St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Today is a glorious day for everyone, whether you’re Irish or “Irish,” today will be a treat. Speaking of treats, I’ve found some cocktails that will class up your St. Paddy’s Day so you don’t have to feel obligated to stick to Guinness or the green beer all day. I love Guinness, but everyone deserves a little variety.

Shamrock Shakes

Yes, just like the one you’d get from McDonald’s, only better.

  • 6 cups (3 pints) vanilla ice cream
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) creme de menthe liqueur
  • 3 ounces (1/3 cup) vodka
  • 3 ounces (1/3 cup) Irish cream liqueur (like Baileys)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Maraschino cherries and sweetened whipped cream for garnish

Add vanilla ice cream, creme de menthe, vodka, Irish cream liqueur, and vanilla extract to a blender and mix until completely blended. Divide between two tall glasses and top with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.

Boozy Lucky Charms milkshake

It’s magically delicious!

  • 1 1/2 cups lucky charms marshmallows
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/3 cup marshmallow vodka
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a batch, or extra leftover marshmallow frosting
  • extra cereal for topping

Add the marshmallows to a food processor and blend until powdery. Add the milk to a large bowl and pour in the blended marshmallows. Stir to combine, then let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Then add the ice cream, marshmallow milk, vodka and vanilla extract to a blender. You can add extra cereal if you’d like! Blend until combined and pour into glasses. Top with frosting (or whipped cream!) and some extra marshmallows.

Pot O’ Gold shots

  • 2 Parts Orange Vodka
  • 1 Part Pineapple Juice
  • Sprinkle Gold Luster Dust
  • Garnish: Gold Sprinkles/Rainbow Candy

Rim edge of shot glass with gold sprinkles. In an ice-filled shaking glass combine orange vodka, pineapple juice and a sprinkle of gold luster dust. Shake well. Strain mix into prepared shot glasses and garnish with rainbow candy. Add some whipped cream to make a cloud for your candy rainbow for an extra touch.

Irish Trash Can

I bartended in an Irish Pub that was right off a college campus and we would make so many of these drinks on weekends it was ridiculous.

  • 1 oz. (30ml) Vodka
  • 1 oz. (30ml) Gin
  • 1 oz. (30ml) Rum
  • 1 oz. (30ml) Triple Sec
  • 1 oz. (30ml) Blue Curaçao
  • 1/2 oz. (15ml) Peach Schnapps
  • 1 can Energy Drink

Pour Blue Curaçao in the base of a tall glass and fill with ice. Pour over vodka, gin, rum, triple sec, and peach schnapps. Top with energy drink and leave the can in the drink.

Irish Sour

Every party needs a signature cocktail. This one lets you play with food coloring, too.

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup simple syrup
  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 1 tiny drop of green food coloring
  • lime wedges for garnish

Combine ingredients and shake well; strain over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge and a shamrock stirrer.

 

These are some of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day cocktails and I hope you’ll enjoy them as well! Maybe next year, I’ll meet you all bright and early for Kegs and Eggs, anything’s possible.

Remember to drink responsibly.

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