5 Traditional Irish Cocktails for St. Patrick's Day
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Checklist for a St Patrick’s Day Party

Did you ever wonder what you would need to host a St Patrick’s Day party? Don’t worry; here are the recipes and your shopping list for 6 St Patrick’s Day drinks, some appetizers, and one easy meal. The checklist for a St Patrick’s Day party can be found below.

You can set up your bar cart in advance, start the classic corned beef, and you are ready to go. Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Checklist for a St Patrick's Day Party
Checklist for a St Patrick’s Day Party

For your drinks, you’ll need to purchase some Guinness. Guinness is sold in both bottles and 14.9-ounce cans. I prefer the cans because when you pop the top, you can hear the surge of bubbles from the nitrogen-filled capsule contained in each can of Guinness. I love that sound! The sound reminds me of a can of Reddi Whip when you squirt whipped cream over that piece of Thanksgiving pie.

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Of course, remember the Baileys Irish Cream and the Irish Whiskey. My favorite Irish Whiskey is Bushmills. And then, for a special treat, pick up some Black Current Liqueur and Kahlua.

Checklist for a St Patrick's Day Party
Checklist for a St Patrick’s Day Party

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Besides the alcoholic beverages, add cranberry juice, bottled water, and a selection of soda to your list. Ensure you have pint glassesshot glasses, an ice bucket, shamrock plastic cups, and some cute St. Patrick’s Day beverage napkins.

If you don’t have a bar cart, that’s okay. I’m using a combination bar cart/kitchen cart, and you can purchase the cart here

Checklist for a St Patrick's Day Party
Checklist for a St Patrick’s Day Party

For decorations, check out the shamrock placemats, a ‘Kiss me I’m Irish’ sign, a green hat, and a couple of St Patrick’s Day hand towels. You can’t have enough hand towels when serving drinks. I also found these cute shamrock LED lights that I wrapped around the bar cart legs.

Checklist for a St Patrick's Day Party
Checklist for a St Patrick’s Day Party

Here are 6 St Patrick’s Day drinks that you can serve with the bar ingredients listed above: Guinness Beer, Baileys Irish Cream (served on ice or without), Black & BlackBaby GuinnessIrish Whiskey & Cranberry, and last but not least the Irish Car Bomb cocktail!

Checklist for a St Patrick's Day Party
Checklist for a St Patrick’s Day Party

Now with all those drinks, you need something for your guests to munch on. Try these easy appetizer recipes like Charcuterie BoardHot Artichoke DipMelon wrapped in Prosciutto, or Sausage Dip.

But if you want to go traditional Irish for the main course, try this easy meal of classic corned beef and cabbage

This Classic Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe is easy to prepare. It simmers for 4 – 5 hours, giving you time to decorate and prepare for the party! 

St Patrick’s Day Shopping List for 5 – 6 People for Drinks & Easy Classic Corned Beef

  • 12 Guinness – 14.9 oz cans
  • Irish Whiskey 750 ml bottle
  • Baileys Irish Cream 750 ml bottle
  • Black Current Liqueur 750 ml bottle
  • Kahlua 750 ml bottle
  • Cranberry Juice 64 fl oz bottle
  • Bottled Water 12 pack
  • Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite 6 packs (small bottles)
  • Prepared Corned Beef 4 – 5 lbs
  • Brown Sugar
  • Bay Leaves
  • 1 Bag Small Potatoes (approximately 15)
  • 1 Small Bag Baby Carrots
  • 1 Cabbage Medium Head
  • Spicy Mustard or Horseradish Option

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