Irish Trash Can Cocktail for Paddy’s Day

Perfect fun St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish Trash Can Cocktail is loaded with 6 different liquors that together create blue and green colors.

If you ever need a turbo charge, the Irish Trash Can Cocktail will have you up and running about adrenaline-charged in no time.

This Red Bull based drink which combines 3 different liquors, 3 different liqueurs, and caffeine is so potent, it might even wake up someone in a coma.

No kidding! Stick with just one, unless you’re actually Irish and know how to drink 😉

Who invented the Irish Trash Can Cocktail?

No one really knows who invented the Irish Trash Can drink. But it rose to popularity somewhere in the US and is not really of Irish origin.

The drink is called ‘Irish’ simply because of the green color that it turns to when the energy drink is added to the half-dozen liquors.

And because of the green color, the drink has become hugely popular for Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations.

When is Saint Patrick’s Day?

Saint Patrick’s Day or St. Paddy’s Day is celebrated on 17th March every year. Who was Saint Patrick? Saint Patrick was the Irish patron saint who drove all the snakes out of Ireland.

Saint Paddy’s Day day is celebrated by dressing up like leprechauns, or wearing green clothes and drinking a lot of green-colored beer.

Recipe Pointers For Irish Trash Can Drink

  • If you don’t have Red Bull, Mountain Dew or any other energy drink will also work.
  • Leave the upturned can in the glass for that trash can effect.
  • Use a tall slim cocktail glass so that the can of Redbull stays in it.
  • Be careful! This cocktail is really potent.

FAQs about Irish Trash Can Cocktail

Is it Paddy’s Day or Patty’s Day?

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. The short form for Patrick is Paddy, while Patty is the short form for Patricia. So it’s actually Saint Paddy’s Day.

Which glass should I use?

You need to use a large Collins Cocktail glass or a pint-sized glass.

What if I don’t have Red Bull?

If you don’t have Red Bull, you can substitute with any other energy drink available locally.

Why does the Irish Trash Can Cocktail turn green?

The cocktail turns green when the blue curacao reacts with the yellow red bull drink.

Yield: 1 cocktail

Irish Trash Can Cocktail

Irish Trash Can Cocktail

Perfect fun St. Patrick's Day loaded with 6 different liquors that together create blue and green colors.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 can of Red Bull
  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Rum
  • 1 oz Blue Curacao
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz Peach Schnapps
  • Ice


  1. Fill the glass (either pint or collins) with ice to about 2/3.
  2. Add Blue Curacao first, so it goes to the bottom.
  3. Pour over vodka, gin, rum, triple sec, and peach schnapps.
  4. Top with Red Bull and leave the can inserted, hanging on the ice.


1 oz equals about 2/3 of a standard shot glass.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 363Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 102mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 0gSugar: 34gProtein: 1g

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