Raise toast to lucky cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day

(Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Jameson Irish Whiskey)
(Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Jameson Irish Whiskey) /

Move over green beer because these St. Patrick’s Day lucky cocktails could lead you to the happiest heights. As St. Patrick’s Day celebrations move from muted till more festive, a cocktail might not necessarily be an overflowing pot of gold, but it might make your heart a little lighter this year. Which lucky cocktails will be filling your glass?

From Irish whiskey to vibrant green cocktails, lucky cocktails are a rainbow of offerings. Even in a pinch, that favorite cocktail can be a wee bit Irish for St. Patrick’s Day. Given that everyone has upped their mixology game, it is time to put those skills to good use.

Whether you have taken St. Patrick’s Day off, are starting happy hour a little earlier or just need an excuse to say Slainte, the glass should not be empty. While a best friend might be like a four-leaf clover, a great St. Patrick’s Day is lucky to have but it isn’t as hard to find.

Slainte to lucky cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day

Whiskey Ginger

“What butter and whiskey won’t cure, there is no cure for”

A highball is a classic cocktail and this option gets a burst of flavor from Q Mixers Ginger Ale. The slightly spicy yet clean flavored ginger ale allows the nuanced flavors from the Irish whiskey shine. Whether you prefer Slane, Jameson or something else, the mixer is just as important as the liquor.

Here’s how to make a Whiskey Ginger.


  • 5 oz Q Mixers Ginger Ale
  • 1.5 oz Premium Bourbon
  • Lemon Peel


  • Build the drink over ice in a highball glass, garnish with a lemon peel.

Paddy’s Gold

“There are only so many hours in a day. Ambition is admirable, but now is the time for a whiskey.”

Just like the Leprechaun seeks that pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, this golden cocktail is a feast for the eyes. More importantly, the flavors are vibrant like a rainbow. While you might appreciate that warm glow as you sip this cocktail, just don’t over indulge.


  • 1.5 oz Paddy’s Irish Whiskey
  • 0.25 oz peach liqueur
  • 0.25 oz lime juice
  • 0.25 oz orange juice
  • 3 oz ginger beer
  • Lime wheel (garnish)


  • Add the Paddy’s Irish Whiskey, peach liqueur, lime juice and orange juice to a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with ginger ale and stir. Garnish with a lime wheel and enjoy!

The Irish Aitall

“St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic. – Adrienne Cook”

This cocktail skips the Irish whiskey for Jose Cuervo Tradicional Anejo. The combination of herbs and grapefruit juice brings a taste of spring to the class. It is herbaceous and tart. More importantly, the refreshing flavors will make you feel that you are lucky to have another cocktail in the glass.


  • 4 sprigs of thyme, leaves only
  • 2 oz Jose Cuervo Tradicional Añejo
  • 3 ⁄4 oz caraway-fennel simple syrup
  • Soda Water
  • Splash of fresh grapefruit juice


  • Muddle the thyme. Add the Cuervo Tradicional Añejo and simple syrup and fill shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with soda water and squeeze of grapefruit juice. Garnish with thyme sprigs and dehydrated grapefruit.

bubly shamrock fizz

“For each petal on the shamrock, this brings a wish your way: Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day.” —Irish blessing

Sometimes a simple cocktail is the luckiest option for the person behind the bar. With this cocktail from bubly, it shows that a few bubbles can add fun to the festivities. And, you can reduce the liquor a little if the celebration is getting a little too overwhelming.


  • 4 oz. limebubly
  • 1¼ oz. white rum (or sub for Irish whiskey)
  • juice of 1 lime wedge
  • ¼ oz. lime syrup


  • Fill highball glass with ice. Add rum, lime syrup, and squeezed lime wedge. Top with limebubly. Stir and serve.

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Whether you enjoy some lucky cocktails on St. Patrick’s Day, enjoy some green food or just put a green shirt to celebrate, remember this simple phrase. “May you have all the happiness
and luck that life can hold—And at the end of all your rainbows may you find a pot of gold.”

How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year?