I’ve always liked the Irish Trash Can drink, but I’ve always hated when it’s served with a can of RedBull stuck in it…
Why?! Well, I never know whether the person has cleaned the can before sticking it in the drink and because it’s messy!
So, in this guide you’ll find an easy-to-follow Irish Trash Can recipe that has all the punch of the cocktail you know and love without the can sat inside it!
Some quick need-to-knows before making our Irish Trash Can drink
Before you look at how to make the Irish Trash Can, it’s worth taking 20 seconds to read the below points, first, as it’ll make the process a bit easier for you.
1. You can stick the can in if you want
The Irish Trash Can drink is one that’s usually served up at parties and, to be fair, it looks kind of cool with the can sat on top. You can add it in, if you like!
2. Pick premium gin and vodka, if you can
Gin and vodka make up a good chunk of this cocktail. If you can, avoid getting the cheapest bottles on the shelf as they tend to be more severe on the palate.
3. Garnish to taste
If you, like me, don’t fancy sticking the can of RedBull in the glass, you might want to garnish the glass with a slice of lemon (or a twist of lemon) to brighten it up a little.
Our Irish Trash Can cocktail ingredients
There’s a lot of ingredients in the Irish Trash Can drink, but you should be able to grab most of them in any good corner store with a drinks section. You’ll need:
- 1/2 an ounce of gin (see our Irish gins guide)
- 1/2 an ounce of light rum (like Bacardi)
- 1/2 an ounce of vodka (we like Dingle vodka!)
- 1/2 an ounce of peach schnapps
- 1/2 an ounce of Bols Blue Curacao Liqueur
- 1/2 an ounce of Triple Sec (Cointreau also works)
- 5 ounces of RedBull
How to make an Irish Trash Can
Although there’s a heap of ingredients, the Irish Trash Can recipe is very easy to follow and only takes a minute or so to get it ready to rock:
Step 1: Prep your (tall) glass
As there are a lot of ingredients in this Irish Trash Can recipe, you’ll need a nice, tall glass, then it’s time to chill! You can pop it in the fridge for 10 – 15 minutes or you can 1/2 fill it with ice and then swirl the ice around the glass until the glass is nice and cool.
Drain out any excess water and then top up the glass with more ice until it’s 1/2 filled.
Step 2: Assemble your cocktail
Pour 1/2 an ounce of gin, 1/2 an ounce of light rum, 1/2 an ounce of vodka, 1/2 an ounce of peach schnapps, 1/2 an ounce of Bols Blue Curacao Liqueur and 1/2 an ounce of Triple Sec into the glass and give it a quick stir.
Step 3: Either stick in the can of RedBull or gently pour
So, the regular Irish Trash Can recipe involves resting the can of RedBull in the glass and letting the liquid slowly enter the mixture. It looks cool, as the yellowy-green RedBull starts to seep into the blue mixture.
However, you can also just gently pour the RedBull into the glass, and it’s just as good. Garnish with a slice or twist of lemon and you’re ready to rock!
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FAQs about our Irish Trashcan Recipe
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Is this cocktail very strong?’ to ‘Does the can have to be in the glass?’.
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 ingredients are in an Irish Trash Can?
You need gin, light rum, vodka, peach schnapps, Bols Blue Curacao Liqueur, Triple Sec, RedBull, ice and a fresh lemon.
Is the Irish Trash Can drink very strong?
Yes. This drink combines vodka, gin, rum and a couple of liqueurs, so it’s alcohol volume is high. Always drink responsibly.
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…).