5 St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Recipes

Craft these festive drinks using Detroit City Distillery spirits
St. Patrick's Day cocktail
The crisp and tart Bourbon Smash is fittingly green for St. Patrick’s Day. // Photograph courtesy of Detroit City Distillery

Detroit City Distillery, which is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day event outside of its Eastern Market Tasting Room from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow, is sharing a few festive cocktails recipes in case you’d rather celebrate the Irish holiday in the comfort of your home.

Below, learn how to make a Bourbon Smash, Irish Mule, Irish Buck, Irish Coffee, and Hot Toddy using the local distillery’s spirits, which you can purchase at select stores across the metro Detroit area or online at detroitcitydistillery.com for curbside pickup.

Bourbon Smash

Ingredients:

2 oz. of Detroit City Distillery Butcher’s Cut Bourbon

¾ oz. lemon

¾ oz. simple syrup

Several sprigs of mint (save some for garnish)

Directions:

Shake all ingredients (including mint) with ice, then dump shaker into rocks glass without straining. Garnish with mint.

Irish Mule

Ingredients:

2 oz. of Detroit City Distillery Bloodline Whiskey

½ oz. lime juice

3 oz. ginger beer

Directions:

Build the drink in a large rocks glass. Add ice then add a lime wedge on rim of glass.

St. Patrick's Day cocktail
The Irish Buck is a bright whiskey cocktail with lime juice and ginger ale. // Photograph courtesy of Detroit City Distillery

Irish buck

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz. of Detroit City Distillery Homegrown Rye whiskey

¼ oz. of freshly squeezed lime juice

2 oz. of ginger ale

1 lime wheel

Directions:

Add the whiskey and lime juice into a Collins glass and top with ginger ale. Garnish with the lime wheel.

Irish Coffee

Ingredients:

2 oz. of Detroit City Distillery Homegrown Rye Whiskey

Hot coffee made from your favorite local roaster

Brown sugar to taste

Whipped cream

Ground nutmeg

Directions:

Pour the whiskey, coffee, and brown sugar into a glass and top with whipped cream and ground nutmeg.

Hot Toddy

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz. of Detroit City Distillery Butcher’s Cut Bourbon

1 Tbsp of honey

Juice from half a lemon

Hot water

Directions:

Add the bourbon, honey, and lemon juice into a mug with hot water and stir. Experiment with different teas for a twist.

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