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Ditch the Green Beer: Get Lucky with these 3 St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

Ditch the Green Beer: Get Lucky with these 3 St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

March 8, 2024.

By John Rondi

“Johnny Drinks” is a father and son duo who went viral by sharing their unique bond over cocktails. Over the years, John and Johnny have surpassed 4 million followers across their channels on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube. But, this duo goes beyond just drinks, they share their incredible family dynamic by teaching valuable life lessons and fatherly advice to the world.

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, it’s time to ditch the green beer and opt for something different this year. Sure, green beer has its place in the hall of fame for St. Patrick’s Day traditions, but let’s shake things up a bit this year. Let us put you on to some cocktails that will have you feeling really lucky.

Before we dive into our favorite St. Patrick’s Day cocktails, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane and remind ourselves of what St. Patrick’s Day is all about.

This beloved holiday traces back to the early 17th century when the feast day of St. Patrick was first celebrated in Ireland. Over the years, the holiday evolved into a lively celebration of Irish culture, complete with parades, music, and dancing. In addition, St. Patrick’s Day is a time for indulging in traditional Irish cuisine. Popular dishes include Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage, and soda bread. Many people also enjoy Irish beverages such as stout and whiskey.

One drink that had a rapid rise in popularity: green beer.

Four tall green beers stand on a wooden bar.

Legend has it, the tradition of green beer began in the early 20th-century when a bartender in New York City accidentally added blue food coloring to beer, turning it green. This happy accident quickly gained popularity, and as St. Patrick’s Day celebrations became more widespread and commercialized, the tradition of serving green beer caught on for each year. Bars and pubs began adding green food coloring to beer as a way to join in the festivities and attract patrons looking for a unique way to celebrate.

While green beer adds a colorful and festive twist to a classic drink, let’s not forget that there are other (and arguably better) ways to toast to the occasion. Without further ado, here are three cocktails we think you should try to make your St. Patrick’s Day 2024 celebration better than finding a pot of gold.

1.    The Dubliner

A martini-style glass with The Dubliner cocktail and a cherry on top, on a marble bar.

What you need:

● 2 ounces Irish whiskey
● 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
● 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
● 3 dashes orange bitters
● Garnish: 1 green maraschino cherry

How you make it:

● Add the whiskey, Grand Marnier, sweet vermouth and orange bitters into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well chilled
● Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
● Garnish with a green maraschino cherry

Why we like it:

It honors the day by showcasing classic Irish whiskey, but adds a (lucky) charming twist with the citrus flavors.

2. Irish Maid

A glass featuring The Irish Maid cocktail, with a cucumber on the lip, on a marble bar top.

What you need:

● 2 slices cucumber, cut into quarter-inch slices
● 2 ounces Irish whiskey
● 1/2 ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur
● 3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
● 3/4 ounce simple syrup
● Garnish: cucumber slice

How you make it:

● Muddle the cucumber slices in a shaker
● Add the Irish whiskey, St-Germain, lemon juice and simple syrup into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled
● Fine-strain into a chilled rocks glass over fresh ice
● Garnish with a cucumber slice

Why we like it:

It’s quick, it’s easy, and its golden color will leaving you feeling extra magical on March 17, 2024.

3. Mint Green Old Fashioned

A Mint Old Fashioned in a glass with a piece of mint on the lip, on a green shamrock background.

What you need:

● 1 Bordeaux maraschino cherry
● 1 mint sprig
● 1/4 ounce Monin mint syrup
● 1/4 orange wheel
● 1/2 teaspoon mint jelly
● 1 dash Angostura bitters
● 1 dash Fee Brothers mint bitters
● 2 ounces Dewar’s 12-year-old scotch
● Garnish: mint sprig

How you make it:

● Add the cherry, mint sprig, mint syrup, orange wheel, mint jelly, Angostura bitters and mint bitters into a mixing glass with a splash of water and muddle, carefully crushing into a paste-like consistency.
● Remove the spent fruit husks and crushed leaves and stems, but keep the flavored paste in the mixing glass.
● Add the scotch and ice, and stir until well-chilled.
● Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
● Garnish with a mint sprig.

Why we like it:

Spins a timeless American cocktail into the perfect festive drink for St. Paddy’s Day. It’ll leave you seeing green! 

So there you have it, three St. Patrick’s Day cocktail recipes that are guaranteed to be a hit on the big day. Regardless of your drink of choice, these festive cocktails are sure to bring a bit of Irish cheer to your festivities. So put down the green beer and pick up one of these tasty cocktails instead.

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These recipes are intended for 21+; please enjoy responsibly!

See more cocktail recipes from Johnny Drinks:

• Fresh Start Cocktail
• Senor~Santa Cocktail
• Cran-Bourbon Twist

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