Enjoy the luck of the Irish this March 17th with this amazing St. Patrick’s Day cocktail. The perfect blend of delicious sweetness and buzzing tartness, with the added fun of sparkling bubbles, this is the only way to celebrate the Irish holiday. Or any spring day for that matter!
What drink is popular on St. Patrick’s Day?
You can’t beat a sparkling shamrock cocktail on St. Patrick's Day! My favorite out of all the St. Patrick’s Day cocktails, this drink is light and sweet, making it the perfect thing to sip on during a warm spring day.
Here's another popular St. Patrick’s Day drink you’ll love:
- Drunken Leprechaun Milkshake — the perfect way to use your homemade Bailey’s Irish cream.
How to make this St. Patrick’s Day cocktail alcohol-free
Great news: this St. Patrick’s Day drink tastes just as good with and without the alcohol. So if you want to make it alcohol free, go ahead. Simply follow the recipe at the bottom but skip the vodka. That’s all.
Vodka has one of the subtlest flavors out of all the spirits, so you really won't notice it's not there. You don’t have to worry about substituting it with anything, either. Simply skip it and you’re good to go.
Must-have ingredient for this St. Patrick’s Day cocktail
I don’t usually make recipes with special ingredients, but this St. Patty’s Day drink is an exception. To make it, you’ll need Le Monin elderflower syrup. Le Monin syrups are far superior to any other syrups and a little goes a long way, believe me.
There are plenty of other cocktail recipes you can use Le Monin elderflower syrup for, too. Sparkling Elderflower Punch, anyone? It definitely won't go to waste.
Can’t get your hands on Le Monin elderflower syrup? Okay, I’ll let you in on my substitute secret. The elderflower syrup from IKEA will do in a pinch. The store isn’t all meatballs and furniture!
How to scale the recipe
The St. Patrick’s Day recipe below is enough for a single serving of this Sparkling Shamrock Cocktail. If you’re throwing a St. Patrick’s Day party, here are the quantities you’ll need to make a jug (about 8 servings) of this sparkling green cocktail.
- 12oz/350ml vodka
- 16oz/475ml lemon-lime soda, like Sprite or 7UP
- 8oz/235ml apple juice
- 2oz/60ml elderflower syrup
- Juice from 1 lime
Pour all the St. Patrick’s Day cocktail ingredients into a jug and give it a stir. Place it in the fridge for up to 2 hours to chill (any longer than that and the bubbles from the lemon-lime soda will fizz out) before serving.
Add some ice into individual glasses before serving to make it extra refreshing. Don’t add ice into the jug or you’ll end up watering down this St. Patrick’s Day drink.
Sparkling Shamrock Cocktail
- 1.5 oz/45ml vodka
- 2 oz/60ml lemon-lime soda like Sprite or 7UP
- 1 oz/30ml apple juice
- Squeeze of fresh lime juice
- Dash of elderflower syrup
- Place all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake.
- Pour into a glass over ice and serve.