5 Irish-Inspired Cocktail Recipes That Will Get You in the St. Patty’s Day Mood

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St. Patrick’s Day is a time of celebration, wearing too much green and, of course, tossing back a foamy pitcher of green beer.

But, this year, instead of wasting your money on cheap, hardly palatable brew, why not enjoy a much more elegant and incredibly delicious cocktail — or 10?

Sure, Irish heritage is usually celebrated with a pint of Guinness, but no one will blame you if you take this holiday’s hooch up a notch.

5 Irish-Inspired Cocktail Recipes That Will Get You in the St. Patty’s Day Mood:

1. Cruzan® Strapped Stout

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ parts Cruzan® Black Strap Rum
  • 1 bottle of chocolate or coffee stout beer

Method: Combine ingredients in a pint glass. Stir gently.

2. Luck of Laphroaig®:

Created by Tyson Buhler (New York, NY)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 parts Laphroaig® Select
  • 1/4 part sarsaparilla syrup
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • orange twist

Method: Combine ingredients in a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with orange twist.

3. Basil Hayden’s® Lucky Ginger

Created by Zachary Brian Taylor (San Francisco, CA)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
  • 3/4 parts lemon juice
  • 1/2 part brown sugar syrup*
  • 1 spring of rosemary
  • ginger beer

Method: Combine Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, lemon juice and brown sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker. Remove rosemary needles from the bottom 3/4 of the spring and add to the shaker. Save the top of the spring for use as a garnish. Add ice to shaker and shake. Double strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with the remaining rosemary spring.

*Brown Sugar Syrup Ingredients:

  • 1 part water
  • 1 part brown sugar

Method: Combine water and brown sugar in a saucepan and warm. Stir until sugar is fully dissolved into the water. Pour into an empty container and set aside.

4. Knob Creek® Mint Ginger Old Fashioned

Created by Celebrity Chef Michael Symon

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ parts Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey
  • ginger beer
  • ½ part lemon juice
  • ¼ part green chartreuse
  • 6-8 mint leaves

Method: Combine all ingredients (except ginger beer) in a bar tin with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled Collins glass, top off with ginger beer and garnish with a single mint leaf.

5. Midori® and Ale

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Midori® Melon Liqueur
  • 1 bottle light beer

Method: Combine Midori and light beer in a tall glass. Stir and enjoy!