We don’t often know what we’re celebrating, but every year on March 17, it seems like everyone welcomes St. Patrick’s Day with open arms. While the holiday remembers Saint Patrick’s death, it’s best known for one thing and one thing only (at least here in Canada): all the glorious booze.
Whether you’re looking for a quieter evening at home with some soda bread and Irish stew, or if you’re hosting or attending a little green-inspired shindig, we challenge you to go beyond the shots of whiskey, beer and white wine this year. That’s because we’ve rounded up some of the most impressive green cocktails out there, and trust us, they’re fit for a real celebration.
These neon green cocktails are the best way to imbibe on St. Paddy’s Day
GrasshoppersThey're minty, creamy and totally capture the St. Paddy’s Day spirit thanks to the added whiskey. The really amazing thing, though, is that you can whip them up in advance, store them in your freezer and pull them out when you’re ready to imbibe.
GET THE RECIPEDine and Dish
Apple and Pear SangriaSour apple gives this concoction its green hue, while crisp apple vodka evens out the overall tartness. We also love that this one comes with actual fruit, which almost makes this drink a completely balanced meal... almost.
GET THE RECIPECooks with Cocktails
Leprechaun’s KissThe sprinkled rim isn’t a must, but boy does it ever look pretty. This vodka-based cocktail goes down easy and would make for a great welcome drink at your St. Patrick’s day shindig. Or, thanks to the orange juice in the recipe, maybe you can just call it breakfast.
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Green Whiskey SmashSweet, sour and smashingly pretty thanks to fresh mint, cucumber and lime, this muddled concoction is an instant party hit. It also makes for a great pre-dinner drink after a long week.
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Spicy Matcha MargaritasA boozy drink that’s semi healthy? It is when you add antioxidant-loaded matcha (powdered green tea leaves). Throw in some jalapeños for a little zing and this may be our new favourite cocktail.
GET THE RECIPEWicked Spatula
Avocado MargaritasWe’ve had avocado lots of ways, but never in a boozy cocktail. Looks like we were missing out, because this is one delicious and indulgent drink -- especially when paired with fresh cilantro and lime.
GET THE RECIPECookin Canuck
BLT Green Bloody MarysFresh green tomatoes are the inspiration for this genius riff on a Bloody Mary. Like how this blogger topped the cocktails with crispy bacon strips? Yeah, we may be drinking these year-round.
GET THE RECIPEHeather Christo
Irish Sour AppleWhiskey and apple vodka make this a potent – if not pretty – St. Patrick’s Day offering. Especially when topped with fresh Granny Smith apples.
GET THE RECIPEPark Ranger John
Sparkling ShamrockMidori and sparkling wine compliment each other perfectly in this bubbly offering that’s both celebratory and fruity. Leprechauns everywhere would approve.
GET THE RECIPEPretty Plain Janes
Luck of the Irish ShotsMint, chocolate and whipped cream? We can’t decide if these easy-to-construct drinks should be a shot or a dessert. Either way, we want them… immediately.
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St. Patrick’s Day PunchIf you’re hosting a large group or want to be the star of a St. Paddy’s Day potluck, whip up a batch of this easy punch. It won’t knock you on your bottom, but it certainly packs a fun, Irish punch.
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Southern ExposureHave you ever had a celery-based drink? Neither have we, at least until we tried this gin-based one. Now we'll definitely be adding it to our annual St. Patrick’s Day recipe box.
GET THE RECIPEHonestly Yum
Minted Cucumber CoolerThis gussied-up version of a gimlet pairs cucumbers with vodka for a refreshing and colourful cocktail that we’re just as likely to sip on during the summer as we are on St. Paddy’s Day.
GET THE RECIPEBig Girls Small Kitchen
Mint Chocolate MartiniWe love mint chocolate, so naturally we love the classic flavour combo in this updated version of a grasshopper. What makes this one so great? We’ve got four words for you: whipped cream-flavoured vodka.
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Boozy Shamrock ShakeMcDonald’s has nothing on this adult version of the seasonal milkshake. Peppermint, ice cream and a whack of other yummy things combine for the best dessert on this side of the rainbow.
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Green St. Patrick’s Day PunchThis vibrant punch is fruity, tart and bubbly, but the best part about it is that it takes a mere five minutes to piece together. Fancy, right?
GET THE RECIPEThe Cookie Rookie