Guinness may be a St. Patrick’s Day tradition, but there are a slew of festive cocktails specially created to put you in the holiday spirit at these New York City bars and restaurants. Sláinte! By Sarah Shaker.
Without Fear, Whiskey Park
Available at Whiskey Park, Stone Rose Lounge, Whiskey Blue, Lilium and THE LCL: Bar & Kitchen, the Gerber Group restaurants and bars are in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit! Without Fear combines Jameson black barrel, Rothman & Winter apricot liqueur, lemon juice, honey and a dash Angostura bitters shaken with a soda float and dressed with a lemon wedge.
GO Burger Bar & Grill
Go for a boozy dessert with GO Burger Bar & Grill’s “Kiss Me I’m Irish” Shake this St. Patrick’s Day. This Upper East Side burger joint is serving this specialty drink to celebrate the holiday with Jameson, Bailey’s, Guinness, Vanilla Ice Cream, Coffee Ice Cream (or shot of espresso) and green food coloring, garnished with whipped cream, shamrock sprinkles and topped with a green shamrock cookie.
Lu(Qui) Clover, Casa La Femme
Who would have guessed that an authentic Egyptian restaurant would be serving the perfect St. Patrick’s Day cocktail? Dine at Casa La Femme in the West Village for the Lu(Qui) Clover made with Qui Tequila, natural agave syrup, fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice and fresh mint leaves shaken over ice and served in a rocks glass.
Yankees fans can go for a St. Patrick’s Day and baseball themed drink to celebrate at NYY Steak in Midtown. The specialty Batter-Up cocktail features Middleton Rare Irish Whiskey, Irish Mist, Blackberry compote, a squeeze of lemon and topped with Guinness Stout then garnished with mint. Pair this strong libation with one of their classic appetizers like NYY Steak Bacon (thick-cut slab bacon, wilted spinach, maple glaze) or one of their 21-day dry aged prime steaks like the popular 27 oz. Long Bone Rib Eye.
Vetro Restaurant & Lounge
Go classic this St. Patrick’s Day with an old school Nutty Irishman at Vetro Restaurant & Lounge in Howard Beach, Queens. This traditional libation combines Baileys Irish Cream and Frangelico liqueur topped with whipped cream and a dash ground cinnamon for a real sweet boozy treat.
Green Goblin, BLT Steak New York
For a refreshing St. Patrick’s Day cocktail, try the Green Goblin at BLT Steak New York. Muddled mint leaves and granulated sugar are combined with Finlandia Vodka, triple sec, green crème de menthe and a splash of Angostura Bitters. The ingredients are shaken with ice and strained into a rocks glass over fresh ice and toped with ginger beer.
Green Tea Margarita, Haru
For a bright green libation that’s a great alternative to the traditional St. Patrick’s whiskey, visit Haru to sip on a Green Tea Margarita, featuring Patron, for a strong way to celebrate. Patron Reposado tequila, Zen Green Tea Liqueur, sour mix, Triple Sec and Rose’s Lime Juice are shaken over ice, strained and served straight up in a Cosmo glass, with a garnished rim of salt and a lime wedge.
Overlook, Lantern's Keep
Nestled deep inside the historic Iroquois Hotel walls lies Lantern’s Keep, an intimate craft cocktail salon. The concise cocktail list includes the traditional Irish cocktail, Overlook featuring Knappogue Castle 12 yr. Irish Whiskey, Apry (an apricot liqueur), Blanc Vermouth (a style native to Chambéry, France, semi-sweet) and angostura bitters, served over ice with a twist of lemon.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.