St. Patrick’s Day marks the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. This day also marks the arrival of Christianity in the country. Traditionally, people would gather as communities at church services followed by hour-long feasts. Over the years, this day has become a notoriously boozy celebration.
On this day, fasting for Lent is suspended, and people indulge in Irish foods. Green is everywhere, and people indulge on yummy cocktails and drinks. Here are some fantastic Patrick's Day cocktails and drinks recipes.
Garden Elixir via Food and Wine
Cilantro adds fresh, herbal flavor to this gin cocktail. For even more of a cilantro kick, lightly muddle the leaves in the shaker before adding the ice and gin.
Shamrock Juice Cocktail via MixThatDrink
Need another green cocktail in your life? The Shamrock Juice fills that bill. The standard version of this recipe calls for one and a half ounces each of gin, vodka, rum, tequila and blue curacao. That’s the equivalent of something like three and a half standard drinks.
Lucky Leprechaun Rum Punch via FreutCake
This St. Patrick’s Day, skip the green beer and indulge in this Lucky Leprechaun Rum Punch rimmed with crushed Lucky Charms and packed with sparkling pineapple-citrus punch.
It’s easy to make and can also be made non-alcoholic if you are having a St. Patrick’s Day party for kids. Either way it’s a fun green drink to serve the Leprechauns in your life.
Irish Coffee Royale via Real House Moms
If you like your coffee screaming hot like I do, you might want to warm the brandy and Irish cream before adding it to the coffee. The sugar is totally optional – add it only if you like your coffee sweet because the Irish cream is already really sweet.
A simple cocktail that takes just five minutes to make, the Wilde Oscar is a modern take on the Old Fashioned. A traditionally saccharine drink, the addition of bitter stout beer helps to offset some of the sweetness as does using a bourbon with lots of spicy character.