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The Shamrock Cocktail (The Perfect St Patrick’s Day Cocktail)

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up and what better way to celebrate than with a tasty cocktail! This year, we’ve got the perfect drink for you: The Shamrock cocktail. 

Who doesn’t love putting a little green in their glass? Whether you’re throwing a St. Paddy’s day party or just want to enjoy some drinks at home, this shamrock cocktail will definitely be your go-to drink all night long!

The nice thing about this green cocktail is that it is super easy to make. You can whip up a batch or even a pitcher to serve to a crowd if you are throwing a party. 

This green cocktail is fruity and delicious and a cousin of the famous  Grinch Cocktail Recipe that is really popular around the holidays. 

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A lot of people consider green beer to be the drink of St Patrick’s Day but the truth is, there are lots of fun green drinks that can be enjoyed during the Irish holiday. 

I love the Shamrock because it is nice for people who don’t fancy a beer but want to get in on the green cocktail action. 

This cocktail is:

  • Perfect for St Patrick’s Day
  • Easy to make for a crowd
  • Fun for any occasion
  • Fruity and sweet
  • The perfect green drink

While the name of this cocktail says it all, we’re going to break down exactly what’s in a shamrock cocktail and how you can make your own.

The ingredients are simple but pretty strong. Think of this cocktail as a St Patrick’s Day riff on the classic Hurricane cocktail. 

I love the Shamrock Cocktail because it is fruity and refreshing plus its super easy to make. 

We recommend using a jigger for measurements because these drinks go down pretty easy. But be careful; they taste delicious but pack quite the punch! Cheers!

How To Make A Shamrock Cocktail

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You don’t need anything too complicated to make this fruity treat. A hurricane class is ideal but you can also make it in a high ball class too. 

As far as ingredients go, you will need the following:

White Rum

I used Bacardi but you can use your white rum of choice. 


I used plain vodka for this cocktail as it already has a bunch of flavors from the Blue Curacao and Juice. 

Blue Curacao

This is what will give your cocktail the brilliant green color. Blue Curacao is a liqueur that has a citrusy flavor and works great in tropical drinks. 

It does contain alcohol but you can buy a non-alcoholic Blue Curacao syrup like the one made by Torani if you prefer. 

If you don’t have Blue Curacao on hand, you can use blue food coloring and some Triple sec or Cointreau. 

Orange Juice

An orange juice mixer will give you Shamrock cocktail its pretty green hue and also make your drink a little less potent! 

Shamrock Cocktail ingredients

How To Make A Shamrock Cocktail

Step 1

Add your vodka and rum to the class

Step 2

Next add 3/4 oz of Blue Curacao

add Blue Curacao to your shamrock cocktail

Step 3

Top with Orange juice

top your Shamrock cocktail with orange juice

How To Make A Shamrock Pitcher

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You can double, triple or more this drink to make it for a crowd.

The only thing is that it might be best to combine the vodka, rum and Blue Curacao. So you would have 2 3/4 oz of drink to pour into each hurricane. 

Then pour those into the individual glasses and top with orange juice. 

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Variations on the Shamrock Cocktail

If you are a fan of the Shamrock and want to try some other versions – here are my top picks:

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The green Hawaiian is another amazing green cocktail that you can try for St Patrick’s Day.

It uses Malibu Rum and pineapple juice for a more subdued green color than the Shamrock. 

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Ok, so the Frankenstein is a Halloween cocktail but why don’t we change the name to “Awesome Green Cocktail” for now. This is another cocktail that uses pineapple juice and Blue Curacao however, the alcohol in this drink is vodka only. 

Shamrock Cocktail Recipe

how to make a cocktail for St Patrick's day

how to make a cocktail for St Patrick's day
Yield: 1

Shamrock Cocktail For St Patrick's Day

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

St Patrick's Day is almost here and this Shamrock cocktail is the ideal drink to serve at your party! Irish eyes will most definitely be smiling when they try this delicious drink.


  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Rum
  • 3/4 oz Blue Curacao
  • 3 -4 oz orange juice
  • Hurricane Glass


  1. Put ice in your glass
  2. Add in the rum and then follow with the vodka
  3. Add in the Blue Curacao
  4. Top with orange juice and then stir to mix the colors


  1. If you don't have Blue Curacao, you can use blue food coloring and Triple Sec. You can also use non-alcoholic Blue Curacao syrup
  2. To make for a crowd, combine the alcohols (multiply depending on how many people you are serving) in the pitcher and pour into glasses. The top each glass with orange juice.

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