For one day a year everyone is Irish. At least that is the excuse for thousands of people to go out and get shellacked on Saint Patrick's Day. There are lots of great bars in Tri-Cities that will be packed with party goers decked out in green guzzling colored beer, but if you are looking to throw your own party or get together with friends, here are four easy cocktails to create.

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Irish Car Bomb

Not for the solo drinker. If you are at home taking Irish Car Bombs on the lonesome, you might have a problem. Similar to a Jäger Bomb or Bull Blaster, this is a drop-shot drink. Some bars mix up all the ingredients for you to avoid the mess that can be caused by drunkies dropping shot glasses into another glass, but the drop is part of the fun. Also, don't sip this, CHUG and move one to the next.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED
3/4 pint Guinness
1/2 part Irish cream liqueur
1/2 part Irish whiskey

PREPARATION
Pour the Irish cream liqueur into a shot glass.
Pour the Irish whiskey on top.
Pour the Guinness into a pint glass or beer mug 3/4 of the way full and let settle.
Drop the shot glass into the Guinness and chug.


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Jameson and Ginger

Classic and classy.This one is pretty straightforward: Jameson Irish Whiskey and ginger ale. A good mixed drink that you can sip on throughout the evening. You could always just ditch the ginger ale portion and go straight for the Jame-O, but if you want to make it until last call, that's probably a bad move. Don't forget the lime!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED
1 1/2 parts Jameson Irish Whiskey
Ginger ale
Lime wedge

PREPARATION
Pour the whiskey into a highball glass filled with ice.
Fill with ginger ale (or to your taste preference)
Squeeze a lime wedge over the drink and drop it in.
Stir


Irish Cactus

Not feeling the whiskey or Guinness? Tequila fans can spice things up and get their jig on with this cool beverage.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED
2 parts Irish cream liqueur
1 part tequila

PREPARATION
Pout the tequila into a low ball glass filled with ice.
Pour in the Irish Cream liqueur
Stir


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Irish Coffee

You can't drink all day unless you start in the morning - Start your day off right with a kick in your coffee. Combine the best Irish whiskey you can afford with your favorite cup of Joe and you have a hot Irish favorite in your hands.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED
4 parts hot coffee
1 part Irish whiskey
2 tsp brown sugar
1 ounce lightly whipped double cream

PREPARATION
Pour the sugar then coffee into a warm Irish coffee glass, mug, or other heat-proof stemmed glass.
Stir until dissolved.
Add the Irish whiskey and stir again.
Float the cream on top by pouring it over the back of a spoon.
Drink the coffee through the cream.