Irish Drink Recipes

Irish coffee is a delectable treat

Irish drink recipes are great for a St. Patrick's Day party, or for just about any occasion that calls for something strong and hearty. One of the most popular recipes is for Irish coffee, a delicious mixture of Irish whiskey and strong black coffee that is topped with cream.

There are many other recipes just as bold as the Irish coffee such as the Irish Old-Fashioned, the Irish Handshake, the Irish Rose and the Irish Freeze.

Make 10 Popular Irish Drinks

Irish Coffee

This drink was invented just after World War II by an Irish bar man who wanted a drink that would revive airplane passengers after a long flight. This recipe serves two.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces of Irish whiskey
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 12 ounces of any strong coffee
  • Whipped cream for garnish

Directions:

  1. Heat a goblet glass in boiling water. Dry the glass and pour in the whiskey and sugar.
  2. Pour in the hot coffee and stir the drink to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Top the coffee mixture with a generous dollop of whipped cream and serve.

Irish Old-Fashioned

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Dash of Angostura bitters
  • 1.5 ounces of Irish whiskey
  • 1 lemon peel twist
  • 1 slice of orange
  • 1 maraschino cherry

Directions:

  1. Pour all the liquid ingredients into a highball glass.
  2. Stir the liquids together.
  3. Garnish with the fruit and serve.

Irish Car Bomb

This drink is a favorite of barflies everywhere. It tastes something like a chocolate milk shake. Note that it is not for the faint of heart because you have to chug the entire half pint of Guinness in one gulp. If you don't, the cream will curdle.

Ingredients:

  • Half ounce of Bailey's Irish Cream
  • Half ounce of Irish whiskey, such as Jameson
  • Half pint of Guinness beer

Directions:

  1. Pour the Guinness into a highball glass.
  2. Fill a one ounce shot glass with the Bailey's and whiskey.
  3. Drop the shot into the Guinness, and chug the whole glass immediately.

Angry Irishman

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces of Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 2 ounces of Irish whiskey
  • 3 large ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Pour the Bailey's and the whiskey over ice and stir.

Irish Handshake

While not exactly of Irish descent, the Irish Handshake is popular for its green color.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces of Irish whiskey
  • 1 ounce of Green Curacao
  • 1 ounce of fresh cream

Directions:

  1. Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add chipped ice and shake well.
  3. Strain the drink into a martini glass and serve.

Hot Irish

This drink is like a warm blanket on a cold night.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces of Irish whiskey
  • 4 ounces of boiling water
  • Lemon wedge
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Pour the first four ingredients into a heat-proof glass.
  2. Add brown sugar to taste and serve.

Irish Shillelagh

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces of Irish whiskey
  • Half ounce of gin
  • 1 teaspoon of white rum
  • 1 teaspoon of peach schnapps
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar syrup

Directions:

  1. Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with chipped ice and shake.
  2. Pour the drink into an old-fashioned glass without straining it.

Irish Pride

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces of creme de menthe
  • 3 ounces of Amaretto
  • 2 ounces of lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake the drink until it's well mixed.
  3. Strain it into a highball glass filled with ice.

Irish Whiskey Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • Half teaspoon of Cointreau
  • Half teaspoon of Pastis
  • Quarter teaspoon of maraschino cherry juice
  • 2 ounces of Irish whiskey
  • Green olives
  • Dash of bitters

Directions:

  1. Fill a cocktail glass with crushed ice.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients except the olives together and pour them over crushed ice.
  3. Serve the cocktail with an olive garnish.

Irish Rose

This is a lovely, light and summery cocktail that tastes as good as it looks.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce of lime juice
  • 1 ounce of pomegranate syrup
  • 6 ounces of ginger ale
  • 1 ounce of Irish whiskey

Directions:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients together and pour the drink over ice.

They're All Magically Delicious

If you're intrigued with the idea of Irish cocktails, be sure to give each of these drinks a try. You never know when you're going to find a new favorite..

Irish Drink Recipes