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The Best Irish Whiskey Cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick’s Day is known for its parades, green beer, glittery shamrock-adorned top hats, and distinctly un-saintly behavior (usually fueled by the aforementioned green beer). If you would prefer to celebrate the holiday without the chaos of 100,000 frat boys dressed in Kelly green, the best way to honor the Celtic tradition is with a round or two of Irish whiskey cocktails—made and served in the comfort of your own home.

Irish whiskey is not only one of the most drinkable spirits in the world, it is also one of the most mixable. With more Irish whiskies being imported to the United States than ever, St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect excuse to get familiar with the spirit. While you can enjoy it straight, the honeyed whiskey is a perfect swap in classic cocktails like a Manhattan, or in staples like the Emerald Isle’s infamous winter treat, Irish Coffee. Here, nine of the best cocktail recipes to make with Irish whiskey to save you from having to leave the house this St. Patrick’s Day.

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Served hot with a fat dollop of whipped cream as garnish, the Irish Coffee is the ultimate comfort cocktail. If you’re in need of inner warmth this Saint Patrick’s day, cozy up to with this caffeinated staple. Once the first couple of sips hit you, you’ll not only be ready to celebrate the holiday, you’ll also be warm enough to take off your sweater and rock that leprechaun costume.

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Irish Whiskey
Coffee
Whipped Cream
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Opt for a big and bold Irish whiskey, one aged in sherry barrels (like Power’s John Lane or Knappogue Castle 14 year), in this haute Negroni variation. The whiskey’s robust depth, tannic, bitter flavors and fruity sweetness has the gusto to stand up to Campari.

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Rye
Campari
Sweet Vermouth
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The beauty of the Japanese Highball is how it elevates whiskey to an art form. Subbing Irish whiskey in for the usual Japanese whisky is an easy swap. Japanese whiskies are clean and focused, much like many Irish whiskies.

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Japanese Whiskey
Soda Water
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This Irish whiskey variation on the classic Whiskey Sour is bright and floral, with notes of honey and stone fruits like apricot, along with bracing acidity from the lemon. The best part is the garnish, which not only adds an earthy, herbaceousness to the drink, but also serves as an appropriately green snack to nosh on while you sip.

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Irish Whiskey
Honey-Sage Syrup
St-Germain
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Round and creamy with a savory edge from a splash of caraway-heavy aquavit, this is the Irish whiskey Martini at the end of the rainbow. Created by Jillian Vose at New York’s famed Irish cocktail tavern, The Dead Rabbit, this cocktail is so delicious that soon after your first drink, you’ll find yourself in a song and a jig.

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Irish Whiskey
Aquavit
1 dash celery bitters
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No, James Franco did not invent this shot. James Franco is an actor, not a cocktail wizard.  Portland, Oregon, bartender Carlton Dunlap’s shot mixes Jameson Irish whiskey and Frangelico for a buttery-sweet shooter. After knocking one—or two—back, wash the sweetness down with a traditional Irish beer like Kilkenny Irish Red.

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Jameson Irish Whiskey
Frangelico
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Forget the bourbon or rye. The next time you make a Manhattan, stir it up with honeyed Irish whiskey as the base. For a balanced drink, use a lighter, wine-based vermouth like Dubonnet Rouge to allow the whiskey to shine through.

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Whiskey
Sweet Vermouth
bitters
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Beyond the inconsiderate and unfortunate name, this shot and a beer combo is a time-honored rite of passage on St. Patrick’s Day. But, whatever you do, don't order one at a bar—especially an Irish pub. Instead, make this Depth Charge variation at home and try to come up with a better, less offensive name for it. 

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Irish Whiskey
Irish Cream
Guinness

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