St. Patrick’s Day Drinks

Tis the season to be Irish! St. Patrick’s day is celebrated across the globe with people drinking lots of alcohol!  So let’s begin the St Paddy’s day preparations with a look at Irish beverages!

But before we do..just to is Paddy’s day and not Patty’s day, which is a common mistake! Paddy is the diminutive form of Patrick. Padraig is the Irish translation of Patrick, hence Paddy! Irish people are generally referred to across the world as Paddies! Plastic Paddy is a slang term, which is used to describe people whose ancestors came from Ireland or those who adopt Irish customs!


Guinness is a heavy Irish dry stout that is loved across the globe! It originated in the Guinness Brewery in Dublin. Arthur Guinness started brewing ales from 1759.

The top markets for Guinness include, the UK, Ireland, Nigeria, United States and Cameroon. There are two main Guinness variants: Guinness Draught and Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. Guinness Draught is sold predominantly in Europe, North America, Japan and Australia. It is available as Guinness Original, Extra Cold, Extra Smooth and as Guinness Red. Guinness Foreign Extra Stout is the original export stout and is the key Guinness variant in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.

The perfect Guinness consists of a ‘two-part pour’, which takes 119.5 seconds.

Guinness is good for you!

The poster above reads Sefearr de thú Guinness, which means Guinness is better for you!!! There was a time when pregnant and nursing mothers were advised to drink Guinness. (Please note this is no longer the case!!!) A relative who is a nun brought my mother a bottle of Guinness just after the birth of my brother in1980.

Studies claim that Guinness can be beneficial to the heart. Researchers discovered that “‘antioxidant compounds’ in the Guinness, similar to those found in certain fruits and vegetables, are responsible for health benefits because they slow down the deposit of harmful cholesterol on the artery walls.”

Guinness is probably the most popular Irish drink to have on St. Paddy’s Day! I brought a friend from Brooklyn to the Guinness museum for a tour and a free pint of Guinness at the top of the tower. She was super excited to try Guinness, when we got to the top of the tower she took one tiny sip and spat it out! That was her first and only experience with Guinness. It is a heavy drink, drinking a Guinness is like having a meal!

My best friend with Guinness at The Guinness Brewery in Dublin. It has a wonderful view of Dublin city.

Murphy’s Stout

If Guinness is a little too heavy for you, then try this lighter and sweeter dry stout, which has been brewed in Cork since 1856.

The Irish Flag

irish flag shot

In a shot glass, carefully pour green creme de menthe, Baileys and then cointreau orange liqueur in the order, so that each ingredient floats on the preceding one.

The Irish Car Bomb

The first time I heard about this shot, I was in the US. It is not a drink that would be on a menu in Ireland…it’s just not appropriate! It consists of Guinness, Bailey’s and whiskey. The whiskey is floated on top of the Irish Cream in a shot glass, and the shot glass is then dropped into the stout. You must drink it quickly before it curdles!

Mozzy’s Maynooth Madness 

This special cocktail was created by a very good friend…who is also the creator of the valentine’s cocktail. It is extremely sweet and dessert like. My friend Mozzy (nickname) and I met at a dinner party when we were in college in Maynooth…hence the name!

1 measure butterscotch Mickey Finns
1 measure Bailey’s
1 measure Tia Maria
1 measure Kahlúa

Blend with Ice, cream and crème de cacao optional. Yummm..thanks Mozzy!

Baby Guinness

This is a very popular shooter in Ireland. Two and a half oz of Tia Maria or Kahlua is topped by a layer of Bailey’s (half oz), which is poured over the back of a spoon.

Hot Whiskey

New York on St. Patrick’s day can be very cold! I remember slipping on ice a few years ago..on St. Paddy’s evening. NYC was covered in snow. Also known as a hot toddy, hot whiskey is a quick solution to warm your bones! It can also make you a little sleepy! Hot whiskey is traditionally served in Ireland with cloves, a slice of lemon and a teaspoon of sugar.

Bailey’s Coffee or Irish Coffee (whiskey)

Bailey’s coffee and Irish coffee are very popular after dinner drinks in Ireland.

Simply pour one ounce of Bailey’s into a cup. Then add one cup of coffee. Top with whipped cream and serve. A traditional Irish coffee is with whiskey instead of the Bailey’s! A chocolate flake bar broken up (or chocolate sprinkles) and sprinkled on-top of the cream makes the coffee even more delicious!


Smithwick’s is an Irish red ale beer from Kilkenny. It was originally brewed in the medieval St. Francis Abbey Brewery in Kilkenny, known as ‘Smithwick’s Brewery’ until c.2000. The brewery is situated on the site of a Franciscan Abbey where monks had brewed ale since the 14th century. The brewery was founded by John Smithwick and Richard Cole in 1710. It was purchased from Walter Smithwick in 1965 by Guinness and is now, along with Guinness, part of Diageo.

Fat Frog

This green drink is a very popular alcho pop for people in their early drinking years in Ireland. At my debs (prom), this is what we drank ALL night….pints of it. In Ireland, you usually get two pints of it when you order a fat frog, as it consists of Smirnoff Ice, Bacardi Breezer Orange and WKD Original Vodka Blue. You can also buy it in the shop ready-made in a bottle like the image above.

Bailey’s Smoothie

Bailey’s is my one of my favourite drinks! I like it with ice. A Bailey’s smoothie can be really refreshing on a hot day. Simply blend some Bailey’s with ice in a blender!

Mickey Finns- Sour Apple

Mickey Finn’s sour apple makes a great green shot for Paddy’s day. It tastes like sour apple sweets. Mickey Finn’s is currently number 2 liqueur to Bailey’s. If you would like a glamorous cocktail on St. Paddy’s day..then maybe Mickey Finns appletini is for you! Pour some sour apple and some vodka into a shaker..shake, shake, shake…and then strain into a martini glass!


Harp Lager was first produced by the Guinness company in 1960 as a bottled beer due to the trend among drinkers in Ireland and the UK towards continental lager. Harp is made with pure water from the Cooley Mountains, Dundalk, Ireland.


Bulmers is a very popular Irish cider!  It started in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary in 1935 by William Magner.

Non alcoholic Irish beverages

Cidona (non alcoholic cider), Club Orange, Finches Orange and Tanora (tangerine flavour) are Irish-made fizzy drinks that we love to drink!


And don’t forget…we LOVE drinking tea! Barry’s or Lyons!

Any Irish visitors we had in NYC brought lots of Barry’s Tea with them in their suitcases! Wherever in the world my family go they always bring some teabags with them!