Our recipe for Irish Margaritas is simple yet flavorful, featuring Jameson Irish Whiskey and quality tequila – perfect for any festive occasion!
Margaritas are a classic party cocktail, and with St. Patrick’s Day coming up, why not enjoy them with an Irish twist?
Take a look at our other St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails too!
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The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.
Add these Irish Margaritas (and our other Unique Margarita Recipes) to your cocktail arsenal, and you’ll be ready for St. Patrick’s Day!
In these green margaritas, we’ve replaced the traditional orange liqueur with Jameson Irish Whiskey and added a drop of food coloring to make them festive.
Shake up a margarita for yourself, or make a big batch for a St. Patty’s shindig!
You can turn this recipe into frozen margs and mocktail Irish margaritas (for the non-drinkers) – we tell you how in this post.
So grab the ingredients from your liquor cabinet and let’s get shaking!
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Ingredients For Irish Margarita Cocktails
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- Fresh Limes – for squeezing to include in the cocktail, for rimming the glass, and as garnish.
- Jameson Irish Whiskey – you can use an alternative brand of Irish Whiskey if you prefer.
- Tequila – silver tequila is best for cocktails (and shots!). Use your preferred brand.
- Green Food Coloring – just a drop is added to the mix to make the drink green and festive!
- Sweet and Sour Mix – a ready-made, non-alcoholic cocktail mix sometimes used in margaritas.
- Margarita Salt – or sea salt to rim the glass.
- Fresh Mint – an optional garnish
- Green Maraschino Cherries – an optional garnish.
This cocktail is shaken, but don’t worry if you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you could just use a container with a tight-fitting lid – like a mason jar or even the cup on a blender or smoothie maker.
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How Do You Salt the Rim of a Margarita Glass?
Traditionally, margaritas are served in the eponymous margarita glass, a stepped-diameter variant of a cocktail glass or champagne coupe. The rim of the glass is often dipped in salt.
You don’t have to use the margarita-shaped glasses for this cocktail – any glass you have is a good glass! The method for adding salt to the rim of a glass is exactly the same!
- Pour some salt (kosher salt/sea salt flakes work well) onto a small plate or saucer.
- You could even try different flavored salts!
- Cut a wedge of lime and then cut a notch/sit into the flesh – and run it around the rim of the glass to add juice to the inside and outside edges.
- Dip the glass rim into the salt and give it a twist or two (like you’re cutting cookies from pastry).
- And you’re done!
You can actually buy cocktail-rimming dishes online (there is a gadget for everything!) but a small plate or saucer will work just fine.
More Irish Cocktails To Make
Want more themed drinks for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations? Try these:
- This Green Irish Sunrise Cocktail is made with vodka and green apple liqueur and is refreshing and delicious
- Our Luck of the Irish Cocktail is a grand green cocktail made with whiskey and peach schnapps.
- Delicious and creamy Irish Whiskey Milk Punch (known in Ireland as scáiltín) is an old Irish recipe that people enjoy over ice, or even as a hot toddy.
Cocktail Party Appetizers
If you want to serve some appetizers with your drinks, check out these recipes:
- Parmesan and Mozzarella-Stuffed Potato Croquettes Recipe
- Crispy Lemon Panko Fried Shrimp Recipe
- Classic Baked Potato Skins with Cheese & Bacon
- Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers Recipe For A Crowd
Irish Margarita Variations
I like to provide variations of the cocktails shared on The Purple Pumpkin Blog, such as turning the cocktail into an alcohol-free mocktail so that non-drinkers can enjoy the drink too!
Virgin Irish Margarita Mocktail (Non-Alcoholic)
So that non-drinkers can enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day Margarita we simply remove the alcohol and replace it!
In a cocktail shaker, shake together:
- 3 oz Sweet & Sour Mix
- 1 Drop of Green Food Coloring
Pour into a prepared (rimmed) Margarita glass (you could replace the salt with sugar for kids), and top up with lemon-lime soda. You could also top up with soda water, seltzer, club soda, or sparkling water.
For adults who would still like to enjoy the taste of alcohol in their mocktail, you could try non-alcoholic alternatives.
In the UK, try Lyre’s, which is also available on Amazon in the UK and Amazon.com.
There is also Strykk There are other brands, but this one was more widely available.
- Instead of Tequila try using Lyre’s Agave Blanco Spirit, which is also available on Amazon.
- Instead of Jameson Irish Whiskey try using Whissin Non-Alcoholic Whiskey Alternative.
Use the non-alcoholic alternatives instead of the alcoholic ones in the recipe card.
Frozen Irish Margarita
Want to turn this green cocktail into a frozen slushie? Here’s how!
Put all the ingredients in a blender with a generous amount of ice – then blend till smooth.
Serve with a straw, and watch out for brain freeze!
You could do the same with the mocktail version too.
Big Batch Irish Margaritas
Want to make a big batch of this St. Patty’s Day cocktail for a party or gathering? It’s so easy!
As long as you use the same measuring container (glass, cup, jug, etc.,) for the “1 part”, the ratios will be correct and you can make as much as you need to.
To make a big batch of St. Patrick’s Day Irish Margaritas, mix together:
- 1 part Lime Juice
- 2 parts Jameson Irish Whiskey
- 1 part Tequila
- 3 parts Sweet and Sour Margarita Mix
Then stir in green food coloring a little at a time until you reach your desired shade of green.
Make sure to add plenty of ice to your serving container of choice to keep the cocktail chilled, as well as slices of lime.
You could also skewer mint leaves, green cocktail cherries, and lime pieces onto cocktail picks for guests to garnish their drinks.
When setting up your bar or cocktail serving area, you could include:
- Ice Bucket (filled with ice!)
- Margarita Glasses
- Cocktail Napkins
- Cocktail Stirrers
- St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Decorations
This cocktail recipe is intended for adults of the legal drinking age in your country of residence.
Please drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.
How Do I Make Irish Margaritas?
Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. To save ink, any demonstration photos do not print.
For Salt Rim
- Lime Wedge
- Margarita or Sea Salt
For Irish Margarita
- 1 oz lime juice (about 1 whole lime)
- 2 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
- 1 oz Tequila
- 3 oz Sweet and Sour Margarita Mix
- 1 drop of green food coloring
- Lime Slices
- Mint Sprigs
- Green Cherries, optional
- To prepare the margarita glass, rub the lime wedge around the rim of the glass, and dip the glass into a shallow plate of salt. Set the glass aside.
- Place the lime juice, Jameson Irish Whisky, Tequila, sweet and sour mix, and green food coloring into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake for 15-30 seconds to combine well.
- Strain into the prepared margarita glass filled with ice.
- Garnish with a slice of lime, a sprig of mint, and green cherries if desired. Enjoy!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 695Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1325mgCarbohydrates: 96gFiber: 2gSugar: 67gProtein: 1g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
Make It A Party!
The beverage is covered, but what about other dishes to create a full menu for a dinner party or special meal?
- Appetizer: Cucumber Smoked Salmon Appetizers
- Soup: One-Pot Easy Beer Cheese Soup Recipe
- Salad: Apple Walnut Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Main Dish: Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day
- Side Dish: Comforting & Creamy Instant Pot Mashed Red Potatoes
- Dessert: End of the Rainbow Pot of Gold Cupcakes
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