Whether you have Irish roots or not, St Paddy's Day (March 17) is a perfect excuse to imbibe the Irish spirit and dabble in some Gaelic fun.

The weekend of roistering kicks off on the Friday with music, dancing and feasting, then there's a sporting chance the green shirts may be heading for glory in the rugby Six Nations on the Saturday.

Try this cocktail of Irish descent to get you in the green groove:

Molly Malone Mule

Named after the ballad that has become Dublin's unofficial anthem, there could be plenty of renditions spanning bars and pubs across the British Isles (and the Aviva Stadium in Dublin) when revellers start counting down.

With a good kick and plenty of cheer, try the Molly Malone Mule using the aptly named The Dubliner Irish Whiskey  - a perfect introduction to Irish whiskey, it's 'approachable, warm and smooth', much like the welcoming manner of the Irish.

A blend of single malt and grain whiskies matured in bourbon casks, it's honey scented with hints of caramel, orchard fruits and a touch of sweet spice.

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Ingredients

50ml The Dubliner
Juice of a quarter of a lime
Ginger beer
Lime wedge
A slice of ginger (optional)

Method

Add ice to a copper julep cup.

Pour in the whiskey lime juice.

Top up with ginger beer and garnish with a sprig of mint, wedge of lime and ginger.

What are your favourite St Patrick’s Day tipples? Let us know in the comments section below.