March is here again and so is the festival of St. Patrick’s Day. And what better way to enjoy the holiday—which started as an homage to Saint Patrick and has evolved into a celebration of Irish heritage and culture—than with a celebratory holiday-themed cocktail. Whether you prefer to go traditional with Irish whiskey or want to get creative and use vodka, tequila, or even gin, these St. Patrick’s Day drinks are ideal for at-home imbibing. Sláinte, the home edition.

FOR WHISKEY LOVERS: ICED IRISH COFFEE

Irish Coffee, traditionally made with Irish whiskey, hot coffee, cream and sugar, is the go-to sip for March 17th festivities. This riff blends Irish whiskey with Irish cream, espresso, and simple syrup for a flavorful treat.

Tullamore Dew
Credit: Courtesy of Tullamore DEW

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 parts Tullamore DEW
  • .75 part Irish Cream (like Kerrygold or Baileys)
  • 1 part Espresso
  • .25 part Simple Syrup

 Method: Combine ingredients and shake over ice. Strain into a rocks glass and add fresh ice, garnish with mint leaf.

FOR A LIGHTER SIP: IRISH EGG CREAM

Bailey's drink
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Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Baileys Original Irish Cream
  • 1.5 oz Chocolate Milk
  • 1.5 oz Seltzer Water
  • Whipped Cream and Green Mini Doughnut for Garnish

Method: Combine Baileys Original and chocolate milk in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Pour seltzer water into the bottom of a glass. Strain contents from shaker on top of seltzer. Garnish with whipped cream and doughnut.

FOR VODKA ENTHUSIASTS: EMERALD ISLE 

Reyka Vodka
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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 parts Reyka
  • .5 part Passou passion fruit liqueur
  • .5 part Blue Curacao
  • 1.5 parts Kiwi Perfect Puree
  • .5 part fresh lemon juice
  • .5 part simple syrup

Method: Combine all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker, double strain, and serve in rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

FOR GIN DRINKERS: POCKET FULL OF GREEN

Hendrick's Gin
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  • 1.5 parts Hendrick’s Gin
  • 8 -12 Torn Mint Leaves
  • 1 parts Cucumber Juice
  • 0.5 parts Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 parts Aloe Vera Juice
  • 1 parts Soda Water

Method: Add Hendrick’s Gin, cucumber, and lemon juice along with mint into a glass and gently muddle until a pulpy consistency. Add plenty of cracked ice and churn. Add aloe vera juice, soda and stir. Add more crushed ice, building into a stack.

FOR TEQUILA AFICIANADOS: EL VOCHO

Milagro tequila
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Ingredients:

  • 4 parts Milagro Reposado
  • 4 parts pineapple juice
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 10 cilantro leaves
  • 1 small jalapeño slice

Method: In four shooter glasses, pour Milagro Reposado neat. Blend all other ingredients together. Strain and pour into four separate shooter glasses.

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