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Irish Trash Can

irish trash can cocktails topped with red bull

Let me tell you about an amazing drink that’s sure to surprise you – the Irish Trash Can. Don’t let the name fool you. This cocktail is a vibrant, fun blend that’s perfect for a lively night out. It’s a mix of various liquors and a touch of energy drink, creating a unique flavor that’s both refreshing and exciting. Ready to dive into this adventurous drink?

Tasting Notes

The Irish Trash Can is a wild ride for your taste buds. Imagine a fruity, slightly sweet taste with a kick of energy. It’s a colorful mix that tastes as good as it looks. The blend of spirits gives it a complex flavor, while the energy drink adds a zesty, refreshing twist. It’s perfect for those who love a bold, fun, and energetic drink.


  • 1/2 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz Light Rum
  • 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Peach Schnapps
  • 1/2 oz Blue Curaçao
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • 1 can of Energy Drink (like Red Bull)


  1. Fill a tall glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour in the gin, rum, vodka, peach schnapps, blue curaçao, and triple sec over the ice.
  3. Gently float the energy drink on top by turning the can upside down and placing it in the glass.
  4. Stir slightly and enjoy!

Pro Tips

  • Go slow with the stir! Over-mixing can muddle the colors.
  • Try using different flavors of energy drink for a twist.
  • Serve with a straw for easier sipping.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

For the best Irish Trash Can, quality matters. Here are some brand recommendations:

  • Gin: Bombay Sapphire or Beefeater
  • Light Rum: Bacardi or Captain Morgan
  • Vodka: Smirnoff or Absolut
  • Peach Schnapps: DeKuyper or Archers
  • Blue Curaçao: Bols or Marie Brizard
  • Triple Sec: Cointreau or Grand Marnier
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Similar Cocktails

  1. Long Island Iced Tea – A classic with a similar spirit mix.
  2. Blue Lagoon – For lovers of Blue Curaçao.
  3. Sex on the Beach – Another fruity favorite.
  4. Zombie – A potent, rum-heavy option.
  5. Adios Motherf***er (AMF) – Another colorful, strong cocktail.


The Irish Trash Can is a relatively new cocktail, popping up in the early 2000s. It’s known for its unique presentation and vibrant color, which quickly made it popular among younger crowds looking for something different. Its origin is a bit of a mystery, but it’s become a staple in bars, especially for festive occasions.


Q: Is it very strong?
A: Yes, it’s a potent mix of several liquors, so enjoy responsibly!

Q: Can I make it less strong?
A: Sure, just reduce the amount of each liquor.

Q: What’s with the energy drink?
A: It adds a unique flavor and a boost of energy.

Q: Why is it called an Irish Trash Can?
A: The name is a playful nod to its mix of ingredients and vibrant color.

Q: Can I make it without Blue Curaçao?
A: Yes, but you’ll miss out on the signature blue color.

irish trash can cocktails topped with red bull

Irish Trash Can

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz Rum
  • 1/2 oz Triple sec
  • 1/2 oz Blue Curacao
  • 1/2 oz Peach Schnapps
  • 1 can Red Bull Energy drink


  1. Get a tall glass and pour in Blue Curaçao
  2. Fill it with ice
  3. Pour in vodka, gin, rum, triple sec, and peach schnapps
  4. Top the mix with the energy drink and leave the can inserted, upside-down
Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

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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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