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Jarrod’s Shamrock Float Punch — Serving the Best of St Patrick’s Day Cocktails

Channel the spirit of the Irish with a St Patrick’s Day themed vibrant green punch by Jarrod the @diycocktailguy.

St Patricks Day Shamrock Punch

Celebrate the Luck of the Irish with a St Patrick’s Day Cocktail

From shaking up New Years Eve Espresso Martinis to stirring Lunar New Year Blood Orange Margaritas, Jarrod aka @diycocktailguy has been celebrating the year’s big moments and milestones with delicious cocktail recipes that are easy to make at home — and St Patrick’s Day is no different. “Is there ever a better time to enjoy a nice green drink than on St Patrick’s Day?” Jarrod says. “I’m part Irish — so this day is a very special one for me and my family — so let’s make a nice Shamrock Float Punch to celebrate,” he adds. 


This vibrant, batched punch doesn’t leave anything up to luck. It calls for the tried and tested combination of Midori Melon Liqueur and lemonade, along with the multi-award winning Pure Origin Tasmanian Vodka for an extra kick. For the finishing touch, an impressive (but fool-proof) garnish brings a cheeky nod to Irish legends of leprechauns and pots of gold buried at the end of a rainbow. And the best part? It’s a quick cocktail to whip together — making it the perfect recipe for a couple of St Patrick’s Day drinks before you head to your local Irish pub to continue the celebrations into the night.

Cocktail ingredients:

1 cup of Midori Melon Liqueur
2 cups of Pure Origin Tasmanian Vodka
2 cups of pineapple juice
1 bottle of lemonade, to top up
2 fresh limes, juiced
Mint choc chip ice cream and rainbow sour straps, to garnish

How to serve your Shamrock Float Punch


Add some ice to your punch bowl along with 1 cup of your Midori Melon Liqueur to bring the green Irish flair.
Next, add 2 cups of Pure Origin Tasmanian Vodka. “This Tasmanian vodka has won double-gold in San Francisco at the World Spirits Competition, so you’ve definitely got to give this one a go,” Jarrod explains.
To give your punch some sweetness and fizz, stir through 2 cups of pineapple juice and add your lemonade to top up your punch bowl.
For an extra citrus burst, add the fresh lime juice.
To serve, pour the punch into your glasses and garnish. Put the ‘float’ in Shamrock Float by adding a scoop of mint choc chip ice cream, as well as a rainbow sour strap for the perfect nod to the pot of gold found at the end of a rainbow.

The unexpected origins of St Patrick’s Day

When you think of St Patrick’s Day, four-leaf clovers, a sea of green and pints of Guinness probably come to mind — but what is the holiday actually about? Over time, what started as a small, religious and alcohol-free holiday to honour the death of the patron saint of Ireland has grown into a worldwide extravaganza celebrated across all corners of the globe. Nowadays, from Dublin to New York and Sydney, revellers flock to iconic Irish pubs each year on March 17 to celebrate the best in Irish culture — namely Guinness, a love of storytelling and parades.

The best of the Ireland: your guide to the top Irish cocktails, brews and liqueurs to try this St Patrick’s Day

  1. Guinness

    Notes of malty, bitter coffee and sweet chocolate combine with a pillowy, creamy layer of froth for the ultimate hearty stout that’s become synonymous with Irish drinking culture. Nothing like a round of Guinness sets the tone for the evening, and nowadays, you don’t need to be down at your local to enjoy an ice-cold pint of Guinness.
    At First Choice Liquor Market, you’ll find convenient cans of Guinness Draught across our shelves all year long. Interestingly, brewers crafted a nitrogen-filled ‘widget’ that goes inside each can, meaning those at home could still enjoy the milky layer of froth that you get in a freshly poured Guinness. Feeling a little fancy? Try our decadent Guinness espresso martini recipe as well.
  2. Jameson Irish Whiskey

    Jameson has been around since 1780 — but it’s still as popular as ever. This best selling Irish whiskey gained its large fan base due to its smooth texture and delicate flavour that comes from being cask aged for 4-7 years. In Gaelic, whiskey translates to ‘water of life’ — which shows you just how seriously the Irish take their craft of distilling. The Jameson Black Barrel makes our roundup of the top 8 Irish whiskeys to give a try on St Patrick’s Day, or the Jameson Smooth Dry & Lime serves up a popular combination in a convenient can to give an easy drinking premix regardless of the occasion.

  3. Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur

    Bringing the best exports of Ireland together — whiskey and rich dairy cream — Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur is the perfect start or end to your St Patrick’s Day Celebrations. Add it to Irish whiskey, hot coffee and whipped cream for a twist on an iconic Irish coffee or impress with a classic Toblerone or Jarrod’s special S’mores Martini if you’re shaking up a round of cocktails later in the evening.

    From the Shamrock Float Punch to a pint of Guinness, whatever you’re drinking this March 17, as the Irish say — sláinte!


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