Kilted Black Leprechaun Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Kilted Black Leprechaun is a whimsical cocktail that combines the rich heritage of Ireland and Scotland. Created by an inventive bartender who wanted to pay homage to both cultures, this cocktail quickly gained popularity among patrons who appreciate a good story and a delicious drink. The name itself is a playful nod to the mythical creatures of Ireland (leprechauns) and the traditional Scottish attire (kilts).

  • The Kilted Black Leprechaun was first introduced at a St. Patrick's Day celebration in a renowned bar.
  • The cocktail has since become a favorite among those who enjoy a unique and flavorful drink with a touch of history.
  • It is often ordered by those who appreciate the fusion of Irish and Scottish flavors and enjoy a good conversation starter.

How Kilted Black Leprechaun Tastes?

The Kilted Black Leprechaun offers a delightful balance of sweet, sour, and smoky flavors. The combination of Irish whiskey and Scotch whisky creates a robust and complex base, while the blackberry liqueur adds a touch of fruity sweetness. The lemon juice and ginger beer provide a refreshing tang and effervescence, making this cocktail a true sensory experience.

Interesting facts about Kilted Black Leprechaun

  • The Kilted Black Leprechaun is a fusion of Irish and Scottish flavors, representing the rich heritage of both countries.
  • The cocktail's name is a playful nod to the mythical creatures of Ireland (leprechauns) and the traditional Scottish attire (kilts).
  • This drink is particularly popular during St. Patrick's Day celebrations and other Celtic-themed events.


A few good options for Kilted Black Leprechaun are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Irish whiskey

The smooth, often vanilla-tinged profile of Irish whiskey provides a solid base for our cocktail. At 1.5 oz, it's enough to assert itself without overwhelming the other flavors. Too much and you'll drown out the subtler notes; too little and why bother calling it a cocktail?

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Scotch whisky

Adding just 0.5 oz gives our concoction a smoky undertone, without turning it into a clash of titans with the Irish whiskey. Skip it, and you'll miss that peaty whisper in the background, which makes our Leprechaun truly kilted.

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Blackberry liqueur

At 0.5 oz, this provides a sweet and fruity counterbalance to the whiskeys. It's the Celtic berry twist in our drink. If you omit it, you'll lose the 'Black' in 'Kilted Black Leprechaun', and with it, the delicate fruity flavor and color accent.

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Lemon juice

It brings a zesty, fresh acidity, crucial for cutting through the sweetness and making the drink more palatable. At 0.5 oz, we get enough zing without turning our cocktail into a sour face challenge.

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Ginger beer

2 oz of ginger beer offer a spicy effervescence that livens up the whole mix. If you forget it, you'll miss both the fizz and the heat that transforms the sipping experience from 'meh' to 'marvelous!'.

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Ice, ice baby! Needed for chilling the drink and balancing the dilution. No ice means a warm and overly potent mix that won't slide down quite as smoothly.

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Lemon wheel

Garnish isn't just window dressing; it's about the aroma and the allure. The lemon wheel adds a fragrant hint as you go in for a sip and makes the drink look snazzy.

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Three plump berries for garnish signal what your taste buds can expect. Plus, eating them at the end is like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

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Recipe. How to make Kilted Black Leprechaun Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add Irish whiskey, Scotch whisky, blackberry liqueur, and lemon juice to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until chilled and combined.
  4. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.
  5. Top with ginger beer and gently stir.
  6. Garnish with a lemon wheel and blackberries.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice for a more vibrant flavor.
  • Chill your glass before serving to keep the cocktail cold longer.
  • Double strain the cocktail to remove any small ice shards or fruit pulp.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese boards: A selection of sharp cheeses like aged cheddar can complement the whiskey notes.
  • Smoked salmon: The richness of smoked salmon balances well with the citrus and ginger flavors.

Main Courses

  • Grilled steak: The robust flavors of red meat can stand up to the boldness of the cocktail.
  • Hearty Stews: Especially those with root vegetables would be a cozy match for our 'Kilted Black Leprechaun'.


  • Dark chocolate desserts: The bitterness of dark chocolate will harmonize with the blackberry liqueur.
  • Lemon tart: Will echo the lemon juice component of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Kilted Black Leprechaun

  • Bourbon can be used instead of Irish whiskey for a different flavor profile.
  • Raspberry liqueur can replace blackberry liqueur if needed.
  • Lime juice can be used instead of lemon juice for a different citrus note.

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And of course - twists🍹

Emerald Isle Mule

Substitute the Blackberry liqueur with elderflower liqueur, and top with cucumber infused ginger beer. The elderflower brings a floral, sweet note, and the cucumber adds a fresh, spa-like vibe. This twist would have a lighter, more herbal character.

Spiced Leprechaun

Add a cinnamon stick to the shaker, and a dash of clove bitters to the mixture. This will give the drink an autumnal twist, perfect for those brisk evenings when you need something to warm the cockles of your heart.

Citrus Gold Rush

Replace the ginger beer with a bubbly lemonade, and add a sprig of rosemary. The lemonade makes the drink brighter and sweeter, while the rosemary adds a piney contrast that invites you to take another sip and ponder the complexities of this liquid gold.

In case you forgot basics how to make Kilted Black Leprechaun

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Kilted Black Leprechaun

What is the origin of the name 'Kilted Black Leprechaun'?

The Kilted Black Leprechaun is named after the Irish and Scottish folklore symbols. The 'kilted' part represents Scotland, known for its kilts, and the 'black leprechaun' represents Ireland, where leprechauns are prevalent in the mythos.

Are there any secrets to pouring the perfect Kilted Black Leprechaun cocktail?

While the pouring technique can vary based on personal preference, generally when you pour the Scotch whisky first, then layer on the Irish whiskey and blackberry liqueur, you allow for a more layered flavor profile.

What occasions can I serve the Kilted Black Leprechaun at?

In addition to St. Patrick's Day celebrations or other Celtic-themed events, the Kilted Black Leprechaun is a unique and enjoyable cocktail suitable for virtually any event, from informal gatherings to sophisticated parties.

Can I prepare the Kilted Black Leprechaun in advance?

While you can mix the alcoholic components in advance, it's recommended to add the ginger beer, lemon juice, and ice just before serving for the best texture and freshness.

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