3 Guinness Cocktails For St. Patrick's Day

If pouring a Guinness isn't in your skill set — or pouring the ever-popular Black and Tan — it should be. But why not mix it up a bit? 

New York City's Courgette, on top of a snake-themed cocktail menu for St. Patrick's Day (really — Ireland is said to have driven out snakes, so it makes sense), has a long list of Guinness cocktails that are out of the ordinary. And since we all love beer cocktails, there's no reason we shouldn't jump on these Guinness cocktails. With some vodka, Kahlúa, Irish whiskey, and rum, your Guinness just got a bit fancier. Guinness and champagne? The Black Velvet. Guinnesss and cider? The Poor Man's Black Velvet (touché). Guinness, Picon, and grenadine? The Irish Picon.

Some more Guinness recipes for all of your beer-tails this St. Patrick's Day:

Tanned Irish
1 ounce Kahlúa
1 ounce vodka
Splash of Coke

Mix the vodka and Kahlúa in a pint glass. Splash with Coke. Fill up the glass with Guinness.

Irish Bomb
1 pint of Guinness
1/3 ounce Irish cream (like Baileys)
1/3 ounce Irish whiskey (like Jameson)
1/3 ounce coffee liqueur

Layer the Baileys, Irish whiskey, and coffee liqueur in a shot glass, starting with Baileys at the bottom. Drop shot carefully into a half pint of Guinness Stout. Chug, but watch your teeth!

Irish Freeway
2 ounces dark rum
6 ounces Guinness

Drop a double shot of dark rum into a pint glass of Guinness, and start chugging.

Need some more St. Patrick's Day's drinks? We have all your green drinks, Irish whiskies, and Irish coffees covered. (And really, learn how to pour Guinness the right way. It's mandatory for St. Patrick's Day.)