If you’re in search of delicious and easy-to-make Irish cocktails, you’ve found ’em!
There’s endless Irish mixed drinks, so it can often be overwhelming when it comes to deciding upon which one to mix up, regardless of whether it’s for yourself or for guests.
Fret not, however, in the guide below you’ll find some delicious Irish cocktail recipes that are easy to make and super tasty.
Our favourite traditional Irish cocktails
The first section of our guide looks at what we think are the best Irish cocktail recipes. These are drinks that we’ve had many (arguably too many…) times over the years.
Below, you’ll find everything from Irish whiskey cocktails to delicious desert cocktails that offer a delightful bit of indulgence.
1. Irish Whiskey Ginger
The Irish Whiskey Ginger is a beaut of a cocktail – it’s refreshing, zesty and ridiculously easy to make, which makes it perfect if you’re entertaining!
Ingredients wise, you’ll need a good Irish whiskey, premium ginger ale, a bag of limes and ice. Then simply add the whiskey, ginger and lime juice into a glass 1/2 filled with ice and stir.
This is one of my favourite Irish mixed drinks as it’s so simple and the flavour profile packs a punch. Give it a try!
2. Irish Mule
The Irish Mule is a take on the Moscow Mule. It’s another of the more straightforward Irish liquor drinks and is made with whiskey, ginger beer, lime and ice.
This is a beautifully refreshing drink that’s perfect for after dinner as it’s nice and light. It’s alway a good option for those of you that aren’t fond of strong Irish cocktails.
3. Irish Old Fashioned
The Irish Old Fashioned is quick-to-make, tasty and visually impressive, if you use a good glass and garnish with an orange twist.
To make it, add whiskey, sugar syrup and 2 dashes of Angostura bitters and orange bitter into a glass that’s 1/2 full with ice. Gently stir it and garnish.
4. Irish Sour
The Irish Sour is one of the more popular traditional Irish cocktails and it can be dressed up (or down) depending on what you have on hand (see the variations in the photo above).
For this one you’ll need whiskey, egg whites, lemon juice, simple syrup, some Angostura bitters and ice (measurements here). There’s a lovely, zesty taste to this one and it’s a perfect pre-dinner cocktail.
5. Irish Maid
The Irish Maid is one of several Irish mixed drinks that has been doing the rounds for many years. This is a simple yet tasty cocktail that’s easy to whip up in a minute or two.
You’ll need whiskey, elderflower liqueur (grab it online if your store doesn’t have it), simple syrup, lemon juice and a few slices of cucumber.
Muddle 2 slices of cucumbed in a cocktail shaker and pour in your ingredients along with a good handful of ice. Shake hard and strain into a glass with ice.
6. Irish Espresso Martini
Few traditional Irish cocktails are as indulgent as the Irish Espresso Martini. The Baileys gives this a delicious, creamy and velvety texture that makes it perfect for after dinner.
Ingredients wise, you’ll need freshly brewed espresso (not instant!), Baileys Irish Cream and vodka. To make, add your whiskey, vodka and fresh espresso to a shaker with ice and shake hard. To serve, simply strain into a martini glass.
Irish mixed drinks you can make in under a minute
The second section of our guide looks at Irish mixed drinks that are quick and easy to whip up.
Below, you’ll find everything from the Irish Gold and the Irish Lemonade to some often-overlooked Irish liquor drinks.
1. Irish Gold
The Irish Gold is another of the more popular traditional Irish cocktails. For this one, you’ll need whiskey, peach schnapps, fresh orange juice, ginger ale and a lime.
Pour your ingredients into a glass 1/2 filled with ice. The cut two slices of lime and squeeze the juice from one into the glass and stir. Add the second slice to the top for garnish.
2. Irish Margarita
The Irish Margarita is a good option for those of you on the lookout for green Irish mixed drinks. This ones easy to make and it’s a popular St Patrick’s Day cocktail (the photo above should tell you why!).
For this one, you’ll need whiskey, lime juice, orange-flavoured liqueur and simple syrup. If you want to, you can also add green food colouring (I prefer it without it, to be honest!).
3. Irish Lemonade
If you’re looking for Irish cocktail recipes that you can make a batch of in advance of friends visiting, try the Irish Lemonade. This one is light, refreshing and very easy to sip away on.
All you need for this one is whiskey, soda water or ginger beer, lemonade, bitters, fresh mint and some ice. You can make a big jug of this and plonk it in front of friends and let them help themselves.
4. Irish Martini
The Irish Martini is one of the strongest Irish cocktail recipes in this guide, and it’s best suited to those that like drinks with a strong taste of alcohol.
Strength aside, this is easy to make and you can give it a fancy finish with some sugar around the rim and a lemon twist. You’ll need vodka, whiskey, dry vermouth, a lime and ice and about 60 seconds to mix it up and serve.
5. Irish Coffee
Classic Irish cocktails don’t come much classier than the humble Irish Coffee. Invented at the Foynes Airbase in Limerick in 1943, this is a warming drink that’s perfect for a chilly winters evening.
Ingredient wise, you’ll need whiskey, ground coffee, Demerara sugar, freshly whipped cream and nutmeg and/or chocolate for garnishing (find info on measurements here).
6. Irish Mojito
The Emerald-Isle-take on the Mojito has a good kick to it and it’s one of my go-to Irish mixed drinks for parties, as you’ll find very few people that don’t like the taste.
Packed full of zesty flavour, the Irish Mojito contains whiskey, mint, lime, sugar, ginger beer (or club soda). You’ll need to gently muddle the mint, sugar, and lime, first, with the end of a wooden spoon before adding in your liquids.
Classic Irish cocktails that range from mad to magical
The final section of our guide to the best traditional Irish cocktails looks at the more… unique cocktail creations out there.
Below, you’ll find everything from the Irish Mudslide and the Irish Slammer to some very funky Irish cocktail recipes.
1. Irish Mudslide
The Irish Mudslide is arguably more of a desert than a drink, but it’s one we find ourselves returning to time and time again. Now, don’t be put off by its appearance – this is super easy to make.
The trick to giving it a fancy look is to chill the glass, first, and then to add a swirl of chocolate around the inside of the glass (see photo above). Then place the glass in the fridge for 10 minutes until the chocolate firms up.
You then add your whiskey, Baileys, Kahlua, chocolate syrup, cream (or ice cream) and some chocolate for garnishing (see technique here).
2. Irish Slammer
Next up is one of the strong Irish liquor drinks – the Irish Slammer. This is a party-favourite that comes with a warning – if you let the baileys and whiskey sit in the Guinness for too long it’ll curdle!
To make this one, add a 1/2 shot of whiskey to a shot glass followed by 1/2 a shot of Baileys. Then take a large glass and 1/2 fill it with Guinness. To drink, you drop the shot into the glass and knock it back.
3. Irish Trash Can
So, the original recipe for the Irish Trash Can involves leaving the can of RedBull sticking out of the glass but, personally, I prefer to just pour the RedBull in, as it’s less messy.
For the Irish Trash Can, you’ll need a light rum, some gin, vodka, peach schnapps, Bols Blue Curacao Liquer, Triple Sec, RedBull and ice.
This is one of the most potent Irish cocktail recipes in this guide, so please do ensure that you keep that in mind when you’re drinking.
4. Nutty Irishman
The Nutty Irishman is one of my favourite classic Irish cocktails and it’s ideal for after dinner, as it’s very indulgent (and it looks amazing!).
To make it, you’ll need Baileys Irish Cream, Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur, whipped cream, smashed hazelnuts for garnishing and ice. It takes under 2 minutes to make and, although it’s nice and creamy, it has a nice kick to it.
5. Irish Eyes
The Irish Eyes is one of several green Irish liquor drinks that’s popular around Paddy’s Day. This is a quick and visually impressive drink that can be garnished with mint or shamrocks, if you have some.
It’s made using Baileys, whiskey, green Crème de menthe and fresh cream. Personally, I’m not mad on the taste of this one, but it’s very popular (I hate the taste of Crème de menthe…).
6. Irish Negroni
Last but by no means least in our Irish cocktail recipes guide is the Irish Negroni, ASA the ‘Rosie Negroni’. This one is pretty strong and it’s easy to make in under 60 seconds.
Take Campari, sweet vermouth, whiskey, fresh orange and ice and add the ingredients to a glass and stir. The strain this mixture into a fresh glass 1/2 filled with ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.
FAQs about Irish cocktail recipes
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘What are the tastiest traditional Irish cocktails?’ to ‘Which Irish mixed drinks have the least calories?’.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
What are the best Irish cocktails that are easy to mix?
Irish Whiskey Ginger, the Irish Lemonade and the Irish Gold are three easy-to-make Irish cocktail recipes.
What are some good Irish mixed drinks for a party?
The Irish Slammer, the Irish Trash Can and the Irish Maid are three popular Irish liquor drinks for a party.
I was born in a quiet corner of a Gaeltacht on the Dingle Peninsula. Over the years, I’ve explored Ireland far and wide, from the wilds of West Clare to the shores of Sherkin. Particularly fond of heritage, history and hikes (and words beginning with ‘H’, apparently…).