Five Traditional Irish Drinks

When it comes to ‘traditional’ Irish drinks, there are few people who have not heard of Guinness. It is the drink synonymous with Ireland, known the world over. It’s a must-have for 31st March on St Patrick’s Day, but there is nothing to say you shouldn’t enjoy it all year round. But Guinness is not the only drink the Irish enjoy. Here are just a few.


The ultimate St Patrick’s Day party drink, a pint of Guinness is a must-have. Sold around the world now, its popularity is still at meteoric heights in its native land. It’s a dry stout, and many people believe Guinness tastes better in Ireland. With the Guinness Museum and brewery among the top sights to see in Dublin, you’ll be able to decide for yourself.

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Bailey’s Irish Cream, to give it its full name, is another drink band synonymous with Ireland. A firm favourite all year round, Bailey’s is particularly popular at Christmas. Best served over ice, Bailey’s is a delicious, creamy, almost chocolatey drink that also works well as a shot in coffee.


Another strong brand name in the drinks market, Magners cider has come to prominence in recent years thanks to some big budget advertising campaigns. Nothing says summer quite like an ice-cold cider at a barbecue, though warming the cider with spices takes it through the winter nights, too.

Irish Breakfast Shots

Irish drinks are not always about partying at night. An Irish Breakfast shot – with whiskey, orange juice, butterscotch liqueur and even a slice of bacon – is not for the faint-hearted. Essentially, it’s breakfast in a glass.

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Irish Coffee

All good meals end with coffee at the end, and in Ireland they make Irish Coffee. Another breakfast cocktail, the Irish Coffee is a really indulgent drink. Containing coffee and whiskey with sugar and topped with cream, this is a wonderful way to start your day.

For more reasons to visit the beautiful Emerald Isle, see some of the suggestions from Visit Ireland If you can’t wait to get to Ireland, treat yourself or a loved one to St Patricks Day gifts from specialist online retailers like

A trip to Ireland to sample the delicious food and drink on offer is set to be a holiday to remember.

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