Golden hue cocktails are treasured St. Patrick’s Day cocktails

River Boyne Fizz from Slane Irish Whiskey
River Boyne Fizz from Slane Irish Whiskey / Slane Irish Whiskey

While the four-leaf clover might be lucky, that green leaf might not bring the sparkle some people want. The Leprechaun pursues the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Even if Lucky might have his sweet charms, other people may look behind the bar for some lucky libations. These golden St. Patrick’s Day cocktails may bring some good fortune for the holiday celebration.

Even though many people might be sipping an Irish stout or bars might be pouring green beer, some people prefer to step away from the malt beverages for the celebration. A spirited cocktail can bring a rousing slainte to the day.

Golden St. Patrick’s Day cocktails can be the real treasure for the celebration. It might not necessarily bring huge riches like the pot at the end of the rainbow, but the flavors are a satisfying reward. From sweet honey notes to bright citrus flavors, there is an option for every palate.

Ready to shake up some golden St. Patrick’s Day cocktails?

River Boyne Fizz

While the River Boyne might have some people thinking of the historic implications across the Irish history, this Slane Irish Whiskey cocktail is far from stodgy. The bright, effervescent flavor is perfect for any celebration.


1 part Slane Irish Whiskey

1 part Lemon Juice

1 Dash Orange Bitters

1 tbsp honey

Tonic Water

Garnish: Mint Sprig and Lemon Wheel


Add Slane to a highball glass. Add lemon juice and honey. Stir together until honey is broken down. Add ice and top with tonic water. Garnish with a mint sprig and lemon wheel.

O’Hagar’s Pot O’ Gold

While Sammy Hagar has had some golden moments on stage, this St. Patrick’s Day cocktail gets a boost of sweetness from Monin Honey Syrup. Whether or not the Leprechaun leapt across the sand to inspire this cocktail does not matter. It is a refreshing sip at golden hour or any time of the day.


2 ounces of Sammy’s Beach Bar Platinum Rum

3⁄4 ounce of fresh lime juice

3⁄4 ounce of Monin Honey Syrup

2 ounces of sparkling wine


In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the Sammy’s Beach Bar Platinum Rum, lime juice and honey syrup. Shake well and strain into a chilled tulip glass. Top with sparkling wine. Swath the rim with the fresh orange peel, then squeeze the oils into the drink and drop the peel into the cocktail.

St. Paddy’s Potion

Continuing the sweet conversation, this Bacardi cocktail is a touch sweet but nuanced. It might not be a flavor trick, but the potion casts a flavorful spell on everyone.


2 oz BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho Sevillian Orange Cask Finish

1/4 oz Honey Syrup

2 Dashes Angostura Bitter

Orange peel


Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice and stir for 10-15 seconds. Pour over a large cube in an old fashioned. Garnish with an orange side.

Tullamore Irish Whiskey
Tully Honey Highball / Tullamore D.E.W.

Tully Honey Highball

Created by Clodagh Mai O’Callaghan, the Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey does not need a multitude of other ingredients to muddle the flavor. Sometimes the real treasure is a great liquor.


2 parts Tullamore D.E.W. Honey

4 parts lemonade

Fresh cubed ice

Lemon wedge


Combine all ingredients. Stir and pour.

This Charming Man

Created by Jason Hedges, Beverage Director of Laurent Tourondel Hospitality, This Charming Man is meant to be a multi-faceted sipper that keeps people engaged. As Hedges commented, “While Irish whiskey is famous for sipping, this charming Irish whiskey cocktail has round and rich flavor with hints of caramel, citrus, and herbal notes making it a sophisticated drink for celebrating the Irish holiday. This elegant blend of flavors will take you on a journey of taste and celebration this St. Patrick’s Day."


2 oz J.J. Corry The Hanson Irish Whiskey

.5 oz Cardamaro

.5 oz Dolin Blanc

1 dash Orange Bitters

Garnish: orange peel


Shake all ingredients in a mixer with ice. Strain and pour into coupe. Garnish with orange peel.

While the grass might be green and many of the cocktails might have that hue, golden St. Patrick’s Day cocktails are a treasure waiting to be explored. And, consider the old Irish saying, “May the winds of fortune sail you, may you sail a gentle sea, may it always be the other guy who says this drink's on me.”