Drink of the week: Festive irish drinks for St. Patrick’s Day

Let’s just say, St. Patrick’s Day is my favorite time of the year.

It’s like Christmas, Fourth of July, the World Series and the best dessert you’ve ever had all in one.

As a south side Irish Chicagoan, this day is something I look forward to all year long.

That said, what better way to enjoy this green holiday then by indulging in some of my favorite Irish cocktails — and I’m not talking just your typical green beer.

Irish Cream Coffee:Every year I go to the downtown St. Patrick’s Day parade in Chicago and it is always with one of these in my hand.

It’s the perfect way to get the caffeine that you need and have that lovely boozy effect.



2 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream

½ oz. Jameson

Coffee of choice

Whipped Cream


  1. Pour 2 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream (if you don’t have Bailey’s any type of Irish Cream Liquor will work).
  2. Pour ½ oz. Jameson.
  3. Fill to the top with coffee of choice.
  4. Add as much or as little whipped cream as you like!
  5. Sip and enjoy, sláinte!

Irish Mule:

After your coffee, let’s ease our way in the next drink of the day with a twist on a Moscow Mule, hence the Irish Mule.

Super simple and sweet! And add a touch of green to be real festive.


2 ½ oz. Jameson

1 oz. Lime Juice

Can of Ginger Beer

Mint and a Lime for garnish

Green food coloring (optional)


  1. Fill up mason jar with ice.
  2. Pour 2 ½ oz. of Jameson.
  3. Pour 1 oz. Lime Juice.
  4. Fill up with Ginger Beer.
  5. Add 2-4 drops of green food coloring.
  6. Sip and enjoy, sláinte!

The Celine:This lovely cocktail is in honor on my late Grandmother, Celine Shinnick.

The woman raised nine kids, ran one of the oldest Irish pubs in Chicago (still open to this day — Shinnick’s Pub) and looked this good doing it!

My grandmother’s drink of choice was Kessler’s on the rock.

This drink is for her, just with a little twist. It’s for all the hard working women who make everything they do look really easy when it’s not.



2 oz. Kessler’s Whiskey

½ oz. St. Germain Liquor

¾ oz. Fresh Lime Juice

¾ oz. Simple Syrup

¼ oz. Honey Syrup

2 slices of Cucumber

Instructions:Add the 2 slices of cucumber in a tin and muddle.

  1. Pour 2 oz. Kelseer’s, ½ oz. St. Germain Liquior, ¾ fresh lime juice, ¾ simple syrup, and ¼ honey syrup into tin and add a lot of ice.
  2. Put glass on top of tin and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  3. Strain into rocks glass with fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with cucumber.
  5. Sip and enjoy, sláinte!

My actual drink of choice: Beer (and lots of it)

On this lovely and religious holiday of mine I tend to not alway indulge in cocktails, because, let’s be honest, this day of drinking is a marathon, not a sprint.

Cocktails can knock you on your ass before the party even begins depending on what time of day you start drinking.

So I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Irish beers that I love to drink from sunup to sundown!

Guinness Draught:

For those of you that judge a beer based on its looks, don’t do it to this Irish staple.

This easy-drinking (yes, that’s right — I said easy drinking) beer from Ireland may be dark in color, but with it’s rich roasted barley, and silky smooth texture make this ideally for beer lovers.

Fun fact about this stout, it’s ABV% (Alcohol By Volume) is only 4.3% and your traditional Miller Lite ABV% is 4.2%, it’s practically the same!

Not to mention, it’s color may lead you to believe it’s a heavy calorie beer — think again. It’s considered a low calorie beer. At 12 ounces, it’s only 120 calories.

Smithwick’s Irish Ale:

This is one of the oldest Irish beers, dating back over 300 years. If it’s been around for that long, clearly they’re doing something right.

This Irish Red Ale is brewed with mild hops, sweet malt and roasted barley.

It’s ruby coloring and sweet flavors are perfectly balanced and this beer truly can be drank anytime of the year.

And if you want a light, green beer then, hell, GO FOR IT.

All hail the power-drinking Irish this St. Paddy’s day! Let’s make my ancestors proud.

— Jenna

2 thoughts on “Drink of the week: Festive irish drinks for St. Patrick’s Day”

  • What an amazing tribute. You should be proud of yourself young lady! Family seems to be key in this article. Everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day and you just hit the nail on the head. Drink and be merry. It only comes around once a year. Great job!

  • This is such a great article! I love the way Jenna writes! I cannot wait to try an Irish Mule at Shinnick’s Saturday! Thanks for the info Jenna!

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