Pot Of Gold Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

Created by

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 Pot Of Gold cocktail is a relatively modern creation, often associated with St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Its name and vibrant green color are a nod to the Irish folklore of leprechauns hiding their pots of gold at the end of a rainbow. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy sweet and fruity cocktails with a hint of sourness.

  • Originated in the 21st century

  • Associated with St. Patrick's Day

  • Inspired by Irish folklore

How Pot Of Gold Tastes?

The Pot Of Gold cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet, sour, and fruity flavors. The sweetness of the pineapple juice is balanced by the tartness of the lime juice, while the melon liqueur adds a refreshing fruitiness. The vodka gives it a strong kick, making it a well-rounded and satisfying cocktail.

Interesting facts about Pot Of Gold

  • The Pot Of Gold cocktail is often served in a highball glass, which allows for plenty of ice to keep the drink chilled.

  • Despite its Irish associations, the cocktail does not contain any traditional Irish spirits.

  • The vibrant green color of the cocktail is achieved by using melon liqueur.


A few good options for Pot Of Gold are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose


Vodka is the cornerstone of many cocktails, providing a clean canvas that allows other flavors to shine. A 1.5 oz pour is just the right amount to establish a boozy base without overpowering the sweet and tropical components. Skip it, and you'll just have a fancy juice! Go overboard, and you risk a harsh drink. Alternatives? Switch to white rum for a 'Pirate's Pot Of Gold' with a Caribbean twist.

Alex Green

Melon Liqueur

Adding 1 oz of Melon Liqueur brings a whimsical, fruity sweetness that complements the exotic essence of the cocktail. Without it, you lose that 'pot of gold' charm and its signature melon flavor; the cocktail would simply lose its identity. Substituting with peach schnapps could give you a 'Peach Pit of Gold' but with a stone-fruit undertone.

Emma Rose

Pineapple Juice

2 oz of Pineapple Juice offer a tropical burst, balancing the liquors with its tangy sweetness. If you reduce the amount, the cocktail could become too booze-heavy; too much, and it'll drown the other flavors. No pineapple juice? Mango could do the trick, adding a 'Tropical Treasure' spin to your drink.

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Lime Juice

Just 0.5 oz of Lime Juice is enough to cut through the sweetness with a zesty punch, rounding out the cocktail. Omit this, and your Pot Of Gold could become one-dimensional. Fancy a twist? Lemon could be a substitute, but it's like choosing silver over gold—a bit less special.

Alex Green


As needed to chill and slightly dilute the cocktail, balancing the strength of the alcohol. No ice makes for a warm, undiluted sip that might not be as refreshing, while too much ice waters down the flavors and could leave your taste buds searching for the treasure.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Pot Of Gold Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour in the vodka, melon liqueur, pineapple juice, and lime juice.
  3. Stir well to combine.
  4. Garnish with a slice of lime and a cherry.

Pro Tips

Make sure to use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.

  • Chill your glass beforehand for an extra refreshing drink.

Perfect Pairings


  • Bruschetta: The crisp and refreshing flavor of the Pot Of Gold will cut through the richness of the tomatoes and cheese.
  • Ceviche: The citrusy notes from the lime juice will complement the tangy, seafood flavors.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken Salad: The light and fruity cocktail pairs well with the fresh greens and savory chicken.
  • Sushi Rolls: Especially good with rolls that have a touch of sweetness to echo the pineapple and melon flavors.


  • Lemon Sorbet: The zesty lime in the drink can enhance the tartness of the sorbet.
  • Coconut Milk Rice Pudding: The tropical vibe of the pineapple will blend beautifully with coconut flavors.

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What you could change in Pot Of Gold

You can substitute the vodka with white rum for a tropical twist.

  • If you don't have melon liqueur, you can use apple liqueur for a different fruity flavor.

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And of course - twists🍹

Emerald Isle

Replace the melon liqueur with green crème de menthe for a minty kick. The citrus and pineapple will still sing, but the mint will lead the dance. The result? A 'Pot Of Gold' at the end of a minty rainbow!

Tropical Sunrise

Use coconut rum instead of vodka and add a splash of grenadine. Pour the grenadine last to create a layered sunrise effect. Your sip will be a coconut-flavored treasure, setting sail on a sea of tropical bliss.

Berry Treasure

Add a half ounce of raspberry liqueur and use lemon juice instead of lime. Garnish with fresh raspberries. This twist turns the cocktail into a 'Berry Pot Of Gold'—a berrylicious bounty awaiting your taste buds.

In case you forgot basics how to make Pot Of Gold

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 Pot Of Gold

What is a suitable non-alcoholic substitute for vodka in the Pot Of Gold cocktail?

You can substitute vodka with non-alcoholic sparkling water or soda for a non-alcoholic version.

Can I served the Pot Of Gold cocktail in other types of glasses?

While the highball glass is the most common, you can also serve this cocktail in a tumbler or a hurricane glass.

What food does the Pot Of Gold cocktail pair well with?

The Pot Of Gold cocktail's sweet and fruity flavors make it a great match for spicy, savory, and fried foods.

What other occasions can the Pot Of Gold cocktail be served on besides St. Patrick's Day?

Given its vibrant color and refreshing taste, this cocktail can also be served at spring and summer parties, or any promotional or themed events.

Is there a virgin or mocktail version of the Pot Of Gold cocktail?

Yes, by leaving out the vodka and melon liqueur, and replacing them with non-alcoholic alternatives like sparkling water or a mix of mint and cucumber juice, you can make a virgin version.

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