The thing about St. Patrick's Day falling on a Friday is that it inevitably means the Paddy's Day festivities will extend into the weekend, with festivals, parades, parties and pub crawls galore. If your way of celebrating St. Patrick's Day involves drinking - 1. We hope you do so responsibly; and 2. we hope you'll consider these St. Patrick's Day cocktail options, because one day of guzzling beer is quite enough. 

Classy Cocktails for St. Patrick's Day: 

Black Velvet

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Flute Vueve Clicquot Champagne
  • 1/2 Flute Guinness Extra Stout

Method:

Pour the Guinness Extra Stout into a clean/polished champagne flute. Top up the glass with the champagne, being careful to ensure there is no overspill. The Guinness Black Velvet should have a good dark color with a frothy head, resembling a Pint of Guinness.

Little Peaty

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Hennessy V.S.
  • .25 oz Connemara Peated Whiskey 
  • .5 oz Grand Marnier 
  • Garnish with a cherry

Method:

This powerful little shot will bring you straight back to the peat bogs! Add all ingredients with ice to a shaker tin, shake until chilled and strain into a shot glass, drop a cherry to the bottom of the drink.

Kiss Me, I'm Irish

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Belvedere Vodka
  • Dash Elderflower Syrup
  • 3 chunks grapefruit
  • Fresh mint leaves

Method:

Muddle grapefruit with elderflower cordial.

Add crushed ice and mix. Re-top with crushed ice and garnish with a grapefruit wedge and some fresh mint leaves for a kick of green.

Naturally the classic option if you want a hot drink would be a hot whiskey, but some among us may be too whiskey'd out after Friday's festivities. This slightly more mellow variation uses cognac instead. Add all liquids to a heat proof mug, stir to dissolve honey, garnish with a cinnamon stick.

If your're planning on making St. Patrick's Day last all weekend, these classy cocktails are an excellent alternative to that questionable green beer.iStockphoto