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Delicious, cute, green and boozy: what more can we ask from this adorable shamrock shake?

Before things get serious with the gin and tonic and the pints, this sweet cocktail sounds like the best way to warm up for Saint Patrick's Day!

Boozy shamrock shake


  • 500ml vanilla ice cream
  • 200ml milk
  • 60ml Baileys
  • Green food colouring
  • 100g ice
  • For the topping
  • Whipping cream
  • Shamrock sprinkles


Place all the ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.

Place in a milkshake glass and top with whipped cream and shamrock sprinkles.


Mulled wine, hot buttered rum, eggnog and… martinis?

A fruity or spicy cocktail can be just as festive as all of the other traditional drinks we're used to, and who can say no to a bit of glamour?

Dublin's Westin Hotel have just launched their Mint Bar festive drinks menu – with all cocktails available until Jan 6 for €11 each – and to celebrate, head mixologist Michael Sammon has shared some DIY recipes with us.

These are simple to make at home – the trouble is deciding which one to start with….

Candy Cane Martini


  • 40ml Absolut Vodka
  • 15ml Crème de Cacao (white)
  • 10 strawberries, muddled
  • 10ml simple syrup
  • 20ml cranberry juice

For rim of glass

1 or 2 candy canes, crushed into fine pieces


  1. Place crushed candy canes on a plate, and coat rim of a 7oz martini glass in the candy by wetting the rim, holding glass by the stem and rotating it on the plate.
  2. Place all other ingredients in cocktail shaker, shake and double strain
  3. Pour into glass and serve


Christmas Cake Martini


  • 30ml Martell Cognac
  • 15ml cherry brandy
  • 15ml cinnamon schnapps
  •  10ml almond syrup
  •  20ml cranberry juice


  1. Place all ingredients in cocktail shaker, shake and double strain
  2. Serve in a 7oz Martini glass with chocolate covered cherries

We're not quite at Christmas yet, so skip the Prosecco and mulled wine this weekend and go for some ghoulish cocktails in honour of Halloween!

Here are a few of our favourite recipes to kick your weekend off – but remember, everything in moderation!

All recipes make one drink.

1. Dark and Stormy
This classic dark rum recipe is an autumn staple. The lightly spiced flavour is a great alternative to other sickly sweet cocktails!


  • One large lime wedge (plus a slice for garnish)
  • 300 ml ginger beer (not ginger ale)
  • 1.5 shot dark rum eg. Captain Morgan's


  1. Add 3 ice cubes to a glass.
  2. Squeeze your lime wedge over the ice.
  3. Add the ginger beer.
  4. Add the rum and stir.
  5. Garnish with a slice of lime.


2. Red Hot Margarita
This spicy twist on the classic Mexican cocktail is sure to please this Halloween!


  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Tablespoon of sea salt
  • Juice of 1 and a half limes (save the other half too)
  • 1 shot tequila
  • 1 tablespoon sugar syrup or agave nectar


  1. Combine the cayenne and salt on a plate or clean work surface.
  2. Moisten the rim of your glass with the spare half of the lime.
  3. Dip the rim of your glass in the pepper and salt mixture to coat it.
  4. To an ice-filled cocktail shaker, add the lime juice, tequila and sugar syrup.
  5. Shake and strain into a glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.


3. Alien Brains
This shot is similar to a Baby Guinness, but it's far more gory! It tastes better than it looks, we promise!


  • Two thirds shot of peach or strawberry schnapps
  • One third shot of Bailey's
  • 2 drops grenadine
  • Splash of blue curacao (optional)


  1. Fill your shot glass two thirds of the way with schnapps.
  2. Using a pourer, carefully add the Bailey's so that it floats over the schnapps. Pour it over the back of a spoon or hold the nozzle close to the inside of the glass.
  3. Wait a few moments for the Bailey's to settle before adding the grenadine and blue curacao.
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