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40+ St Patrick’s Day Shots, Shooters, and Cocktails

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Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with these libations.

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with these libations.

Celebrate St Paddy's Day in Style!

There is a quite a variety of St Patrick's Day drinks to help you celebrate this fun holiday! They range from the simple shot of straight Irish whiskey to more complicated concoctions, like the layered Irish Flag Shooter (which looks good, but is an acquired taste) or the delectable Paddy's Girl cocktail with whiskey, Kahlua, Baileys, espresso, and cream.

Some drinks feature the flavors of Ireland such as whiskey and Bailey's and others celebrate the holiday's signature focus on green using liquors and liqueurs like Midori or crème de menthe.

Enjoy celebrating St Patrick’s Day with these libations—you've got plenty to choose from! Check out the overview of the drinks and their ingredients, and then scroll down to get the full instructions on how to make each one.

15 Awesomely Irish and Green Shots

ShotIngredients

1. Shamrock Shooter

2 oz Midori, 1/2 oz Irish Whiskey, 1/2 oz Baileys

2. The Irish Frog

3/4 oz Midori, 3/4 oz Baileys

3. Irish Flag Shooter

1 part crème de menthe, 1 part Baileys, 1 part Grand Marnier

4. Irish Cowboy

1 part Baileys, 1 part bourbon

5. Irish Frost

1 shot Baileys, splash of coconut creme, splash of half & half

6. Dirty Irish Whiskey

1 part Baileys, 1 part Irish whiskey

7. After 8

1 part Baileys, Kahlua, and crème de menthe

8. Gold Emerald Shooter

1/2 oz each Goldschlager, vodka, and Midori Melon Liquor

9. Irish Hammer

1 part each Jack Daniel's, Irish Mist, and Irish cream

10. Green With Envy Shot

1 oz Applehead Infused Canadian Whiskey, 1/2 oz Sour Apple Pucker, splash of sweet and sour mix

11. Nutty Irishman

1/2 oz each Frangelico, Baileys Irish Cream, cream

12. Baby Guinness

3/4 oz Kahlua, 1/4 oz Baileys Irish Cream

13. The Dubliner

1/2 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey, 1/2 oz Irish Mist

14. The Drunk Leprechaun

1/2 oz each crème de menthe, Green Chartreuse, Irish whiskey, and a dash of bitters

15. Chocolate Almond

1/2 ounce each amaretto, dark crème de cacao, and Irish creme liqueur

11 Green Cocktails

CocktailIngredients

1. Green Martini

2 shots gin, 1/2 shot green chartreuse

2. Everybody's Irish

4 parts Irish whiskey, 1 part green chartreuse, 1 part green crème de menthe

3. Lollipop

2 parts green chartreuse, 2 parts kirschwasser, 2 parts triple sec, 1 tsp maraschino liqueur

4. Pago Pago

6 parts gold rum, 1 tsp white crème de cacao, 1 tsp green chartreuse, 2 parts fresh lime juice, 2 parts pineapple juice

5. Irish Eyes

1 oz Irish whiskey, ¼ oz green creme de menthe, 2 oz cream

6. Irish Pride

3 oz green crème de menthe, 3 oz amaretto, 2 oz lemon juice

7. Green Fizz

½ tsp powdered sugar, 1 egg white, juice of 1/2 lemon, 2 oz dry gin, 1 tsp green crème de menthe, carbonated water

8. Shamrock Cocktail

1 tsp green crème de menthe, ½ oz vermouth, 1½ oz Irish whiskey

9. St. Patrick's Day Green

1 oz Midori melon liqueur, 1 oz whiskey sour mix, 2 oz Sprite soda

10. Midori Alexander

2 oz Midori melon liqueur, 1 oz white crème de cacao, 2 oz half-and-half

11. Midori Cosmopolitan

¾ oz Midori, 2 oz citrus vodka, splash of white cranberry juice

8 More Irish-ish Cocktails

CocktailIngredients

1. The Ugly Leprechaun

1.5 oz vodka, 1/2 oz Irish whiskey, 1/2 oz melon liqueur, 1/4 oz fresh lime juice, 1/2 oz simple syrup, 2 oz kiwi puree

2. One Ireland

4 parts Irish whiskey, 1 part green crème de menthe, small scoop vanilla ice cream

3. Black Velvet

1 part Guinness, 2 parts Champagne

4. Tipperary

2 parts Irish whiskey, 1 part sweet vermouth, green chartreuse

5. Irish Cow

2 oz. Irish whisky, 8 oz. hot milk, dash sugar

6. Leprechaun

2 oz Irish whiskey, tonic water, lemon twist

7. Paddy's Girl

1 shot of Irish whiskey, 1 shot of Baileys Irish cream, 1 shot of Kahlua, 1 shot of espresso

8. The Fruity Irishman

2 parts Baileys Irish Cream, 1 part Midori

6 Guinness-Based Drinks

Cocktail Ingredients

1. Black and Tan

1 part lager, 1 part Guinness

2. Black and Gold

1 part Guinness, 1 part cider

3. Guinness Shandy

1/2 pint Guinness, 1/2 pint lemonade

4. Black Bull

1 part Guinness, 1 part Red Bull

5. Dublin Milkshake

1 pint Guinness, 1 shot Tia Maria

6. Black Custard

1 pint Guinness, 1 shot Baileys

3 Classic Cocktails That Work for St Paddy's Day

Cocktail Ingredients

1. Irish Coffee

4 parts hot coffee, 1 tsp brown sugar, 2 parts Irish whiskey, 1 1/2 parts cream

2. Grasshopper

1 part fresh cream, 1 part white crème de cacao, 1 part crème de menthe

3. Appletini

3 parts vodka, 3 parts apple schnapps, 1 part triple sec

Great Shots for St. Patrick's Day

Here are some of my favorite St Paddy's day shooters, as well as some that I haven't had the chance to try yet. Let me know your favorites in the comments section below!

1. Green With Envy Shot

You'll like this shot if you prefer more tropical-tasting drinks.

  • 1 part coconut rum
  • 1 part blue curacao
  • 1 oz pineapple juice

Shake with ice and strain into a shot glass.

2. The Irish Frog

Now, this shot is a little harder because you have to layer it.

  • ¾ oz Midori
  • ¾ oz Baileys
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Both of these liqueurs have to be chilled beforehand. Pour the Midori into the shot glass and carefully float the Baileys on top.

Irish Flag

Irish Flag

3. Irish Flag Shooter

This classic layered shot for St Patrick’s Day is a somewhat acquired taste, but boy does it look the part.

  • 1 part crème de menthe
  • 1 part Baileys
  • 1 part Grand Marnier

Pour the crème de menthe into a shot glass first, float the Baileys on top and let it settle before floating the Grand Marnier on top.

How to Layer Shots

Layering shots can be done using the back of a spoon, but the main thing is controlling the flow of the alcohol. Make sure that you have pourers on the bottles to get a nice even flow. When using the back of a spoon, hold it just above the alcohol that you wish to layer the next shot onto and pour slowly. Practice plenty of times and you’ll get the knack for it which will really impress your friends. Personally, I like to use a dime spoon, which is also called a bar spoon.

Sometimes the whole idea of layering shots seems just too hard. This could be because of the sheer volume of people at your party or it could be because you’re also drinking yourself! Whatever the reason there are some great shots that are designed to be shaken instead of layered.

4. Irish Cowboy

  • 1 part Baileys
  • 1 part bourbon

Pour both into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a shot glass to enjoy.

5. Irish Frost

  • 1 shot Baileys
  • splash of coconut cream
  • splash of half and half

Pop all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain and serve in a shot glass.

6. Dirty Irish Whiskey

  • 1 part Baileys
  • 1 part Irish whiskey

Pour both into a mixing glass with ice and stir, then strain into a shot glass to serve.

7. After 8

This is one of my favorite shots to include for St Patrick’s Day since it contains Baileys as well as the greenness factor with crème de menthe.

  • 1 part Baileys
  • 1 part Kahlua
  • 1 part green crème de menthe

Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a shot glass to enjoy—this shooter is one of my all-time favorites.

8. Gold Emerald Shooter

This shot is very beautiful and has a surprising taste — the bright green color with the gold flecks is sure to be a winner.

  • 1 part vodka
  • 1 part Goldschlager
  • 1 part Midori

Shake with ice and strain into a shot glass.

9. Irish Hammer

With a name like that, how could you resist trying this drink for the holiday? This smooth shot from MixThatDrink.com combines the flavors of whiskey, Irish Mist, and Irish Cream.

  • 1 part Jack Daniels
  • 1 part Irish Mist
  • 1 part Irish cream

Shake all ingredients with ice and pour into a shot glass.

Shamrock Shooter

Shamrock Shooter

10. Shamrock Shooter

  • 2 oz Midori
  • ½ oz Irish whiskey
  • ½ oz Baileys

Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake well. Strain into a shot glass to serve. This is a delicious shooter to get the party started and I’m not even a great fan of whiskey!

11. Nutty Irishman

  • 1 part Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 1 part Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
  • 1 part cream

Shake with ice and strain into a shot glass.

12. Baby Guinness

  • 2 1/2 oz Kahlua
  • 1/2 oz Baileys Irish Cream

Pour the Kahlua first, almost filling the shot glass. Then carefully layer the Baileys on top, making it look like the head of a beer.

13. The Dubliner

  • 1 part Irish whiskey
  • 1 part Irish Mist

Shake with ice and pour into a shot glass. Add a little whipped cream on top.

14. The Drunk Leprechaun

  • 1 part crème de menthe
  • 1 part green chartreuse
  • 1 part Irish whiskey
  • Dash bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a shot glass.

15. Chocolate Almond

This is a yummy layered shot that counts for St. Patrick's Day because of the Baileys.

  • 1/2 ounce amaretto liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce dark crème de cacao
  • 1/2 ounce Irish cream liqueur

Chill all the ingredients before using them. Layer them in this order: amaretto, dark crème de cacao, and Irish cream liqueur.

Green Cocktail Recipes

If you’d prefer not to be making shots constantly then what about mixing up some fantastic St Patrick’s Day cocktails?

1. Green Martini

  • 2 shots gin
  • 1/2 shot green chartreuse

Shake ingredients with ice and serve in a martini glass. Garnish with an olive.

2. Everybody's Irish

  • 4 parts Irish whiskey
  • 1 part green chartreuse
  • 1 part green crème de menthe

Stir in a glass to mix with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

3. Lollipop

  • 2 parts green chartreuse
  • 2 parts kirschwasser
  • 2 parts triple sec
  • 1 tsp maraschino liqueur