30 St. Patrick's Day Drinks to Get the Party Started
St. Patrick's Day only comes once a year, so make it count with one of these festive drinks. Whether you're looking for Irish whiskey-spiked cocktails (try this Smoky Irish Wolfhound with grapefruit juice or this frozen Lemon Whiskey Slush), beer-based beverages (this Guinness Float is a boozy twist on the diner classic), bright green shots and cocktails (these lime-flavored Jell-O Shots are topped with creamy liqueur and this Pickletini is delightfully salty), or alcohol-free mocktails (people of all ages will love this Mint Cooler), you're sure to get the party started with one of these St. Patrick's Day drinks.
Dublin Kiss (St. Patrick's Day Shot)
A splash of creme de menthe gives this creamy shot a minty pop of flavor. It may taste like dessert, but be warned: The Dublin Kiss packs a punch.
Even people who don't love dark beer will enjoy this boozy twist on the classic root beer float. You can adjust the ice cream-to-beer ratio to suit your taste.
Irish Cream and Coffee
"This is my preferred way of drinking coffee," says reviewer IngridKJord. "SO yummy and it gives you that warm all over feeling ... like you could snuggle into some blankets on the couch. A definite for winter I LOVE these!"
Who needs fast food when you can make this springtime drive-thru staple in the comfort of your own kitchen? Green food coloring and sprinkles are optional, but definitely recommended.
Smoky Irish Wolfhound
"The hint of smoky flavor is just enough to balance out the sweet and spicy ginger beer and tang from the grapefruit juice," according to recipe creator France C. "Use a high-quality Irish whiskey for best results!"
JR's Irish Whiskey Cocktail
Fruity flavors like citrus and cherry make this Irish whiskey cocktail a smooth sipper. Recipe creator Soup Loving Nicole recommends garnishing with an additional lemon or orange peel.
St. Patrick's Day Jell-O Shots
Don't get us wrong, we love a classic Jell-O shot — but this fun take on the party staple, made with strawberries and cream liqueur and Irish whiskey, is absolutely perfect for a St. Patrick's Day celebration.
Vodka Lemonade with Mint
This cool and refreshing cocktail was created with summertime in mind, but the vibrant green garnish means it'll fit right in with the rest of your St. Paddy's Day spread.
Dublin Drop Cocktail
"This classic St. Patrick's Day drink is simply a shot glass filled with Irish cream and Irish whiskey, dropped into a glass of stout beer," according to this recipe description. "The combination of the three will knock you off your feet!"
Here's a non-alcoholic St. Patrick's Day cocktail people of all ages will surely love. Garnish with a lime wedge or slice to add a little something extra.
"A recipe from my Grandma Briere who was a bartender for 30 years," says recipe creator Kim. "Original price for this drink in the 70s was $1.60. Garnish with an orange slice, cherry, or any other fruit."
Green Power Mojito Smoothie
For the health nuts in your house! This delicious and nutritious smoothie is perfect for a St. Patrick's Day breakfast, lunch, or snack.
Awesome Apple Martinis
It's easier than you think to make a mixologist-level appletini. You need just three easy-to-find ingredients: vodka, apple juice, and apple schnapps.
This is a dirty martini for people who hate olives. The pickly green color makes it a festive option for your holiday menu.
Homemade Dill Pickle Vodka
"I enjoy infusing different spirits with unique veggies or fruits," says recipe creator Yoly. "Infusing spirits is so easy but patience is a must in order to achieve the final product."
Though this is technically a Halloween cocktail, we think Slime Punch (made with lemon-lime soda and lime sherbet) makes total sense for St. Patrick's Day.
The Real Mojito
"This is the best recipe," according to reviwer LeslieRN72. "Here is a bit of advice though: Plan to make 2 or more pitchers if you have more than a couple of friends. These mojitos go down easily and are gone in a flash!"
You'd be hard-pressed to think of a green drink more classic than absinthe. Be careful with this one: It packs a serious punch.
Baileys Sundae Coffee Drink
Make your Irish cream and coffee extra special by adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream. If you prefer a sweeter shake, add sugar to suit your taste.
Baileys Hot Chocolate
Lemon Whiskey Slush
Make this deceptively strong slush with Irish whiskey for an icy St. Patrick's Day treat. Serve in a copper mug for a Moscow mule-inspired presentation.
Hot Irish Whiskey
"My best friend who just happens to be Irish made this drink for me one cold night in Chicago and since then, I have been hooked," says recipe creator Kat G. "Warning: It is very potent, just one of these will warm you up and basically make you good for nothing afterwards — what a treat!"
This non-alcoholic drink has only two ingredients: one bottle of lemon-lime sports drink and one bottle of lemon-lime soda.
Sneaky Shamrock Shake
Looking for a delicious way to sneak in some healthy greens on St. Patrick's Day? Look no further than this spinach-spiked Shamrock Shake copycat.
Agua Fresca de Pepino (Cucumber Limeade)
"This is my all-time favorite drink," says recipe creator Yoly. "So refreshing and so tasty. Make sure you chill it before drinking or add lots of ice."
"This is one of my favorite punch recipes," says recipe creator Amy M. "It is perfect for St. Patrick's Day and looks very festive in a punch bowl or punch fountain. There are never any leftovers when I serve this punch!"
Frozen Derby Mint Juleps
You may associate mint juleps with the Kentucky Derby, but we think this frozen take on the classic minty cocktail works just as well on St. Patrick's Day.
"I have been asked by everyone, 'How do you make your margaritas?' Everyone says I make the best," says recipe creator Katherine. "I like them, maybe you will too."
"Delicious green tea powder blended into a creamy drink that's better than Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino," according to recipe creator Cookin_In_Cali. "I use DoMatcha as it is the best quality around."
This vintage drink is creamy, minty, and absolutely delicious. Garnish with a mint leaf for an added pop of green color.