Irish Trash Can Cocktail Drink

Irish Trash Can

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This Irish Trash Can recipe has all the ingredients for an unforgettable drink. It’s simple to make and offers a vibrant mix of flavors that will keep the party going.

Irish Trash Can Recipe

Dive into the excitement with our Irish Trash Can recipe! This cocktail is the ultimate party starter with a burst of flavors and an energy drink kick.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

234 kl

Ingredients

  • ½ oz Gin
  • ½ oz Light Rum
  • ½ oz Vodka
  • ½ oz peach Schnapps
  • ½ oz blue Curaçao
  • ½ oz Cointreau
  • 1 can Red Bull, or other energy drink
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon or Lime wheel, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Spirits: Pour ½ oz Vodka, ½ oz Gin, ½ oz Light Rum, ½ oz peach Schnapps, ½ oz Cointreau, and ½ oz blue Curaçao into the glass.
  • Add Energy Drink: Open 1 can Red Bull and invert it into the glass. The drink will start to mix with the spirits.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to mix the ingredients gently.
  • Garnish: Add a lemon or lime wheel for garnish, if desired.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If gin's not your thing, use tequila for a more robust kick. I've done this and loved the twist it gave.
  • Light Rum: A dark rum can work instead of light rum, adding richer flavors.
  • Vodka: No vodka? Use white rum or even more gin, but remember it'll alter the overall flavor.
  • Peach Schnapps: You can use apricot brandy if you don't have peach schnapps. The drink stays fruity but gains a slightly different tone.
  • Blue Curacao: An orange liqueur can replace this for a color change but with similar citrusy notes.
  • Cointreau: any triple sec will work just fine.

Making a Pitcher of Irish Trash Can:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. Combine them in a large pitcher, but wait to add the Red Bull until serving.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled highball glasses, invert a Red Bull can into each, garnish, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Substitutes: Use corresponding flavored syrups or non-alcoholic substitutes for each of the spirits. Replace Red Bull with a caffeine-free, fruit-flavored soda.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes and follow the original steps for a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Labels: Most spirits are vegan, but always double-check. Also, ensure that your flavored syrups or substitutes are free from animal-derived ingredients.
  • Red Bull: Some people debate whether Red Bull is vegan due to its taurine content. Opt for a verified vegan energy drink if this concerns you.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
234
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.04
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.02
g
0
%
Sodium
 
152
mg
7
%
Carbohydrates
 
14
g
5
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Potassium
 
5
mg
0
%
Protein
 
0.01
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Calcium
 
0.1
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.03
mg
0
%

 

Irish Trash Can Cocktail Drink

Irish Trash Can Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
3 from 1 vote
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Dive into the excitement with our Irish Trash Can recipe! This cocktail is the ultimate party starter with a burst of flavors and an energy drink kick.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 234

Ingredients
 

  • ½ oz Gin
  • ½ oz Light Rum
  • ½ oz Vodka
  • ½ oz peach Schnapps
  • ½ oz blue Curaçao
  • ½ oz Cointreau
  • 1 can Red Bull - or other energy drink
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon or Lime wheel - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Spirits: Pour ½ oz Vodka, ½ oz Gin, ½ oz Light Rum, ½ oz peach Schnapps, ½ oz Cointreau, and ½ oz blue Curaçao into the glass.
  • Add Energy Drink: Open 1 can Red Bull and invert it into the glass. The drink will start to mix with the spirits.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to mix the ingredients gently.
  • Garnish: Add a lemon or lime wheel for garnish, if desired.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If gin's not your thing, use tequila for a more robust kick. I've done this and loved the twist it gave.
  • Light Rum: A dark rum can work instead of light rum, adding richer flavors.
  • Vodka: No vodka? Use white rum or even more gin, but remember it'll alter the overall flavor.
  • Peach Schnapps: You can use apricot brandy if you don't have peach schnapps. The drink stays fruity but gains a slightly different tone.
  • Blue Curacao: An orange liqueur can replace this for a color change but with similar citrusy notes.
  • Cointreau: any triple sec will work just fine.

Making a Pitcher of Irish Trash Can:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. Combine them in a large pitcher, but wait to add the Red Bull until serving.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled highball glasses, invert a Red Bull can into each, garnish, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Substitutes: Use corresponding flavored syrups or non-alcoholic substitutes for each of the spirits. Replace Red Bull with a caffeine-free, fruit-flavored soda.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes and follow the original steps for a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Labels: Most spirits are vegan, but always double-check. Also, ensure that your flavored syrups or substitutes are free from animal-derived ingredients.
  • Red Bull: Some people debate whether Red Bull is vegan due to its taurine content. Opt for a verified vegan energy drink if this concerns you.

What is an Irish Trash Can Cocktail?

Irish Trash Can is a cocktail that combines multiple spirits with an energy drink, usually Red Bull. While the name might raise eyebrows, the drink has gained popularity for its unique mix of flavors and the energetic kick it provides. Unlike traditional cocktails that focus on one or two main ingredients, this cocktail brings together a medley of spirits, making it a go-to choice for those looking to elevate their night.

A side shot of an Irish Trash Can in a highball glass on a white marmol table with three orange slices and an orange on the side, on a dark green background.

What is an Irish Trash Can made of – The Ingredients

Our recipe for an Irish Trash Can needs the following ingredients:

  • Gin: Adds botanical flavors that serve as a foundation for the cocktail.
  • Light Rum: Brings in a touch of sweetness and tropical notes.
  • Vodka: Acts as a neutral spirit, elevating the alcohol content without overshadowing other flavors.
  • Peach Schnapps: Infuse the drink with fruity, peachy undertones.
  • Blue Curacao: Introduces a citrusy kick and gives the drink its signature blue color.
  • Triple Sec: Adds another layer of citrus sweetness, complementing the Blue Curacao.
  • Red Bull: Ties all the flavors together and adds the energetic kick that defines the cocktail.
  • Ice Cubes: Cools down the spirits and dilutes the drink slightly for better balance.
  • Lemon or Lime wedge: Offers a garnish option that adds a final citrusy touch.

Gin, vodka, rum, blue curaçao, peach schnapps, triple sec and red bull laid out on a white bar table

How do you make an Irish Trash Can Drink

To mix together your Irish Trash Can, follow our guide:

1
<p>First, fill your highball glass with ice cubes to prepare it for the cocktail.</p>

First, fill your highball glass with ice cubes to prepare it for the cocktail.

2
<p>Pour ½ ounce of vodka to start with the alcohol content.</p>

Pour ½ ounce of vodka to start with the alcohol content.

3
<p>Pour ½ ounce of gin into the glass to establish the base flavor.</p>

Pour ½ ounce of gin into the glass to establish the base flavor.

4
<p>Add ½ ounce of light rum for sweetness and tropical flair.</p>

Add ½ ounce of light rum for sweetness and tropical flair.

5
<p>Introduce ½ ounce of peach schnapps to bring a fruity dimension.</p>

Introduce ½ ounce of peach schnapps to bring a fruity dimension.

6
<p>Add ½ ounce of Cointreau to amplify the citrus undertones.</p>

Add ½ ounce of Cointreau to amplify the citrus undertones.

7
<p>Incorporate ½ ounce of blue curacao for citrus notes and a vivid blue color.</p>

Incorporate ½ ounce of blue curacao for citrus notes and a vivid blue color.

8
<p>Open a can of Red Bull and invert it into the glass, letting it mix naturally with the spirits.</p>

Open a can of Red Bull and invert it into the glass, letting it mix naturally with the spirits.

9
<p>Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients, ensuring they blend well.</p>

Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients, ensuring they blend well.

10
<p>Optionally, garnish with a lemon or lime wheel to provide a finishing citrus touch.</p>

Optionally, garnish with a lemon or lime wheel to provide a finishing citrus touch.

11
<p>Enjoy your Irish Trash Can drink!</p>

Enjoy your Irish Trash Can drink!

Irish Trash Can Without Redbull

Take away the Red Bull from an Irish Trash Can, and you’re left with a mix of multiple spirits that lack the drink’s typical zest. The overall experience changes, becoming less vibrant and energizing.

What’s the price of an Irish Trish Can?

Making an Irish Trash Can isn’t a budget-breaking endeavor, but it’s not cheap either. You’re mixing six different types of spirits—gin, light rum, vodka, peach schnapps, blue curacao, and triple sec. Each bottle can range from $10 to $30 or more, depending on the brand. Then there’s the Red Bull, which adds a few more bucks to the overall cost. But here’s the upside: Once you’ve stocked up, you’re set to make many of these crowd-pleasers, bringing down the cost per drink. It’s a fun and lively cocktail that can be a starting point for the night or its exhilarating peak. Just remember, those spirits add up in cost and alcohol content.

An Irish Trash Can cocktail in a highball glass on a white marmol table with three orange slices on the side.

Irish Trash Can Variations

Want something different than the original? We recommend these three cocktails:

  • Tequila Sunrise: Bright and eye-catching, it layers tequila, orange juice, and grenadine. The grenadine, added last, creates a gradient effect resembling a sunrise. The interplay of the sweet grenadine and citrusy orange juice over the tequila base fascinates me. It’s the visual appeal that captivates as much as the refreshing taste.
  • Jungle Juice Punch: A vibrant medley of fruit juices, including pineapple, orange, and grape, combined with various alcohols like vodka, rum, and sometimes fruit-flavored liqueurs. Fresh fruit pieces often soak in the mix, absorbing the flavors. The lush fruitiness of this blend captivates me, especially the alcohol-infused juicy fruit pieces that offer delightful bursts of flavor.
  • Trash Can Margarita: A unique blend of tequila, triple sec, and a mix of fruit juices like lime, lemon, and orange characterizes this concoction. An inverted can of beer added to it stands out, introducing an unexpected fizz and depth. The gradual mixing of the beer lightens the drink, offering a refreshing twist that I find particularly enjoyable.

A side shot of an Irish Trash Can in a highball glass on a white marmol table with three orange slices, on a dark green background.

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FAQ

How many calories are in an Irish Trash Can?
It typically has around 350-400 calories, depending on the brands of alcohol and energy drink used.
How strong is an Irish Trash Can in terms of ABV?
The ABV (Alcohol By Volume) usually ranges from 25-30%, depending on the proportions and the brands of alcohol you use.
What types of alcohol are used in an Irish Trash Can?
The drink commonly features gin, light rum, vodka, peach schnapps, blue curacao, and triple sec, along with Red Bull.
In which type of glass is an Irish Trash Can served?
It's typically served in a highball glass.
What does an Irish Trash Can taste like?
The taste is a vibrant mix of fruity and citrus flavors, backed by a strong kick from the spirits and the energy drink.
What is the ratio of the ingredients?
The ratio is generally equal parts of each spirit, with the Red Bull serving as a topper that mixes naturally.
How is the cocktail served with ice and other elements?
The cocktail is usually served over ice. The Red Bull can is often inverted into the glass, allowing it to mix with the spirits.
Does the drink have caffeine?
Yes, the Red Bull adds caffeine to the drink's energetic nature.

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