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16 Must-Try Irish Cocktails

I’m serving up an array of Irish cocktails that bring together the best of Ireland’s spirited flavors and traditions. Each drink is a masterful blend of Ireland’s finest, from the warmth of whiskey to the zest of fresh ingredients, perfect for anyone who loves a good story in their sip. My favorite part? The way these recipes celebrate both the old and the new, making every drink a toast to Irish culture. Trust me, you’ll want to explore this roundup for a genuine taste of Ireland’s finest cocktails.

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irish coffee cocktail on a wooden bar top
Irish coffee puts an alcoholic slant on everyone’s favorite eye-opener. The basic concept is simple. Add some Irish whiskey to your coffee and you’ve got a delicious, caffeinated cocktail! This Irish coffee recipe uses sweet, creamy java as its foundation. This quick, easy drink needs only four common ingredients. Mix whiskey, hot coffee, brown sugar, and cream, and enjoy.
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irish mule in copper mug
Leave your donkey at home! The Irish mule uses whiskey, ginger beer, and lime juice to recreate one of the most beloved cocktails. These ingredients fuse into a pleasantly spicy citrus delight. The recipe makes single servings. However, each comes together quickly, so invite your friends and neighbors for happy hour.
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irish car bomb shot
Irish car bombs are fun and interactive drinks with unfortunate names. The title references the sectarian unrest in Ireland as well as the drinking method. Begin by preparing the shot. Combine Irish whiskey and Irish cream. Pour a Guinness pint and drop the shot into the glass. Down the contents quickly for the maximum effect. The Irish cream softens the stout’s bitterness.
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irish maid with lime and mint on the wooden table
Cucumber, lemon juice, and whiskey seem like strange bedfellows. These disparate ingredients come together for the Irish maid, a beautiful, elegant cocktail. The drink requires a little time and work. Bartenders need to muddle cucumbers to release their juices. The cocktail also calls for honey simple syrup, which you need to prepare ahead of time. Mix the muddled cucumber and honey simple syrup with whiskey, elderflower liqueur, and lemon juice.
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Glass of black velvet cocktail made from a combination of stout and champagne
The black velvet allows drinkers to indulge their love of working-class booze and elegant alcohol. The cocktail calls for two ingredients that work together to make a smooth, sensory delight. Simply add some champagne to Guinness and partake responsibly. The champagne tempers the stout’s bitter edges, without sacrificing the distinct, yeasty flavor.
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nutty irishman cocktail with a nutty note and whipped cream
The nutty Irishman is simultaneously simple and impressive. The shot’s layers cut a striking image. The shot is creamy and full of hazelnut flavor. You’ll need only two ingredients: hazelnut liqueur and Irish cream liqueur. Floating the cream on top of the hazelnut liqueur is the trickiest part, but can be achieved with patience and practice.
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irish flag shot
Honor your Irish heritage by drinking the national colors. The Irish flag shot layers creme de menthe, Irish cream, and Grand Marnier into one striking drink. The layers remain separate and distinct until they hit your mouth. Mint, orange, and cream are an odd combination, but the effect is a bright burst of flavor, certain to awaken your taste buds.
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Add a little Irish to your Manhattan without sacrificing any of the sophistication. Opt for an Irish whiskey to give your drink the taste of the Emerald Isle. Despite its pedigree, the Irish Manhattan is a simple drink to make. Combine Irish whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. Each serving takes about three minutes to prepare, making it a perfect drink for your fancy St. Patrick’s Day dinner party.
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Elevate your lemonade game with Irish whiskey and ginger beer. The spicy soda deepens the cocktail's flavor and adds playful bubble bursts. Beginner bartenders will have no trouble mixing Irish lemonade. Pour lemon juice, whiskey, and simple syrup into a shaker and give them a good mix. Top the mixture with ginger beer and enjoy!
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sugarandcharm.com
The drunken leprechaun cocktail captures the essence of the Emerald Isle. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow requires some preparation and time. Bartenders need to make honey simple syrup and a Guinness reduction before pouring the first drop of alcohol. These ingredients, combined with lemon juice, Irish whiskey, and mint leaves, make a sweet, citrus, and minty sip.
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Irish Sour 6
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The sour cocktail family is wide, with a long, storied history. The Irish sour puts a unique citrus spin on the drink. The sweet cocktail packs a powerful fruit punch thanks to grapefruit and lemon juice. The drink mixes easily but requires quite a few ingredients. Be sure you have Irish whiskey, white vermouth, pink grapefruit juice, simple syrup, lemon juice, grenadine, maraschino liqueur, orange bitters, and club soda.
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Pucker up! The Irish kiss cocktail is sure to put drinkers in a smooching mood. The sweet drink pairs fruit flavors with smooth whiskey and warm ginger for a pleasant sip. The Irish kiss combines peach schnapps and orange juice for the fruit base. Irish whiskey lends each swallow a velvety kick. Ginger beer rounds out the flavor profile with pleasant warmth and playful bubbles.
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Simple and elegant, the Irish derby cocktail prominently features bright citrus flavors. Lime and orange pair up for a sunny fruit flash. Irish whiskey provides a smooth alcohol base. Bartenders at every level can easily make the drink. Combine the whiskey, sweet vermouth, orange curacao, lime juice, and bitters. Serve chilled and enjoy!
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Looking for an alcoholic alternative to the Shamrock shake? The Irish eyes cocktail mixes lots of mint flavor with plenty of cream. The bright green drink comes together quickly and easily. Just mix Irish whiskey, creme de menthe, and cream. The cocktail is creamy, delicious, and full of Irish flavor.
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Luck of the Irish OG
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Switch out your four-leaf clover for this bright green cocktail. The luck of the Irish immediately grabs attention with its electric color. The taste, however, keeps you coming back. The cocktail owes its hue to food coloring. The green shade may fool you into expecting a mint flavor, but the luck of the Irish is fruity. Peach schnapps, pineapple juice, lemon-lime soda, and Irish whiskey come together into a mild, summery sip.
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Black Gold
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The black gold cocktail uses a stout-styled Jameson. The alcohol combines the best elements of beer and whiskey. The black gold cocktail is simple and elegant. Kahlua gives the cocktail a coffee kick. Orange juice brightens the drink with a burst of citrus. Bartenders of every skill level can simply mix bitters, Kahlua, Jameson, and orange juice into the perfect sip.
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A refreshing drink of Jameson Irish Whiskey with Ginger Ale. The drink is served in a highball glass, filled with ice and garnished with a lime wedge. The glass is placed on a wooden bar counter, with a bottle of Jameson and a bottle of ginger ale beside it. The background shows a relaxed pub atmosphere with soft, warm lighting and shelves stocked with various bottles.

16 Irish Cocktail Recipes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 2 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: irish cocktails
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
Discover the best of Irish cocktails with our roundup. Simple, flavorful, and authentically Irish. Start mixing now!

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16 Must-Try Irish Cocktails
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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