Irish Trash Can Drink Recipe

This Irish Trash Can Drink recipe is a very bold and colorful cocktail that’s not for the faint of heart! It’s super fruity, super boozy and super vibrant, making it perfect for a St Patrick’s Day party. 

irish trash can - two servings of cocktail drink

Does seeing a trash can drink bring you back to your college days? That’s at least what happened to us!

This Irish Trash Can is a strong cocktail that’s still sweet and fruity. So it’s easy to drink, but beware because that can be dangerous so drink responsibly!

It’s bright emerald and vibrant so it’s the perfect St. Patrick’s Day cocktail to pair with some chocolate shamrock cookies.

The Irish Trash Can is an extremely potent cocktail that is garnished with a can of Red Bull.

It features a mixture of 3 different liquors, 3 different liqueurs and caffeine.

Trash can drinks are drinks that literally contain all types of alcohol thrown together, typically in a plastic bin.

The Irish Trash Can is a bit more classier and served in a tall glass.

And even though it was not invented in Ireland, it’s called “Irish” because once you pour in all the liquors and stir, it becomes bright green.

irish trash can drink - pouring redbull drink in the glass

What Does an Irish Trash Can Taste Like?

Even though this cocktail is made using a very strong mixture of liquors and liqueurs and liquors, the main flavor profile is sweet, fruity with orange and peach notes.

It is balanced with the dryness from the triple sec and gin.

irish trashcan - ingredients needed to make the drink

What Ingredients Are Used in the Irish Trash Can Recipe?

Rum — Preferably a white rum



Triple sec

Blue Curaçao

Peach schnapps

Red Bull energy drink — For the caffeine boost

irish trash can recipe - top view of the ingredients

What Is Triple Sec? And Blue Curaçao? Is Triple Sec the Same As Cointreau?

Triple sec Cointreau and Blue Curacao are all orange liqueurs but each are unique.

Triple sec

A neutral tasting dry orange liqueur infused with orange peels.

Triple sec is rarely consumed as is and more commonly used for mixing in cocktails like margaritas or May Tai’s.


Cointreau is a higher quality triple sec. It is sweeter and also has a more complex flavor profile. It can be consumed straight on the rocks or mixed in cocktails.

We recommend using it in cocktails with fewer ingredients like a Cranberry Sidecar, where the quality and flavor of each ingredient are crucial. 

Because Cointreau is a type of triple sec, you can double up on the triple sec and opt out on the Cointreau if you do not have any on hand.

Blue Curaçao

Blue Curaçao is a bright blue Carribean Antilles orange liqueur that’s sweet in the beginning but has a bitter touch in the end. It is made with the peels of a specific type of bitter oranges called “Laraha”.

Do not skip out of the Blue Curaçao, since it is the key component to achieving the green color in the Irish trash can drink. 

trashcan drink - equipment used to make the drink

Step by Step Instructions on How To Make Trash Can

1 — Fill a tall Collins glass with ice.

2 — Pour the Blue Curaçao first so that it sits at the bottom.

3 — Add the gin, vodka, rum, and peach schnapps, and stir throughly.

4 — Open the Red Bull can sit it upside on top the glass (like a garnish). Add a couple of straws and enjoy!

irish trashcan drink - single servings of the cocktail

Recipe Notes and Tips

— Depending on how large your glass, a can of Red Bull may be too much, which is way a Collins glass is ideal. You can reserve the rest of it in another glass. 

— Feel free to add more of each liquor and adjust to your liking. Some versions use 1 ounce ratios of each. But we prefer to use only 1/2 ounce of each. 

More Easy St. Patrick’s Day Inspired Recipes

irish trashcan drink - single servings of the cocktail

Irish Trash Can Recipe

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5 from 1 vote
Irish trash can drink, a bold and bright emerald green super potent cocktail that is fruity and boozy and will be the perfect cocktail for St. Patrick’s day.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Cocktails



  • 1/2 oz white rum
  • 1/2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz triple sec substitute for Cointreau if desired
  • 1/2 oz Blue Curaçao
  • 1/2 oz peach schnapps
  • 5 oz Red Bull
  • 2-3 ice cubes approximately


Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 13mg | Sugar: 31g | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 1
Calories: 144kcal


  • Fill a Collins glass with ice.
  • Pour the Blue Curaçao first so that it sits at the bottom.
  • Add the gin, vodka, rum, and peach schnapps, and stir throughly.
  • Open the Red Bull can sit it upside on top the glass (like a garnish). Add a couple of straws and enjoy!
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