8 Paddy’s Day Cocktails To Increase Till Totals

St. Patrick’s Day is No.2 in terms of alcohol sales volume in the United States, Fourth of July being No.1. Whether you’re an Irish bar or an Armenian restaurant, there is a place for you on March 17th. Elevate sales by creating a reason to spend. Think beyond the green-beer pitcher and trade-up customers with premium, themed cocktails that support a celebratory mood and increase margins, as well as repeat orders.

Here are 8 quick-to-make cocktails that won’t slow your service, but will increase your till totals.


Gaelic Grasshopper

By Pamela Wiznitzer

  • 1.5 oz Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 1 oz Proper No. Twelve Irish whiskey
  • .5 oz Brancamenta
  • .5 oz Creme de Cacao

Directions: Shake lightly and strain over crushed ice. Garnish with mint and shaved chocolate.

Irish Slang

By Pamela Wiznitzer

  • 1.5 oz Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
  • 1.5 oz Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur
  • .75 oz Borghetti Liqueur
  • .5 oz Grand Marnier

Build: Shake and strain into a highball. Garnish with an orange slice.

Proper Irish Coffee

  • 2 oz Proper No. Twelve Whiskey
  • 4 oz hot coffee
  • .75 oz simple syrup
  • 2-3 oz heavy cream

Build: In a shaker or jar, shake or whip heavy cream until slightly thickened (not completely stiff). In a mug, add Proper No. Twelve Whiskey, hot coffee, and simple syrup. Stir. Carefully layer on top the thickened heavy cream until it covers the drink. Optional grating of nutmeg on top.

Dublin 12 Old Fashioned

  • 2 oz Proper No. Twelve Whiskey
  • 1 Bar Spoon Simple Syrup
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Lemon Wedge
  • Cherry

Build: In a lowball glass, add Proper No. Twelve Whiskey, simple syrup and bitters. Add ice to the glass and stir together. Garnish with lemon wedge & cherry.

Proper Manhattan

  • 2 oz Proper No. Twelve Whiskey
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 brandied cherry

Build: Combine Proper No. Twelve Whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters into a mixing vessel. Add ice and stir. Strain into a coupe/martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Celtic Sipper

  • 1.5 oz. Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 2 oz. Zaya Gran Reserva
  • 1.5 oz. Coconut Water

Build: Shake cocktail and strain in a highball over ice. On a separate plate (or on the stove top) lightly toast some shredded coconut (or with a torch) and Sprinkle it on top of the drink.

Kerry’s Morning

  • 1 oz. Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 1.75 oz. Orange Infused Irish whiskey
  • .25 oz. Demerara Syrup
  • 2.5 oz. Strong Brewed Coffee

Build: Shake all of the components and strain into a highball glass with ice. Garnish can be either chocolate shavings with orange zest, a chocolate dipped orange slice, or a fresh orange slice and square of chocolate!

Blended Blarney

  • 1.5 oz. Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 1.75 oz. Seagram’s Vodka
  • .5 oz. Honey Water
  • 5-6 Slices of Banana
  • Pinch of Pink Sea Salt
  • Ice


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