A Midori Sour cocktail in an old fashoned glass on a coaster with a jigger, an orange, and a bar spoon around, on a green background.

A Pot o’ Gold in Every Sip: St. Patrick’s Day Drink Ideas

By Andrea Ottaiano

Get ready to spice up your St. Paddy’s Day party with a variety of drink choices! DrinksWorld gathered 22 drink recipes that cater to everyone, from beer fans to cocktail lovers to those opting for non-alcoholic treats. Many of these recipes are easy to make with just a few ingredients and perfect for serving a crowd. So, dive into the joy of the day on March 17th (and maybe catch a parade 🍀) with this catalogue!

And for the beer lovers—we’ve got you covered. While we love a good Irish beer, we’re also thrilled about the fun twist beer-based cocktails bring. Try our Green Beer or Black Velvet for a change.

When it comes to cocktails, keeping things simple is key for a successful St. Patrick’s Day bash. Mix up our Midori Sour, Luck of the Irish Cocktail, and Grasshopper as easy-to-make options.

And for larger gatherings, several of our recipes are designed for big groups. Grab your biggest pitcher or punch bowl and enjoy our Leprechaun punch or Lime Sherbet Punch.

For your non-drinking guests, we’ve included a variety of mocktails, too. Our Irish Cream Soda and Shamrock Shake will be sure hits among your non-drinking guests. And for those craving something sweet, try our Nutty Irishman!

Check out these 22 mixed drinks and cocktails that folks love to sip on St. Patrick’s Day. They nail the holiday vibe with their Irish themes, green colors, and classic ingredients:

Irish Coffee

A side shot of a Irish Coffee in a mug on a wooden table surrounded by coffee beans, a jigger and a bar spoon, in front of a white wall.

Warm up with this classic. Mix hot coffee and Irish whiskey. Add some sugar for sweetness, and top it off with creamy whipped cream.

Guinness Stout

A Dark Beer in a tall beer glass on a white background with three shamrocks around.

Guinness takes the top spot when thinking about iconic St. Patrick’s Day beverages. This dark Irish beer tastes rich and fills you up. It’s perfect for raising a toast to St. Patrick.

Green Beer

A green beer in a tall beer glass on a wooden blackground surrounded by four shamrocks.

Add a few drops of green food coloring to any light-colored beer you like. Just like that, you have a festive green drink to cheer with.

Irish Car Bomb

A Irish cocktail in a shot glass with a dark beer in a glass on a side placed on a grey stone surface surrounded by a brown beer bottle, a bottle opener, and another Irish Bomb shot.

Get ready for a mini-flavor explosion. Drop a shot mixed with Irish cream and whiskey into a half pint of Guinness and drink it fast before it curdles. It’s also known as an Irish Slammer.

Irish Mule

An Irish Mule cocktail in a cupper mug on a light grey surface, surrounded by mint leaves, half lime, a lime wedge, a jigger, and a cupper mug.

An Irish twist on the Moscow Mule. This cocktail mixes Irish whiskey (Jameson is our favorite brand!) with ginger beer and a splash of lime juice, creating a refreshing drink with a punch. Serve it over ice in a copper mug, and add a lime wedge for extra flavor.

Luck of the Irish Cocktail

A Luck of the Irish cocktail in a hurricane glass on a coaster placed on a grey surface with a jigger around.

Whiskey lovers, listen up! The Luck of the Irish cocktail mixes smooth Irish whiskey with sweet peach schnapps, lime and pineapple juice. Soda water and a drop of green food coloring complete the cocktail for a refreshing and fun result. It’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or whenever you’re feeling lucky. Serve it over ice and add a cherry or lime slice on top – you’ll feel like you’ve found your pot of gold!

Midori Sour

A side shot of a Midori Sour cocktail in an old-fashioned glass on a brown coaster placed on a green table with a bar spoon in front and some lemons on the background

Attention all sweet and sour lovers! This cocktail mixes Japanese melon liqueur, Midori, with fresh lemon juice and sugar syrup. The result? A refreshing green drink perfect for any summer party. Pour it over ice in an old fashioned glass and add a cherry and a lemon slice to make it look more inviting.


A side shot of an Apple Martini cocktail in a martini glass on a brown coaster with three apple slices and a lemon on the side, placed on a white marmol table.

Martini fans, get ready! The Appletini takes your favorite vodka and adds a fruity spin with apple schnapps. A splash of lemon juice balances things out, making this cocktail ideal for fun nights.

Lime Sherbet Punch

A Lime Sherbet Punch cocktail in a gin glass placed on a brown table with pink flowers and half lime around.

Citrus lovers, this one’s for you! The Lime Sherbet Punch mixes tangy lime sherbet with fizzy soda to create a refreshing treat. When you stir it up, the sherbet melts into the soda, making a frothy, tasty drink. This punch is an easy crowd-pleaser.

Emerald Isle

Two Emerald Isle cocktails in martini glasses on a white background.

A cocktail that shines bright green. Mix gin with a bit of green crème de menthe and a splash of bitters for a simple yet striking drink.

Irish Flag

Three Irish Flag cocktails in shot glasses on a silver tray placed on a white table.

Celebrate with a shot resembling the Irish flag. Carefully layer green crème de menthe, Baileys Irish Cream, and Grand Marnier in a glass.

Drunk Leprechaun

A Drunk Leprechaun cocktail in a martini glass on a grey wooden background.

Get ready for a blast of fruity flavors! This cocktail mixes Irish whiskey with melon liqueur, blue curaçao, and pineapple juice, creating a bright green drink perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. You can easily make a batch of this as well.

Black Velvet

Two Black Velvet cocktails in champagne flutes on a grey stone surface, surrounded by a champagne cork, a blue cloth, and a brown beer bottle.

A festive choice for sure! Pour champagne over Guinness stout in a glass. The mix of beer and bubbly creates a unique and enjoyable taste.

Shamrock Shake

A Shamrock Shake drink in a milkshake glass with a green straw placed on a dark wooden surface.

This sweet, mint-flavored milkshake goes green for St. Patty’s. It’s a fun, non-alcoholic option that everyone can enjoy. Yes, it’s a copycat of McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. You can make these shakes boozy by adding Baileys and Whiskey.

Last Word Cocktail

A Last Word cocktail, shot from above, in a cocktail glass on a smal plate placed on a brown placemat with a jigger, two limes, a white cloth around.

Calling all gin enthusiasts! This classy mix combines gin, green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, and lime juice into one tasty drink. Its light emerald color will catch everyone’s eye at your next cocktail party. Serve it cold in a fancy coupe glass with a twist of lime on top or a cherry for extra style.

Green Bloody Mary

Switch up your brunch routine with the Green Bloody Mary. This unique version of the classic favorite blends traditional Bloody Mary ingredients mixed with yellow tomatoes, tomatillos and jalapenos for some kick! It’s bold, spicy, yet refreshingly different – great if you love trying new things! Pour it over ice in a tall salt-and-pepper-rimmed glass and top off with celery stalks or pickles.


A side shot of a Grasshopper cocktail in a martini glass with a mint sprig on a black stone plate placed on a green table with a shaker on the background.

Treat yourself to the creamy Grasshopper cocktail! A yummy blend of crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and cream creates this dessert-like beverage that’s richly satisfying and light on the palate – making it the perfect after-dinner treat! Its vivid green color adds to its charm.

Pot o’ Gold Shots

If you want a fun and festive treat, try the Pot o’ Gold Shot! You mix lemon or pineapple Jell-O with cold whiskey to make a jiggly base that’s tangy and strong. Add some Cool Whip for creaminess and put rainbow candy belts on top for fun. Finish it off with gold sprinkles – it’s like finding your own pot of gold at the end of a candy rainbow in one tasty shot!

Irish Cream Soda

An Irish Cream Soda cocktail in a tall glass on a grey plate with a camera and a plant around.

The Irish Cream Soda is your perfect match for those who love a creamy twist. This cocktail combines the smoothness of Irish cream liqueur with the bubbly soda fizz. The result is a delightful drink that’s both sweet and refreshing, with a frothy top layer that adds an extra indulgence. It’s like having dessert in a glass!

Whiskey Ginger

A side shot of a Whiskey Ginger cocktail in a highball glass on a black stone coaster on a green cloth surrounded by a lime wedge, a jigger, a shaker, and a plant, in front of a blue wall.

For those who appreciate simplicity, the Whiskey Ginger is a classic choice. Mix your preferred Irish whiskey with ginger ale for a crisp and refreshing taste experience. The ginger ale’s effervescence and aroma enhance the whiskey’s complex flavors, resulting in an invigorating drink that’s perfect for any occasion.

Nutty Irishman

A side shot of a Nutty Irishman cocktail in a mug on a wooden tray surrounded by a white cloth, a jigger and a plate with nutmegs

If you’re looking for something unique, try the Nutty Irishman! This cocktail mixes Irish cream and hazelnut liqueur to create an incredibly rich and flavorful drink. It’s nutty, creamy, and satisfying, like sipping liquid dessert!

Irish Trash Can

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.

If dynamic flavor combinations are your thing, the Irish Trash Can is a must-try. Combine Irish gin with blue curaçao and peach schnapps for an exciting taste experience. The fizz of the energy drink brings out the cocktail’s flavors.

Learn more about Green Cocktails and Irish Drinks.



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