Still Feeling the Luck of the Irish? Try These Cocktails!


Spreading the luck o’ the Irish through drink, three top hotels and resorts share their best cocktail recipes for a festive St. Patrick’s Day celebration, post celebration, or any day you want to feel the luck of the Irish:

Good Luck Chuck


KANU Lounge at the Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, NY

  • 1oz Redbreast 12 year
  • .5oz simple syrup
  • .25oz lemon juice
  • Splash of POM juice
  • 1oz egg white

Dry shake above ingredients
Then, add ice and shake
Strain into flute
Top with Great ADK Whiteface Stout
Garnish with Micro Mint


Luck of the Irish


jade bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale, AZ

  • 2 oz. Redbreast
  • 1oz. Guinness
  • simple syrup
  • ¾ oz. lemon juice
  • ½ oz. apple juice

Combine ingredients into a shaker
Shake and pour into cocktail glass


Carolina Emperor


The Bar and Lounge at The Umstead Hotel and Spa

  • 2 oz Hendricks Gin
  • .5 oz St. Germain
  • 2 oz Cucumber-Yuzu
  • 1 Ice Emerald
  • 1 oz Fever Tree Tonic
  • Liquid Nitrogen
  • Cucumber Twist

Combine all ingredients except Liquid Nitrogen in a mixer and shake
Pour into glass goblet
Top with Liquid Nitrogen
Garnish with Cucumber Twist


Origin of the phrase? 

We were curious where this phrase came from, so we had a little search on the internet and found this explanation from mental floss:

The phrase luck of the Irish is commonly thought to mean “extreme good fortune.” However, according to Edward T. O’Donnell, an Associate Professor of History at Holy Cross College and author of 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish American History, the term has not an Irish origin but “a happier, if not altogether positive,” American one.

“During the gold and silver rush years in the second half of the 19th century, a number of the most famous and successful miners were of Irish and Irish American birth. . . .Over time this association of the Irish with mining fortunes led to the expression ‘luck of the Irish.’ Of course, it carried with it a certain tone of derision, as if to say, only by sheer luck, as opposed to brains, could these fools succeed.”


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