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5 Irish Drinks to Serve at Your Pub for St. Patrick’s Day

5 Irish Drinks to Serve at Your Pub for St. Patrick’s Day


5 Minute read, Published: February 20, 2024

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, there’s no better time to immerse yourself in the rich and spirited world of Irish beverages. Whether you’re hosting a festive gathering at your pub or simply looking to elevate your at-home celebrations, there are a few famous drinks that need to be on your menu.

In this blog, we’ll help you create an authentic Irish experience at your pub with these five Irish drinks to serve on St. Patrick’s Day. We’ll explore the timeless charm and cultural significance of each libation.

From the comforting Classic Irish Coffee to the iconic pour of Guinness, we’ll explore these beloved beverages. We’ll also discuss the nuanced flavours of Irish whiskey and the perfect pairings to elevate your tasting experience. Additionally, we’ll talk about a variety of delightful cocktails that can keep your pub patrons coming back for more.

Are you ready to raise your glass and prepare for a celebration of Irish tradition? Let’s begin!

1. The Classic Irish Coffee

The Classic Irish Coffee can bring the soul-soothing essence of Ireland to your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. This iconic beverage, born in the heart of Dublin, seamlessly blends rich, dark coffee with the smooth warmth of Irish whiskey, topped with velvety cream.

To create the perfect blend, start with freshly brewed coffee, Irish whiskey, and a dollop of whipped cream. Begin by pouring the whiskey into a warm mug, followed by the hot coffee. Gently float the cream on top by pouring it over the back of a spoon. This not only creates the best visual effect but also ensures a luxurious, creamy sip in every mouthful.

Serve it in a traditional Irish Coffee mug on a custom beer mat, and feel free to experiment with optional toppings like a sprinkle of cocoa or a dash of cinnamon.

2. Guinness

Irish drinks, two people toasting with mugs of dark beer.

Guinness, the classy Irish stout, is not just a drink; it’s an experience steeped in tradition and craftsmanship. Pouring the perfect pint is an art, and the iconic two-part pour is integral to achieving the flawless head that sets Guinness apart.

Start by pouring it halfway, allowing the beer to settle, and then complete the pour to create the distinctive creamy crown, enhancing the overall enjoyment of this Irish drink. The roasted barley gives off a rich, coffee-like essence, complemented by the subtle bitterness of hops. The result is a velvety, smooth texture that dances on the palate, leaving a lingering satisfaction.

You can also pair Guinness with foods like hearty stews, creating a great blend of savoury notes. For a briny contrast, try pairing it with fresh oysters, as the stout’s creaminess complements this unique flavour. Whether sipped alone or paired with culinary delights, Guinness is an essential choice for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

3. Irish Whiskeys

Irish whiskeys are known to be diverse and sophisticated. From velvety smooth blends to robust single malts and characterful pot still whiskeys, each variant has unique characteristics that showcase Ireland’s rich distilling heritage.

You can elevate the whiskey experience at your pub by offering tasting flights, allowing patrons to compare and savour the nuances of different brands and styles. The patrons can explore the complexities of Irish whiskey to find their preferences.

For those seeking a delightful twist, you could tantalise taste buds with Irish whiskey cocktails. Serve the classic Whiskey Sour, with its balance of sweet and sour notes, or the effervescent Dublin Mule, featuring ginger beer and lime. Whether enjoyed neat or mixed into creative concoctions, Irish whiskeys are great for enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

4. The Black and Tan

The Black and Tan is a beer cocktail that combines the rich depth of Guinness Stout with the crispness of a pale ale or lager. Crafting the perfect Black and Tan involves a careful pouring technique.

Begin by filling the glass halfway with the ale, then, using the back of a spoon, gently pour Guinness Stout over it. The spoon disperses the stout, creating a visually striking two-tone effect that enhances the drinking experience.

Despite its historical nuances, this layered beer cocktail has become a symbol of harmony, blending contrasting flavours to create a drink that offers a unique nod to Irish heritage.

5. Baileys Irish Cream

Irish drinks, glasses of Baileys Irish cream near chocolate, coffee beans and cinnamon sticks.

Baileys Irish Cream, one of the most popular Irish drinks, is renowned for its velvety texture and rich, creamy flavour that adds a luxurious twist to any libation. Baileys, with its base of Irish whiskey and dairy cream, is a versatile liqueur, perfect for creating innovative cocktails.

This St. Patrick’s Day, you could serve a Baileys Martini for a sophisticated blend of flavours or warm up your patrons with a cosy Baileys Hot Chocolate, creating a delightful blend of sweet and creamy notes.

For a truly decadent experience, you could also pair Baileys cocktails with desserts like chocolate truffles or creamy cheesecakes, elevating the dessert experience. Alternatively, you can incorporate Baileys into dessert recipes for a sinful touch, adding a creamy twist to culinary delights.

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