5 Traditional Irish Cocktails for St. Patrick's Day

5 Traditional Irish Cocktails for St Patrick’s Day

What could be more fun than having 5 traditional Irish cocktails to celebrate St Patrick’s Day? Well, maybe an easy traditional Irish meal?! I discovered 5 traditional Irish cocktails during my trip to Ireland. One of the most popular is Guinness Stout.

Guinness Stout
Guinness Stout

Guinness Stout

When it comes to drinking Guinness, the Irish know best. This world-famous stout, brewed in Dublin, Ireland, has been a cherished beverage for centuries.

Guinness tastes best when served on draft, but only in a Pub or Bar that sells a lot of Guinness. If the stout sits in the tap line for over an hour, it loses its freshness. For my Guinness cocktails, I choose nitrogenated cans.

Pop the tab on the can and let the can sit for a moment. You can hear the surge of bubbles from the nitrogen-filled capsule contained in each can of Guinness. The sound reminds me of a can of Reddi Whip when you squirt whipped cream over that piece of Thanksgiving pie. 

Don’t have a Guinness Pint glass? Get one here. Pour the contents of the can into an official Guinness tulip-shaped pint glass at a 45-degree angle. Let the beer settle while you wait for the creamy head to form on the top of the stout. Now take your first sip.

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Baileys Irish Cream

Baileys Irish Cream
Baileys Irish Cream

The Baileys website describes Baileys as:

One of life’s most pleasurable indulgences, Baileys Original Irish Cream is the sweetest meeting of fine Irish whiskey and spirits, Irish dairy cream, and rich chocolate and vanilla flavors. The result? Complete deliciousness.

I have to agree. So versatile, Baileys can be served straight up, on the rocks, or with other liqueurs to make fabulous cocktails. Check out my Baileys recipes

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Other Traditional Irish Cocktails

A popular Irish shooter resembling the iconic Irish stout. The Baby Guinness
A popular Irish shooter resembling the iconic Irish stout. The Baby Guinness

Baby Guinness is a popular layered shooter that mimics the appearance of a tiny pint of the famous Irish stout. Baileys Irish Cream is carefully layered on Kahlua to create this delightful drink, strikingly resembling the iconic dark beer with a creamy head. The rich and sweet flavors of Baileys complement the coffee notes of Kahlua, resulting in a smooth and indulgent shot that’s both visually appealing and delicious. This miniature concoction is often a dessert-like treat at parties and gatherings.

Irish Whiskey & Cranberry - Pleasantly sharp, smooth and rich, with a hint of vanilla undertones
Irish Whiskey & Cranberry – Pleasantly sharp, smooth and rich, with a hint of vanilla undertones

Mixing cranberry juice with Irish whiskey creates a delightful and refreshing cocktail that combines the tartness of cranberries with the smooth warmth of the whiskey. The fruity and slightly tangy cranberry notes complement Irish whiskey’s rich and complex flavors, resulting in a balanced and flavorful drink perfect for casual gatherings and more formal occasions.

Craving a Guinness without the bite? You've absolutely got to try a Black & Black!
Craving a Guinness without the bite? You’ve absolutely got to try a Black & Black!

Adding Black Currant Liqueur to a Guinness Stout can create a delightful fusion of rich, dark beer flavors with the sweet and slightly tart notes of black currants, resulting in a unique and flavorful beverage that enhances the stout’s complexity. You can thank the Leprechauns for this twist on a Guinness Stout, called the Black & Black.

BONUS St Patrick’s Day Cocktail

Irish Car Bomb, drink up!
Irish Car Bomb, drink up!

Another favorite St Patrick’s Day celebration cocktail that is not traditionally Irish is the Irish Car Bomb drink. This cocktail was actually invented in Connecticut. The Irish Car Bomb is a popular cocktail consisting of Guinness Stout, Irish cream liqueur, and Irish whiskey. The ingredients are usually layered and consumed quickly, combining creamy, sweet, and intense flavors.

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Traditional Irish Meal Corned Beef and Cabbage

Enjoying corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day is a cherished tradition for many, especially in Irish-American households. The dish, featuring succulent corned beef alongside tender cabbage, carrots, and potatoes, is a delicious way to celebrate the festive spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, bringing friends and family together for a hearty and flavorful meal.

This delicious classic corned beef recipe is the perfect meal to serve at your St Patrick’s Day party. Easy to prepare, Classic Corned Beef simmers for 4 – 5 hours, giving you time to decorate and get ready for the party! Any leftover corned beef can be used for leftovers or sandwiches.

Quick links to Recipes and Holiday Decorations

Guinness
Guinness. I love the nitrogenated cans
Bailey's Irish Cream
Find your favorite Baileys cocktail recipe here
A popular Irish shooter resembling the iconic Irish stout. The Baby Guinness
A popular Irish shooter resembling the iconic Irish stout. The Baby Guinness
Craving a Guinness without the bite? You've absolutely got to try a Black & Black!
Craving a Guinness without the bite? You’ve absolutely got to try a Black & Black!
Irish Whiskey & Cranberry - Pleasantly sharp, smooth and rich, with a hint of vanilla undertones
Irish Whiskey & Cranberry – Pleasantly sharp, smooth and rich, with a hint of vanilla undertones
Irish Car Bomb, drink up!
This Irish Car Bomb cocktail is not traditional, but oh so good!
St. Patrick's Day Sign
St. Patrick’s Day Sign 24 inches
Welcome Shamrock Doormat Thick 100% Coir Coconut Husk Front & Made in The USA - Doormat (24x36)
Welcome Shamrock Doormat Thick 100% Coir Coconut Husk Front & Made in The USA – Doormat (24×36)
St. Patrick's Day Decorating Ideas
St. Patrick’s Day Decorating Ideas. Door wreath, similar 60 inch sign to the right, 24 inch sign to the left, and door mats.
St Patrick's Day Door Mat and Runner (low profile) 17.7"x47.2"+17.7"x23.6"
St Patrick’s Day Door Mat and Runner (low profile) 17.7″x47.2″+17.7″x23.6″
St. Patrick's Day Sign
Similar St. Patrick’s Day Sign 60 inches
Galway Ireland
Galway Ireland

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