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Cocktail Time – St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

thumb_Galway International Oyster Festival1_1024The Irish don’t need an excuse to drink, but St. Patrick’s Day gives them just that. Come March 17th, we’re all Irish (and therefore need to try these drinks!)

Cocktails courtesy – Tulleeho Book of Cocktails



St. Paddy's Day Parade - Dublin
St. Paddy’s Day Parade – Dublin

Pineapple and hazelnut? Really? Yes, really! This interesting combination is unexpectedly good – taste for yourself and see.

  • Irish whiskey                  45 ml
  • Hazelnut syrup              10 ml
  • Cointreau                        15 ml
  • Pineapple juice               20 ml
  • Ice                                     to fill shaker
  • Orange peel                     a curl, to garnish

Add all the ingredients to a shaker full of ice. Shake well and strain into the glass. Garnish with the orange peel and serve.

Tulleeho Tip: Try this as a nutty martini by omitting the pineapple juice and serving it in a cocktail glass.

Black Velvet

St. Paddy's Day Parade, Dublin
St. Paddy’s Day Parade, Dublin

This classic cocktail was first created by the bartender at the Brook’s Club of London in 1861, to mourn the passing of Queen Victoria’s consort Prince Albert. It was supposed to symbolize the black armbands worn by mourners. You no longer need a reason to mourn to enjoy this drink.

  • Guinness stout      1 can
  • Champagne          1 quart


Half-fill the glass with the Guinness. Now gently float the champagne over it by sliding it down against the inside of the glass. Serve immediately.

St. Paddy's Day Parade, Dublin
St. Paddy’s Day Parade, Dublin

Irish Coffee

Cocktail legend has it that one Joseph Sheridan, a chef at Foynes Port in Limerick County, Ireland, added a generous dash of Irish whiskey to regular coffee to warm up passengers on their way over to America – and in that moment of brilliance, the classic Irish coffee was born.


  • Irish whiskey                                    60 ml
  • Black coffee                                      1 cup, hot
  • Brown sugar                                     1 tbsp
  • Sweetened whipped cream            to top
  • Instant coffee/cocoa powder         to garnish

Pour the coffee into the cup, add the whiskey and brown sugar and stir to dissolve. Float the whipped cream above, sprinkle a little instant coffee/cocoa powder on top and serve immediately.