10 Irish Cocktail Recipes

Updated: Mar. 24, 2024

From whiskey-spiked coffee to Guinness floats, these Irish cocktail recipes were designed for indulging. Sláinte!

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Guinness Float

Guinness is already rich and creamy, so adding ice cream really takes it to the next level. This stout cocktail is equally delicious as a drink for dessert. Oh! also, add these Irish desserts to your list that will be perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and beyond.

Yield: 2 floats

  1. Start by dividing 1 cup of ice cream between two pint glasses.
  2. Then, pour 1 cup of Guinness (or another stout of your choosing) into each glass.
  3. Top each float with 1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup.

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Easy Irish Cream
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Irish Cream

We’re big fans of store-bought Irish cream (hello, Baileys!), but nothing beats the homemade stuff. It’s delicious mixed into coffee, served over ice or added to one of these Irish cream recipes.

Yield: 5 cups

  1. Combine 2 cups half-and-half cream, 1 can dulce de leche or sweetened condensed milk, 1-1/4 cups Irish whiskey, 1/4 cup chocolate syrup, 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract in a blender.
  2. Blend the Irish cream until smooth, then serve as desired.
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Courtesy Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey

Green-Eyed Toddy

Nothing warms up a chilly night like a hot toddy. This green-hued version is reminiscent of the Emerald Isle.

Yield: 1 cocktail

  1. Start by brewing some green tea.
  2. Then, in a hot toddy glass or mug, layer in 1-1/2 ounces Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey, 1/2 ounce lemon juice and 1/2 ounce honey syrup.
  3. Top your beverage with the tea and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

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Irish Coffee

Whether you want to start your morning with something special or relax after a long day, an Irish coffee is a nice treat. For a more traditional flavor, you can leave out the creme de menthe.

Yield: 2 cocktails

  1. Brew two cups of strong coffee. We recommend a French or other dark roast.
  2. Divide 2 teaspoons sugar and 2 ounces Irish whiskey between two mugs. Stir 1 cup of coffee into each glass.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat together 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream and 1 teaspoon green creme de menthe until thickened.
  4. Gently spoon the cream mixture over each drink, then enjoy!
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Black Velvet

Black Velvet

Guinness, meet champagne. This luxurious drink is sweet, smooth and extremely effervescent.

Yield: 1 cocktail

  1. You don’t need much for this drink—just equal parts Guinness and sparkling white wine. Pour the stout in first, then top with bubbly.

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Proper & Ginger irish cocktail recipes
Courtesy Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey

Proper & Ginger

Sometimes the simplest drinks are the most refreshing. This delicious cocktail takes just two ingredients so anyone—yes, anyone!—can whip it up for happy hour.

Yield: 1 cocktail

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice, then pour in 2 ounces of Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey.
  2. Top your drink with 3 ounces of ginger ale, then stir. Garnish with a lime wedge.
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Moscow Mule
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Irish Mule

A traditional Moscow Mule relies on vodka—but this Irish-inspired version trades it in for whiskey. Don’t forget the copper mugs!

Yield: 6 cocktails

  1. In a pitcher, mix together 4 cups chilled ginger beer, 2/3 cup lime juice and 1-1/4 cups Irish whiskey.
  2. Serve over ice in copper mugs, then garnish with lime wedges.

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Espresso Martini

A decadent twist on the classic Irish coffee, this martini is a delicious indulgence. Take it over the top by swirling salted caramel into your espresso shot.

Yield: 1 cocktail

  1. Start by brewing a shot of espresso.
  2. Combine 1-2/3 ounces of Roe & Co Irish Whiskey, 1/2 an ounce coffee liqueur, 1 ounce espresso and a splash of simple syrup in an ice-filled cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake the mixture until combined, then double strain over fresh ice. (You can use either a rocks glass or martini glass).
  4. Garnish with coffee beans or chocolate powder.
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Double Irish Trouble

Toni Dash of the Boulder Locavore has perfected the adult milkshake. This 3-ingredient delight is as easy to make as it is to drink.

Yield: 1 milkshake

  1. Combine 12 ounces of coffee ice cream, 1 ounce of Irish cream liqueur and Irish whiskey in a blender. (You can use either 1/2 an ounce or 1 ounce depending on how strong you’d like your shake to be).
  2. Blend until smooth, then pour into a pint glass and top with a straw.
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Proper Sour irish cocktail recipes
Courtesy Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey

Proper Sour

You can’t go wrong with a good sour. And this version keeps it simple with just a few main ingredients—no egg whites here!

Yield: 1 cocktail

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine 2 ounces Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey, 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice and 3/4 ounce simple syrup.
  2. Shake, then strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.
  3. Garnish with a lemon wedge and cherry.

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