Irish Drink Recipes

Reviewed by Mixologist and BarSmarts Graduate Karen Frazier
Irish coffee

It doesn't need to be St. Patrick's Day to enjoy Irish mixed drinks. These popular Irish cocktails are delicious any time of the year. Popular Irish alcoholic drink recipes include traditional ingredients such as Irish whiskey and the Irish import beer, Guinness extra-dry stout.

1. Irish Coffee

This coffee 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.


  • 3 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 12 ounces of strong brewed coffee
  • Unsweetened whipped cream for garnish


  1. Heat two Irish coffee mugs in boiling water. Dry the glasses and pour in the whiskey and sugar. Stir.
  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.

2. Irish Old-Fashioned

This twist on a traditional old fashioned cocktail uses Irish whiskey.

Irish old-fashioned cocktail


  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Splash of water
  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 2 to 3 ice cubes
  • 1 orange peel


  1. In a rocks glass, combine the sugar cube, bitters, and water. Muddle until the sugar dissolves in the water.
  2. Add the whiskey and ice cubes. Stir.
  3. Garnish with the orange peel.

3. Irish Car Bomb

This popular Irish cocktail 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.

Irish car bomb


  • ½ pint Guinness extra-dry stout
  • ½ ounce Bailey's Irish Cream
  • ½ ounce Irish whiskey, such as Jameson


  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.

4. Angry Irishman

This a simple and delicious two ingredient Irish mixed drink.

Angry Irishman cocktail


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


In a rocks glass, pour the Bailey's and the whiskey over ice and stir.

5. Irish Handshake

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

Irish handshake cocktail


  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 1 ounce green curaçao
  • 1 ounce heavy cream
  • Ice


  1. Chill a martini glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the whiskey, curaçao, and cream.
  3. Add the ice and shake.
  4. Strain into the chilled martini glass.

6. Hot Irish

This Irish whiskey version of a hot toddy is like a warm blanket on a cold night.

Hot Irish


  • 1½ ounces Irish whiskey
  • 4 ounces boiling water
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Pinch ground cinnamon
  • Brown sugar
  • Lemon wedge


  1. Pour the first four ingredients into a heat-proof glass.
  2. Add brown sugar to taste.
  3. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

7. Irish Shillelagh

You'll love this boozy Irish alcoholic drink.

Irish shellagh


  • 1½ ounces Irish whiskey
  • ½ ounce London dry gin
  • 1 teaspoon white rum
  • 1 teaspoon peach schnapps
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup


  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the whiskey, gin, rum, schnapps, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
  2. Add ice and shake.
  3. Strain into rocks glass filled with ice.

8. Irish Pride

This green minty drink is a delicious way to show your Irish pride.

Irish pride cocktail


  • 1 ounce crème de menthe
  • 1 ounce amaretto
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Mint sprig for garnish


  1. Chill a cocktail glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the creme de menthe, amaretto, and lemon juice.
  3. Add ice and shake.
  4. Strain into the chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a sprig of mint.

9. Irish Whiskey Cocktail

This cocktail calls for pastis, a French anise-flavored apéritif, and Cointreau, a French triple sec.

Irish whiskey cocktail



  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the Cointreau, Pastis, grenadine, Irish whiskey, and bitters.
  2. Add ice and shake.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.

10. Irish Rose

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

Irish rose cocktail


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


  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice, pomegranate syrup, and whiskey.
  2. Add ice and shake.
  3. Strain into a highball glass. Top off with ginger ale and stir.

Enjoy Alcoholic Irish Cocktails

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.

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