More Than Green Beer

We’re sure you’ll agree that St. Patrick’s Day and its festive list of celebratory libations offer a reason to be Irish, even if just for one day. This March 17, we suggest skipping the green beer in favor of these Irish-inspired favorites, served in martini glasses, tumblers, coffee mugs, shot glasses and pints.

For the traditionalist, we recommend the Irish Coffee. Though created in 1942, this nostalgic drink didn’t come to the United States until 1952 and trust us it’s definitely not your every day cup of coffee. Irish whiskey and brown sugar heat this cup ‘o joe right up and a whipped cream crown – albeit optional – is highly recommended.

If you’re looking for a drink with a bit more punch, try the Irish Martini. Served in a martini glass, this is a variation of the James Bond favorite. Simply, add ½ an ounce of Irish whiskey to vodka and dry vermouth and you have an Irish martini. The trick is to coat the inside of the glass first with whiskey.

For champagne lovers, let us suggest an Irish Kiss. Created by Korbel® California Champagne, the Irish Kiss is their spin on the green beer. Serve it in a green sugar-rimmed glass and add Midori® melon liqueur to get your favorite shade of Irish green. 

For a decadent dessert-like drink, try the Nutty Irishman on the rocks or in a shot glass. Baileys Irish Cream® and Frangelico® are a match made in heaven with this one. And if you’re sticking with the green theme, add a shot of Crème de Menth for both the green color and a bit of a minty taste.

Thought to have been created in 1979, The Irish Car Bomb is a true classic. It may not be green, but it’s all Irish, and you’ll be green with envy if you don’t try one. To make this drink, Irish whiskey is floated on top of Baileys Irish Cream in a shot glass. The shot glass is then dropped into Guinness® stout.

All five of these Irish-inspired drink favorites can be made at any of the M’s bars. What will you drink this St. Patrick’s Day?