Beyond Green Beer: Better St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

Originally a celebration of Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint and famous banisher of snakes, this holiday has become for many an excuse to drink green-dyed lager and throw back cheap shots of whiskey. Far be it from us to denigrate this time-honored tradition – St. Pat himself knows we’ve had our fair share of neon-green cherries and enough Shamrock Shakes to last a lifetime. But if you’re looking to class up your celebration a bit this year, read on for a few our favorite St. Patrick’s Day cocktail recipes. Sláinte!
Sloe gin, Sweet vermouth, Aromatic bitters...
Cameron’s Kick
Scotch, Irish whiskey, Lemon...
Irish whiskey, Pickle,
Irish Coffee
Irish whiskey, Coffee, Simple syrup...
Irish whiskey, Sweet vermouth, Orange curaçao...
Banana liqueur, Sweet cream, Crème de cacao...

First up is the Dubliner, a contemporary creation from famed mixologist Gaz Regan and his wife Mardee. It’s a classic, spirit-forward recipe, but it’s not too stuffy to turn its nose up at the obligatory green cherry garnish.

In the same vein, we love the sharp, bracing flavor of the Blackthorne. There’s precious little history on the name, but we like to believe it was named for the native Blackthorn tree – a favored wood for producing shillelagh walking sticks.

If you want to dress up your traditional shot of Irish whiskey, why not try a Pickleback? This one-two shot of whiskey and pickle juice is tastier than it sounds, and the pickle juice itself makes for a decent electrolyte – something your booze-ravaged body will appreciate as the night drags on.

If you’re looking for a sweet drink to toast St. Patty, try a Banshee. It’s a delicious, low-proof banana-cream cocktail named for a female spirit in Irish folklore whose terrifying scream foretold death. It’s a strange moniker for such an affable cocktail, but it’s a perfect toast to the “spirit” of the holiday!

If you need a little kick to the pants after a night of drinking, an Irish Coffee is a classic pick-me-up. If you absolutely must use green food coloring in your drink, try incorporating a drop or two in the whipped cream.

Our last selection is the split-base Cameron’s Kick, equal parts Irish whiskey and Scotch, unified with lemon juice and orgeat.

Purple Cocktails that Don’t Suck

We love a pretty purple cocktail – it looks like something magical, like a mana potion or the juice of some otherworldly fruit. But does it taste good? We’ve found twelve solid purple cocktails that were actually good enough to make it in the Cocktail Party app.

What’s Next After the Negroni? Alternatives to the Classic Bitter Cocktail

The venerated Negroni has introduced a whole new generation to the acrid beauty of Campari, and other bitter citrus apéritif like Gran Classico or Luxardo. That said, it’s not the end of the story – the Negroni is simply the first step on a journey of bitter delights. Read on for some of our favorite alternatives to your usual Negroni!

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