The second week of March is upon us, and St. Patrick’s day is just around the corner. For those itching to try something new as many of us celebrate this lucky Irish holiday at home again this year, Detroitisit has you covered!
Here are 10 cocktails, old and new, sure to shake (and stir) up your luck this St. Paddy’s Day!
Simple, minty, and greedily green, Emerald Isle is a perfectly minimal and festive cocktail for the coming holiday. A great way to spice this one up and to support local businesses as you sip this funky cocktail from your couch is to use Two James’ Old Cockney Gin!
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1 teaspoon green crème de menthe
- 2 dashes bitters
KIWI LIME MINT SANGRIA
There is little more refreshing than fresh, tangy sangria on a spring day. To jazz it up, this recipe by The Sweetest Occasion uses white wine, and silver rum for its light base, and kiwi juice for color! Make sure to make ahead to allow the flavors to incorporate for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
- 4 whole kiwis
- 8 oz silver rum
- 4 oz mint simple syrup
- 12 mint leaves, torn
- 4 cups pinot grigio
- 1 liter club soda
- 2 limes, sliced
- Juice of 1 lime
- Extra kiwi and lime to garnish
BAILEY’S IRISH FLOATS
Sweet, dark, and oh-so-indulgent, Bailey’s Irish Floats are excellent dessert cocktails for this St. Patrick’s Day season. Though it may not be green, the combination of Irish cream and Guinness beer in this cocktail will definitely put you in the St. Patricks Day mood!
- 6 scoops vanilla ice cream
- 2 c. Guinness beer
- 1/2 c. Baileys Irish Cream
- 1/4 c. chocolate syrup
THE IRISH MULE
This Fox and Briar recipe offers a twist on the classic, copper mugged cocktail by substituting Irish whiskey in place of vodka. It’s simply impossible to feel out of luck when sipping on this smooth and gingery drink!
- 2 ounces Irish whiskey
- 6 ounces ginger beer or more!
- juice of half a lime about 1 ounce
- lime slices optional, for garnish
- mint sprig (optional for garnish
The best of the best, and the perfect nightcap drink at a bar or at home, is a warm, satiating Irish Coffee. If you’re truly missing your favorite bartender’s special touch, add a dusting of freshly ground coffee on top of the whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Of course, the fresher the coffee the better, so why not pick some up locally at a local roaster like Ashe Supply Co. or Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company.
- 16 oz. hot water
- 2 tsp. light brown sugar
- 1 c. brewed coffee
- 2 oz. Irish whiskey (such as Jameson)
- 1/2 c. heavy cream for topping
- Chocolate shavings, for garnish
THE BLOODY MOLLY
This festive Bloody Mary recipe, made by the world’s leading Irish whiskey company themselves, is surely the best way to start your St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Jameson pulls out all the stops for this deliciously tangy cocktail, and will without a doubt become a year-round favorite!
- 1 part of Jameson Original
- 0.25 part of dry sherry
- 5 parts of tomato juice
- 2 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
- ½ tsp of celery salt
- 1 twist of black pepper
- 2 dashes of tabasco
- ½ tsp of horseradish sauce
- ½ tsp of sugar
- Garnish with celery, tomato, and prawn
Leite’s Culinaria’s recipe puts a fresh spin on the classic Gimlet, making it an excellent and easy drink to shake up your St. Patrick’s Day! Try your luck using Detroit City Distillery’s Peacemaker Gin for this one, and you won’t regret it!
- 1 (4-inch) chunk cucumber, seeded, peeled or unpeeled
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, from 4 to 6 limes
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1/2 cup simple syrup or light agave nectar
- Your favorite gin
- Ice cubes
Shockingly green and festive, this cocktail is a simple and easy one to master for all of us new to at-home cocktail crafting! “Eye” see some luck in your future with this drink!
- 1 ounce Irish whiskey
- 1/4 ounce green crème de menthe
- 2 ounces cream
- maraschino cherry
Town & Country’s Basil Martini lies somewhere between a Martini and a Margarita and is an excellent choice for all the basil lovers out there. If you’re lost as to what vodka to add to this scrumptious and easy drink, try out Detroit’s own, Valentine Vodka!
- 3-5 fresh basil leaves
- 2.5 oz vodka
- .5 oz lime juice
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1.5 oz sweet-and-sour mix
THE IRISH DERBY
This cocktail may require a slightly larger liquor cabinet, but the drink’s boozy result is definitely worth it! Besides the lime twist garnish and Irish whiskey base, this cocktail may not seem overly festive, but its origins seem to offer otherwise. Stemming from a commemoration of horse betting and drinking, several cocktails were created, including the cocktail The Irish Derby is based off of. We highly recommend betting on yourself with this drink, you’re sure to win!
- 1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey
- 1/2 ounce Carpano Antica sweet vermouth
- 1/2 ounce Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao (or Cointreau)
- 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice from 1/2 lime
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 4-inch lime twist for garnish
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