Green beer is a St. Patrick’s Day staple for many guys — but it can get boring. If you’d like something a bit different this year, mix it up with a festive St. Paddy’s Day cocktail instead. Whether you are hanging out with a few buddies, staying in with your lady, or throwing an epic holiday bash, here are 10 St. Patrick’s Day drink recipes that are definitely worth trying.
Festive ShotsNo St. Paddy's Day celebration is legit without some themed shots. You can find a ton of shot recipes here, from the Irish Frog (Midori and Baileys) to the Irish flag (crème de menthe, Baileys and Grand Marnier).
Irish Apple SourIf you're not Irish, Jameson will help you feel Irish on St. Patrick's Day. The Irish Apple Sour combines Jameson Irish Whisky, Hiram Walker Sour Apple Schnapps and ginger ale. Visit Cocktail Culture for the recipe.
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Rainbow SangriaIf impressing your girl is a part of your St. Patrick's Day plan, definitely skip the green beer and go straight for the sangria. White wine, seltzer water and several layers of fruit make this a great date night beverage. Learn how to make it.
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The Tipsy LeprechaunYou can drink it out of beer glass and it contains beer, so it's at least as good as green beer. This St. Patrick's Day drink combines Irish whiskey, Guinness Stout, Irish cream liqueur, vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and a Maraschino cherry. Visit The Nibble to get the ratios and directions.
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Drunken Irish PotatoWhat's better than green beer? A glass of three kinds of alcohol. The Drunken Irish Potato will live up to its name. Made with Rumchata, Parrot Bay Coconut Rum and Baileys Irish Cream, you'll have a very happy St. Paddy's Day after a few of these. Get the how-to.
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Peppermint PattyTequila may make you think of Cinco de Mayo, but reframe your expectations, because it goes into a delicious St. Patrick's Day drink. A winning alternative to green beer, the Peppermint Patty contains XO Café Tequila, Godiva chocolate raspberry vodka, crème de menthe green liqueur and cream.
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The Last WordIf you're in a relationship, you know the significance of the last word. Regardless of your status, though, this cocktail will help you enjoy St. Patrick's Day more than a standard green beer. This drink contains gin, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, green Chartreuse and freshly squeezed lime juice.
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Green Midori SangriaIf a green drink is what you're after, don't feel bad skipping the green beer when you can have green sangria! Here's what's in it: Pinot Grigio, Midori liqueur, Solerno blood orange liqueur, clover honey, honeydew pieces baby kiwi, limes, green grapes, an apple, and fresh squeezed lemon juice. The measurements are specific, so click here for the details.
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Blas MealaYou'll have to do a little light cooking for this old fashioned Celtic cocktail, but it's worth it. The author describes it as an "orange creamsicle, with a little toasty crunch on top."
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Irish BuckIf you just can't let go of green beer on St. Patrick's Day without replacing it with another green drink, try an Irish Buck cocktail. Made of Irish Whiskey, ginger ale and lime juice, it's simple and delicious.
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