jug and add the apple cider and whiskey.
  4. Fill two glasses with ice, then fill with the cocktail mixture.
  5. Serve with a lemon slice and a sprig of rosemary. 

To read the full recipe courtesy of Irish Central, click here. 

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The Irish Wolfhound

Ingredients: 

  • 50ml Jameson Black Barrel
  • 50ml Ginger Beer
  • 20ml Pink Grapefruit
  • Spiced Blackcurrant Cordial
  • Pinch of Salt

Method: 

  • Mix ice, 50ml whiskey, 50ml ginger beer and juice in a glass.
  • Garnish with a pair of grapefruit half slices.
  • Dip a corner of one of the grapefruit slices in the smoked salt and drop into the drink.
  • You can apply salt to the rim of the glass to make a Salty Wolfhound.

To read the full recipe courtesy of Jameson, click here. 

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