Top cocktails to serve on St Patrick’s Day
With St Patrick’s Day just around the corner, we spoke to a host of brands and bartenders to uncover the best Irish-inspired serves to mark the day at home.
St Patrick’s Day (17 March) celebrations may look a little different this year, with many bars around the world forced to remain closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, thanks to the rise in at-home mixology, budding bartenders can still mix up a storm to celebrate the day.
To offer some inspiration for St Patrick’s Day cocktails, we spoke with top spirits brands and international bartenders to find out their picks for some of the best cocktails to make yourself.
From the classic Irish Coffee to creative twists on other iconic serves, we’ve rounded up 10 innovative cocktails that you can prepare from the safety of your own home in celebration of St Patrick’s Day.
Click through the following pages to find 10 creative cocktails to make at home.
The ubiquitous Irish classic, the Irish Coffee. This iteration from London bar Swift calls for the use of Jameson Caskmates Irish whiskey.
40ml Jameson Caskmates
75ml Robusto filter coffee
Method: Lightly whip the cream until it is very slightly thickened, then set aside. In a serving glass, combine the Jameson Caskmates, coffee and Demerara sugar to taste. Slowly pour the cream over a bar spoon and onto the coffee, making sure the cream floats on top. Garnish with grated nutmeg.
This signature serve from Irish bar Homeboy is elegant and dry, just like famous Irish BBC presenter Terry Wogan.
40ml Teeling Irish whiskey
10ml Apricot brandy
15ml Lime juice
15ml Sugar syrup
15ml Saline solution
Method: Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker along with a handful of ice and shake until the outside of the shaker feels cold. Fine strain into a chilled Coupette glass and serve.
Apple of My Eye
The Apple of my Eye is a Teeling take on the humble combination of whiskey and apple juice. This serve unites award-winning Teeling Small Batch, freshly pressed apple juice and a touch of fresh honey.
40ml Teeling Small Batch Irish whiskey
60ml Fresh apple juice
20ml Honey syrup
Method: Add all the ingredients to an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake. Strain into an glass, top with ice and garnish with fresh apple slices and a cinnamon stick.
This vibrant cocktail was created by the award-winning team at New York’s Dead Rabbit.
30ml Tullamore Dew 12 Year blended Irish whiskey
30ml Lillet Rosé
15ml Combier Pamplemousse Rosé Liqueur
Method: In an ice-filled mixing glass, add all the ingredients and stir together until chilled and combined. Fine strain the cocktail into a Rocks glass with a large chunk of ice, and garnish with a spritz of grapefruit oils.
This cocktail from London’s Jim and Tonic distillery is named in honour of the Merrow, an Irish mythical creature that is half fish and half human.
50ml Jim and Tonic Mercato Gin
15ml Green Chartreuse
25ml Fresh lime juice
10ml Sugar syrup
20ml Egg white
Method: Pour all ingredients into a shaker and dry shake without ice, then fill the shaker with ice and shake once again. Double strain into a chilled coupette glass and garnish with a twist of lemon peel and two lavender stems.
Irish Coffee Martini
Renowned for its Irish Coffees, New York’s Dead Rabbit put a twist on the signature serve with this chilled Irish Coffee Martini.
45ml Bushmills Black Bush blended Irish whiskey
45ml Cold brew coffee concentrate, or drip coffee for a less-strong flavour
15ml Demerara sugar syrup
Dash of aromatic bitters
Method: Add all the ingredients to an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake together hard. Fine strain into a chilled Nick & Nora glass and garnish with lemon oils.
This chilled twist on the classic Irish Coffee combines Slane Irish whiskey with maple syrup and cold brew coffee.
50ml Slane Irish whiskey
15ml Maple syrup
50ml Cold brew coffee
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake to chill and combine. Strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish with three coffee beans.
Combining Jameson Black Barrel with fresh grapefruit and spicy ginger beer, this refreshing serve can be easily mixed up at home.
45ml Jameson Black Barrel
45ml Ginger beer
15ml Pink grapefruit
Dash of spiced blackcurrant cordial
Method: In a Highball glass, add all the ingredients and stir to combine. Fill the glass with ice and garnish with a grapefruit slice.
This signature serve from London’s Homeboy is a modern revival of a cocktail found in Harry Johnson’s bartenders manual.
40ml Roe & Co Irish whiskey
20ml Noilly Prat vermouth
20ml Mint and spinach syrup
Dash of orange bitters
Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass with a handful of ice and stir for 15-20 rotations until ice-cold. Pour into a rocks glass over a large cube of ice, and garnish with fresh mint.
Four Leaf Clover
Developed by the bartenders at Orlando-based Margaritaville, this St Patrick’s Day-themed serve combines Teeling Irish whiskey with spicy Gosling’s ginger beer.
45ml Teeling Irish whiskey
Three wedges of lime
10ml Simple syrup
120ml Gosling’s ginger beer
Method: Add the Teeling whiskey and lime wedges to a cocktail tin and muddle together. Add the simple syrup, fill with ice and shake to combine. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice and top with ginger beer.