Drunken Leprechaun: St Paddy’s Irish Screwdriver Cocktail

This easy 3 ingredient cocktail is perfect for St Patrick’s Day! The drunken leprechaun, also known as an Irish screwdriver, is a green twist on the classic cocktail. Instead of vodka, I’m using Jameson to give it that Irish flair!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Who doesn’t love a 3 ingredient cocktail? You don’t need anything fancy aside from a way to measure and a glass to put it in to enjoy this festive green cocktail.

While it’s actually naturally green due to the ingredients, you can also add some green food coloring if you’d like to change the shade or make it even more vibrant (but that’s totally optional).

This drink gives off tropical vibes thanks to the orange juice and blue curacao or Hpnotiq liquors, and the Jameson offers a slightly sweeter finish than the traditional vodka would. It makes for a smooth, tasty drink that’s sure to impress!

two glasses of drunken leprechaun cocktails with fresh orange slices against a black background

Ingredients List

ingredients to make a drunken leprechaun cocktail
  • 2 ounces Jameson Irish whiskey (or another Irish whiskey brand of choice)
  • 2 ounces Hpnotiq (or blue curacao)
  • 4 ounces orange juice 
  • Ice cubes

Ingredient Tips and Substitutions

  • You can absolutely substitute vodka in place of the Irish whiskey for a more “traditional” screwdriver taste. However, the Irish whiskey pairs well with the tropical flavors and gives it an Irish twist!
  • Blue curacao is the traditional blue liquor of choice. However, I personally hate the taste of it, so I use Hpnotic instead (which is a tropical flavored blue liquor that’s a vodka and cognac mix). You can also use Midori or another green liquor!
  • If preferred, you can split the orange juice with another tropical juice flavor, such as pineapple, guava, or mango, to create different flavor variations
  • Sparkling option: Use 2 ounces orange juice for the color, then top the drink with orange-flavored sparkling water or club soda for a fizzy version!
  • Garnishes are optional, but an orange slice and maraschino cherry are the most common options

Step By Step Instructions

  1. Add Irish whiskey and blue curacao (or other blue liquor) to a glass, and stir to combine
add irish whiskey and blue curacao to a glass
  1. Fill the glass with ice
add ice to your whiskey and blue curacao
  1. Top with orange juice (adjust color with green food coloring if needed – I use one drop to get a more vibrant color instead of pea green)
top the whiskey and blue curacao with orange juice
  1. Garnish if desired and enjoy!
overhead view of two drunken leprechaun drinks with orange and cherries

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Recipe FAQs

What Is an Irish Screwdriver?

An Irish screwdriver, also known as a drunken leprechaun, is a green cocktail typically enjoyed during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. It is made with a combination of Irish whiskey instead of vodka, orange juice, and a blue liquor such as blue curacao.

The ingredients are mixed in a glass with ice, then garnished with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

Can I Customize the Ingredients in a Drunken Leprechaun Cocktail?

Absolutely! You can use different types of Irish whiskey, the more traditional vodka, or a mix of both. Try Hpnotiq instead of blue curacao, or Midori melon liquor.

You can even experiment with different juices to add different colors and flavor profiles, like pineapple, mango, or other tropical flavors.

What Is the Ideal Ratio of Ingredients for a Drunken Leprechaun Cocktail?

The ideal ratio of ingredients for a drunken leprechaun cocktail can vary depending on personal taste. However, a common ratio is 1 part Irish whiskey, 1 part blue curacao, and 2 parts orange juice.

You can adjust the ratios to make the cocktail stronger or milder according to your preference.

Should I Serve a Drunken Leprechaun Cocktail Chilled or at Room Temperature?

A drunken leprechaun cocktail is typically served chilled, over ice.

If you want to avoid dilution, you can always shake it in a shaker with ice and then strain into a chilled glass.

Can I Make a Non-Alcoholic Version of a Drunken Leprechaun Cocktail?

Yes, to make a non-alcoholic mocktail version of the drunken leprechaun, use a non-alcoholic whiskey substitute or apple juice (sparkling or regular).

Omit the blue curacao and use blue or green food coloring, or a blue sports drink to turn the orange juice component green.

Can I Make a Batch of Drunken Leprechaun Cocktails in Advance for a Party?

Yes, you can easily make a batch of drunken leprechauns in advance for a party or gathering. Simply multiply the ingredients according to the number of servings needed, mix them together in a pitcher or large container, and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Stir the mixture well before pouring into glasses filled with ice and garnishing as desired.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • Glassware. You can use any sort of clear glass you want for this recipe! Juice glasses, pint glasses, highball or Collins glasses, hurricane glasses, and stemless wine glasses are all great choices
two glasses filled with drunken leprechaun sitting on a white marble table

Storage and Serving Tips

  • To make a pitcher for a party, simply scale the recipe for the desired number of servings. Note you may need to adjust the color with food coloring, as it looks different on a larger scale
  • Store in a pitcher in the refrigerator for up to 72 hours. Stir and pour into individual glasses filled with ice for serving
  • If you prepare it in advance, don’t add any carbonated components like sparkling water if you’re making a fizzy variation. Instead, add those during serving for maximum fizziness!

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Final Thoughts

This drunken leprechaun (or Irish screwdriver) is a fun green cocktail that’s perfect for St Patrick’s Day! Instead of the traditional vodka component, I’m using Jameson Irish whiskey to give it that seasonal flair and smooth finish.

Then it’s just orange juice and a blue liquor component to make your drink green for St Paddy’s. With just 3 ingredients, it takes just minutes to throw together, so this cocktail is also perfect for entertaining.

For a spooky green drink, make sure to check out my Green Ghost Cocktail. While you could have it for St Patrick’s because of the color, the name makes it much more suited for Halloween!

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Drunken Leprechaun Recipe (Irish Screwdriver Cocktail)

The drunken leprechaun, or Irish screwdriver, is an easy 3 ingredient cocktail for St Patrick’s Day. The green color and Jameson Irish whiskey make for a fun, tropical sip!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Irish, Vegetarian
Servings 1
Calories 354 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Ounces Jameson Irish whiskey (or another Irish whiskey of choice)
  • 2 Ounces blue curacao (or Hpnotiq)
  • 4 Ounces orange juice
  • Green food coloring (optional)
  • Ice cubes

Instructions
 

  • Add Irish whiskey and blue curacao (or other blue liquor) to a glass, and stir to combine
    2 Ounces Jameson Irish whiskey, 2 Ounces blue curacao
  • Fill the glass with ice
    Ice cubes
  • Top with orange juice (adjust color with green food coloring if needed – I use one drop to get a more vibrant color instead of pea green)
    4 Ounces orange juice, Green food coloring
  • Garnish if desired and enjoy!

Notes

  • You can absolutely substitute vodka in place of the Irish whiskey for a more “traditional” screwdriver taste. However, the Irish whiskey pairs well with the tropical flavors and gives it an Irish twist!
  • Blue curacao is the traditional blue liquor of choice. However, I personally hate the taste of it, so I use Hpnotic instead (which is a tropical flavored blue liquor that’s a vodka and cognac mix). You can also use Midori or another green liquor!
  • If preferred, you can split the orange juice with another tropical juice flavor, such as pineapple, guava, or mango, to create different flavor variations
  • Sparkling option: Use 2 ounces orange juice for the color, then top the drink with orange-flavored sparkling water or club soda for a fizzy version!
  • Garnishes are optional, but an orange slice and maraschino cherry are the most common options
  • Glassware. You can use any sort of clear glass you want for this recipe! Juice glasses, pint glasses, highball or Collins glasses, hurricane glasses, and stemless wine glasses are all great choices
  • To make a pitcher for a party, simply scale the recipe for the desired number of servings. Note you may need to adjust the color with food coloring, as it looks different on a larger scale
  • Store in a pitcher in the refrigerator for up to 72 hours. Stir and pour into individual glasses filled with ice for serving
  • If you prepare it in advance, don’t add any carbonated components like sparkling water if you’re making a fizzy variation. Instead, add those during serving for maximum fizziness!
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand and variety of ingredients, any garnishes added, size of glasses and ice cubes, and quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 304gCalories: 354kcalCarbohydrates: 50.9gProtein: 0.9gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 248mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 48.4gCalcium: 2mgIron: 2mg
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