The Irish Eyes cocktail is a great option for those of you looking for St Patrick’s Day drinks.
This is a bold green drink that stands out both in appearance and taste. The fact that it’s easy to make is the icing on the cake!
In the guide below, you’ll find a no-BS, easy-to-follow Irish Eyes cocktail recipe that takes less than 2 minutes to prepare.
Some quick need-to-knows before making an Irish Eyes cocktail
Before you look at how to make an Irish Eyes, take 20 seconds to read the points below – they’ll make the process easier and your drink tastier:
1. Use a decent Irish whiskey
There’s some excellent Irish whiskey brands on the market today. Luckily, many of the good ones hopefully won’t break the bank, as you’ll discover in our guide to the best cheap Irish whiskey. Personally, I always go for Redbreast 12.
2. Don’t worry if you don’t have a cocktail shaker
They’re great to have, but a protein shaker, while not as easy-on-the-eye, does just as good a job (and they’re cheaper to buy, too!).
3. Have fun with the garnish
So, many people use a cherry to garnish their Irish Eyes cocktail. Personally, I like to add a couple of leaves of mint, as I like the fragrance. You could also add a single (clean) shamrock, if you have them growing in your garden.
Our Irish Eyes ingredients
The ingredients for the Irish Eyes cocktail are nice and straightforward, and you should be able to get most of them in a local store. Here’s what you need:
- 1 ounce of a good Irish whiskey (add more or less depending on how strong you want it to be)
- 1/4 ounce of Baileys
- 1/4 ounce of green Crème de menthe
- 2 ounces cream
How to make an Irish Eyes
An Irish Eyes cocktail is very handy to assemble, and you’ll have yours ready-to-rock in less than 2 minutes. Here’s what to do:
Step 1: Prep your glass
You need to chill your glass, first. Now, you can either leave it in the fridge for 15 minutes or you can simply 1/2 fill it with ice and leave it sit while you assemble your drink.
Step 2: Add the mixture to a shaker
Take your shaker and add 1 ounce of whiskey, 1/4 ounces of Baileys, 1/4 ounces of green Crème de menthe and 2 ounces of fresh cream.
1/2 fill the shaker with ice and shake hard until your feel the shaker get nice and cool.
Step 3: Strain into your chilled glass
Take your empty chilled glass and 1/2 fill it with ice. Then strain your Irish Eyes cocktail over the ice. Garnish however you like and serve it up.
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FAQs about making an Irish Eyes cocktail
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Is this a strong cocktail?’ (it is) to ‘Can you make this without a shaker?’ (you can).
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 do you need to make an Irish Eyes cocktail?
You need 1 ounce of whiskey, 1/4 ounce of Baileys, 1/4 ounce of green Crème de menthe and 2 ounces cream.
What’s the tastiest Irish Eyes recipe?
Chill a glass, first, and then add whiskey, Baileys, green Crème de menthe and cream to a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain over ice.
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…).