• Jen Gibbs

Popular Irish Recipes + Drinks for Saint Patrick's Day

If you grew up with Irish heritage and traditions like my family did then these food and drink recipes MAY be foods you already include in your day-to-day dinners - or they may bring back some childhood memories. These recipes are some of my absolute favorites and our annual corned beef meal is my favorite meal of the year (yes, even above Thanksgiving). Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day the right way with the best traditional Irish food and drinks. Which one is your favorite?

Food Recipes

Traditional Corned Beef is DELICIOUS

Traditional Corned Beef


Pickling spices:

1 tablespoon whole allspice berries

1 tablespoon whole mustard seeds (brown or yellow)

1 tablespoon coriander seeds

1 tablespoon red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns

2 teaspoons whole cloves

9 whole cardamom pods

6 large bay leaves

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/2 stick cinnamon


1 gallon (3.8 liters) water

3 1/2 tablespoons of Morton's Kosher Salt

5 teaspoons pink curing salt

3 tablespoons pickling spices

1/2 cup (90 g) brown sugar


1 5-pound beef brisket

1 tablespoon pickling spices

Corned beef is fairly simple, and it's even easier if you're simply buying a brisket from the store. With only three easy steps, it's hard to mess up. Just don't forget to add the potatoes and cabbage to your meal!


1.) Start with making your brine with pickling spices such as mustard seed, allspice berries, and peppercorns.

2.) Marinate your beef brisket in your brine mixture, for 5 to 7 days.

3.) Simmer the brined and drained brisket in water (on the stove) with more pickling spices for 3-4 hours until tender.

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Guinness Stew


1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

2 1/2 cups chicken stock, or as needed

4 cloves garlic, minced 2 1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck, cut into 2-inch pieces

1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste

2 onions, coarsely chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced 1 (14.9 ounce) can of Guinness®

1/4 cup tomato paste

4 sprigs fresh thyme

3 carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 stalks celery, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 teaspoon white sugar

Guinness stew is a hearty meal that will have you feeling full for the rest of the night. It does take a little bit of time to make, BUT it's worth it. Guinness stew (also known as Irish stew) is a delicious Irish meal known to keep you warm when the weather is chilly.


Cook bacon in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat until bacon is browned and crisp, (3 to 4 minutes). Turn off the heat and put the bacon into a large stew pot, keeping the bacon fat in the skillet.

Season beef chuck cubes with 1 teaspoon salt and black pepper to taste. Turn heat to high under the skillet and sear beef pieces in the hot fat on both sides until browned. Then place beef in a stew pot with bacon, leaving fat in skillet. Turn heat down to medium; cook and stir the onions in the retained fat in the skillet until lightly browned; season with a large pinch of salt.

Cook garlic with onions until soft, and then pour the beer into skillet and stir with a wooden spoon, scraping up and dissolving any browned bits of food into the liquid. Pour cooking liquid from skillet into the stew pot.

Stir in tomato paste, thyme sprigs, carrots, celery, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and enough chicken broth to cover. Bring stew to a gentle simmer, stirring to combine; reduce heat to low and cover the stew pot.

Simmer stew until beef is fork-tender, about 2 hours. Stir stew occasionally. Remove cover and raise heat to medium-high. Bring stew to a low boil and cook until stew has slightly thickened (about 15 to 20 minutes). Remove and discard thyme sprigs; adjust salt and pepper to taste. Arrange mashed potatoes in a ring in a serving bowl; ladle stew into the center of the potatoes.

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Potato Pancakes are a Filling and Delicious Irish Meal

Latkes (Potato Pancakes)


4 cups shredded, peeled potatoes

1 large egg, lightly beaten

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon grated onion

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

Oil for frying

Latkes are not only an Irish traditional meal, but they are also popular during the Hanukkah season. You may have heard about the popularity of these potato pancakes during the holiday season, but to be honest, they're delicious all year round.


1.) Wash, peel, and shred the potatoes of your choice. A hearty potato is usually best and you can never go wrong with Russets! Once the potatoes are shredded, rinse them in cold water and drain well, squeezing to remove excess water.

2.) In a large mixing bowl, mix together the beaten egg, flour, grated onion, salt, and pepper with your potatoes, making sure every potato shred is coated.

3.) Fry up the potato pancakes. Start by heating up a quarter-inch of oil in a nonstick skillet. The recipe recommends canola, vegetable or corn oil to help keep the smoke to a minimum. (Don't forget to also turn on your fan if you have one!) Drop a third-cup of potato mixture into the oil. Use a spatula to flatten slightly into a pancake shape. Fry both sides until golden brown, using a second spatula to flip the pancakes (if you're worried about cross-contamination).

4.) Serve your pancakes with sour cream, chives, and smoked salmon for a classic combination. Or try something a little sweeter with jelly, butter and maple syrup. Let me know your favorite toppings!

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You can add so many different kinds of fruits into your Soda Bread! What do you want to try?

Irish Soda Bread


3 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup sugar

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup raisins (or other fruit! I've had it with blueberries before)

2 large eggs, room temperature, beaten

1-1/2 cups buttermilk

1 tablespoon canola oil

Keep your sweet tooth happy by adding a delicious dessert to your favorite Irish meal. Irish Soda Bread is great to help you wind down the night. But PLEASE don't add in a Coca-Cola. The recipe is referring to BAKING SODA, not the drinking kind.


1.) Preheat oven to 350°. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Then, stir in raisins. Set aside 1 tablespoon beaten egg. In another mixing bowl, combine buttermilk, oil and remaining eggs; stir into flour mixture just until moistened. Transfer to a greased 9-in. round baking pan; brush the top with the egg.

2.) Bake 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool. Cut into wedges and serve!

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Drink Recipes

An Irish Coffee is one of Mark and I's FAVORITE drinks

Irish Coffee


1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 jigger Irish whiskey (1 1/2 ounces or 3 tablespoons)

Heavy cream, slightly whipped

One of Mark and I's favorite drinks no matter where we go. This warm drink will keep you up and warm for hours to come. You can also add Bailey's Irish Cream and top off the drink with chocolate (or even maple!) syrup.


1.) Add coffee to your favorite mug, then slowly mix in brown sugar and stir until dissolved.

2.) Blend in Irish Whiskey (Jameson, Paddy's, etc.) and then top with whipped heavy cream by pouring over a spoon into your mug.

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A classic way to celebrate the holiday - Pickleback Shots

Pickleback Shots

Pickleback shots have become a staple for Irish bars around the world. They're easy to drink and only make you want to throw up a little bit.

Ingredients + Instructions

1 shot of Jameson

Followed by

1 shot of pickle juice

This is a fun drink that is easy to make your own! Add your favorite nuts or sprinkles to your Nutty Irishman!

The Nutty Irishman



Irish Whiskey


Bailey’s Irish Cream


The Nutty Irishman is more like a dessert than a drink. Load up on sugar and alcohol with this delicious drink after you all have eaten dinner!


1.) Pour the Whiskey, Frangelico, Bailey's and Kahlua into a coffee mug and stir.

2.) Pour the coffee into the mug and top with whipped cream. Decorate with sprinkles or syrup.

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This mocktail is JUST as good as a cocktail. Which one would you prefer?

Irish Rose (Non-Alcoholic, but you can add vodka or whiskey)


1 ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 ounce of cherry juice

3 ounces of soda water

Crushed ice

Cherry and mint for garnish

This is a delicious mocktail that can easily be transformed into a cocktail! Just add your favorite vodka - or Irish whiskey if you're staying traditional. It'll be a drink you keep coming back to throughout the upcoming warmer months!


1.) Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice.

2.) Add the lemon juice, cherry juice, and soda water. Stir.

3.) Garnish with a cherry and a sprig of mint.

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Saint Patrick's Day is a fun day to try traditional food you may not be exposed to every day. What are some of your favorite meals and drinks to celebrate the day? (Yes, I know I didn't mention Guinness but seeing as how it's my favorite beer, I don't limit myself to drinking it only one day a year!) BUT! Did I forget any of your favorite meals or drinks? Let me by commenting below or shooting me an email at jen.m.rew@gmail.com. I always love hearing from you!

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