Your 2012 St. Patty’s Day Drink Guide

Tired of drinking the same old green beer every St. Patty’s Day?  This year, our experts have chimed in and supplied us with all sorts of creative beverage ideas to help celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day.

You will find recipes using traditional Irish Whiskey and Guinness, and some new, out-of-the-box recipes that will tickle your taste buds.  Remember to please drink responsibly and have a safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The Irish Shillelagh

Celebrate the luck of the Irish with Bushmills Irish Whiskey, Bacardi Silver, and Pama Liquor, shaken with lemon juice and simple syrup. This golden treasure comes poured over ice and your choice of fruit chunks.

Irish Shillelagh
1.5 oz Bushmills Irish Whiskey
.75 oz Lemon Juice
.25 oz Simple Syrup
.25 Bacardi Silver
.75 Pama Liquor

Black Velvet

Peter Joseph, author of the forthcoming book Boozy Brunch: The Quintessential Guide to
Daytime Drinking
explains, “Guinness may be the traditional St. Patrick’s Day drink,
but for something a little lighter your readers should remember the Black Velvet.”

Just pour first 4 oz of Guinness stout followed by 4 oz champagne into a collins glass, and gentle stir. It’s normally a morning cocktail, but it seems like a nice alternative to whiskey or a pint.

The Irish Rose

Luxor and Excalibur are getting in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with a specialty cocktail available only on March 17 at TENDER Steak & Seafood’s Lounge, Liquidity, Aurora, Flight, Octane and The Lounge.

The Irish Rose was carefully crafted to capture the essence of the holiday and presents a new and unique way to enjoy Irish whiskey.

Irish Rose
1oz pama liqueur
1oz Irish Whiskey
1oz lime juice
6oz ginger ale
Served over ice.

Cruzan Pot of Gold

So many people opt for green-colored beverages or default to grabbing a Guiness or Irish Whiskey, but just because it’s St. Patty’s doesn’t mean you can’t grab a glass of your favorite non-traditional liquor and get into the spirit of the holiday!

Cruzan® Pot of Gold
1 1/2 parts Cruzan® 9 Spiced Rum
3/4 part DeKuyper® Orange Curacao
3/4 part Fresh Orange Juice
2 parts Fresh Lemon Sour

Method: Shake ingredients together with ice and strain into a cinnamon and sugar-rimmed cocktail glass. Garnish with a flamed orange peel.

Guinness Float

The following cocktails are available through St. Patrick’s Day at TAMO bar in the Seaport Hotel, located in South Boston.

Guinness Float 
Vanilla Ice Cream
Baileys Float

Method:  serve with Extra Napkins!


This recipe comes courtesy of expert mixologist and Drambuie brand ambassador, Anthony Caporale.

In a mixing tin half-filled with ice, add:

½ oz. Green Crème de Menthe
½ oz. White Crème de Cacao

Method:  Shake until tin is frosted, add: 1 oz. Half-and-Half
Swirl to chill, strain into a martini glass, drizzle ¼ oz. Green Crème de Menthe over top.


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