I tended bar on one St. Patrick’s Day, and it was as crazy as you might expect. One of the more veteran bartenders warned me that the guys would all ask for Guinness, and the girls would all ask for, “something tasty and green, hee hee hee!” I whipped up an easy drink for this request, and I ended up making countless cups over the course of my shift. I called it the “Shamrock Beach,” since the flavors make me think about lying on the sand.

Shamrock Beach

You need:

shamrock beach

Pineapple Juice
Coconut Rum
Melon Liqueur
Tall glass with ice

fill halfway with pineapple juice

In an ice-filled glass (I only fill mine halfway, personal preference), pour pineapple juice to the halfway point.

add rum shot

Add a shot (1 1/2 ounces) of coconut rum. My favorite is Malibu.

add melon shot

Next, add a shot of melon liqueur. I used the favorite of every underaged girl, Midori!

top off with sprite

Top off the glass with Sprite. The bubbles in the soda will mix the drink.

Shamrock Beach

Add a straw and a cherry, and any other green garnish you can find, because it is the law on St. Patrick’s Day.


Sláinte (pronounced SLAWN-chuh – or, that’s how we pronounced it, I’m sure my Irish readers will correct me!) is an Irish word meaning “health.” It’s like saying CHEERS! It’s funny to hear Annie say it.

bottom's up!

I only drink Irish on St. Patrick’s Day (my Gramma taught me right) so I went with the standard Guinness/Bailey’s combination. It’s my favorite.


After this picture was taken, my mom and I got drunk and picked fights. JUST KIDDING. I didn’t get drunk.

This drink is also delicious if you substitute grenadine for the melon liqueur.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Shamrock Beach
Recipe type: Beverage
Prep time: 
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Serves: 1 glass
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Sprite
  • Coconut Rum
  • Melon Liqueur
  • Tall glass with ice
  1. In an ice-filled glass, pour pineapple juice to the halfway point.
  2. Add a shot (1½ ounces) of coconut rum.
  3. Next, add a shot (1½ ounces) of melon liqueur.
  4. Top off the glass with Sprite.
  5. Add a straw and a cherry, and server immediately
Can be doubled, tripled, etc.