From Guinness and Baileys to the more unusual Irish Breakfast shot, these are the top Irish drinks you've got to try. 

When it comes to drinking, the folks down in Ireland know how to do it right. That’s why the rest of the world loves St Patrick’s Day - it’s a great excuse to go out for a few scoops in good ol’ Irish fashion.

But no matter how much you love St Patrick’s Day, unless you’re Irish yourself, there’s a good chance you’ve not tried all the delectable bevvies that the country has to offer. That’s why today, we’re going to be talking about five traditional Irish drinks that you have to try at least once in your lifetime. These five concoctions will help you throw a mean party next St Pat’s and will definitely get you on your merry way.

1. Guinness

Ok, you’ve probably heard of this one already - but it would be an absolute crime not to mention it. It’s Ireland’s most famous (or infamous?) drink: Guinness. Guinness is a dark Irish dry stout, with a strong, sharp flavor of malted barley and a thick creamy head. It’s firmly rooted in Irish history. It was first concocted way back in 1759 in the brewery of Arthur Guinness in Dublin. Since then, it’s grown into one of the most successful global beer brands and is sold all across the world. But while it’s a firm favorite amongst grandpa’s all across the globe, nowhere is it more popular than back in Ireland, where it’s the overall best-selling drink and generates around 2 billion euros in revenue every single year.

2. Irish Breakfast Shot

Irish breakfast shot. Photo: Yelp

Irish breakfast shot. Photo: Yelp

Continuing along the same theme, the next traditional Irish drink I wanted to mention is the Irish Breakfast Shot. The Irish breakfast shot makes the Irish Coffee look ordinary and boring. This shot contains Irish whiskey, butterscotch liqueur, orange juice, and a strip of bacon. That’s right - actual bacon. In short, it’s everything you love about breakfast time rolled into one delicious alcoholic drink.

If you’re interested in trying it out, definitely check out this guide to an Irish breakfast shot.

3. Bailey’s Irish Cream

Baileys Irish Cream

Baileys Irish Cream

Bailey’s Irish Cream is to mom’s what Guinness is to grandpa’s. It’s a delicious, creamy, chocolatey liquor that’s part-alcoholic drink, part-dessert. It reminds me of hot cocoa, but one made exclusively for adults. Also, unlike cocoa, it’s not typically consumed hot. It’s actually best-served moderately cool, but some people also serve them on ice or as a shot in a coffee Bailey’s isn’t the only cream liquor popular in Ireland, but it is one of the most well-known brands.

4. Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee

As we all know, it’s never too early to start drinking, but who wants a beer at 8AM? Noone. That’s why Ireland gifted the world with Irish coffee. This breakfast cocktail is a delicious mix of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar. That’s all stirred together and topped off with delicious cream.

5. Irish Cider

Magner's

Magner's

Last up, we have Irish cider - specifically, we’re talking about brands like Bulmer’s and Magner’s. These light, fruity drinks are perfect on a balmy summer afternoon. There’s nothing quite like a cold Irish cider to wash down your barbeque food. In the winter, these beverages are swapped out for a different kind of Irish cider - a hot, spiced cider that makes the perfect pick me up to get you through the gloomy winter nights.

What's your favorite Irish drink? Let me know in the comment section or on social media. 

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