St Patrick’s Day Pudding Shots

St. Patrick’s day celebrations here in America need some alcohol.  These St Patrick’s Day Pudding Shots are not only a festive dessert but the addition of Irish cream liqueur to pistachio pudding is just what the holiday needs.   Adding Bailey’s or Carolans to instant pudding is what makes these shots so good.  Who knew that pistachio and Irish cream went together so well but oh my goodness they are so delicious!     Sip these and you too will know the magic!

They are the perfect ending for a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner celebration.  A fun alcoholic pudding makes a great green dessert. To enjoy a full meal you may also want to make the following recipes and enjoy it all:

What is Irish Cream Liqueur?

The two most popular brands in America are Bailey’s and Carolans.  Irish cream is a blend of Irish whiskey, cream, hints of vanilla, and chocolate.  So right there, I should have you hooked.   It has an ABV (alcohol by volume)  level of about 15-20% and is popular in many mixed drinks.   If you have Irish cream in your liqueur cabinet already, these pudding shots will be great to enjoy some in.  Other cocktails that you can use Irish cream in include:

  • Nutty Irishman
  • Mudslide
  • Irish Car Bomb
  • Cement Mixer

St Patricks' Day Pudding Shots
St Patricks’ Day Pudding Shots


How to Make St. Patrick’s Day Pudding Shots

This recipe is super easy and is ideal to make ahead of time. So when the big day comes to celebrate, you can spend more time on other things like prepping the corned beef, drinking a Guinness, or taking a nap before you indulge in all the festivities.  Those are just suggestions, I am not speaking from experience or anything.

The key to these is that they are green in color and the pistachio flavor is what makes these unique.  This pudding shot recipe is wonderful for St Patrick’s Day, Halloween, and Christmas.  However, if you are not a pistachio fan or do not want these to have the small bits of nuts that the pudding mix does have, you can substitute vanilla pudding into this pudding shot recipe. It will be also delicious and if you simply want them green too, just add the bit of food coloring as listed below.  You can add really any food coloring and make them for any holiday or themed party that way – the ultimate vanilla pudding shot recipe!

Only 5 Ingredients for the Pudding Shots

  • a small package of instant pistachio pudding (3.4oz)
  • 1 C milk
  • 1 C Irish Cream liquor
  • 1 C Cool Whip
  • whipped cream
    • sprinkles – optional tasty fun!
    • green food coloring – optional for the desired color


How to Make Pudding Shots

Here are the ingredients you need for the pudding shots. Jello pudding is the most popular but any brand of pistachio pudding will work for this fun pudding shot recipe. Optional is green food coloring. The green will not be as bright as the pudding is alone. Once the liqueur is added it will change a bit. It is up to you if you want it green and festive or it is all about the taste.

ingredients for pudding shots
St Patricks’ Day Pudding Shots Ingredients



In a mixing bowl with a pourable spout, add the instant pudding mix, the cold milk, and the Irish cream. Mix with a hand mixer on low until it is smooth and combined.   The brown color will change the color, it will still be green but subtle.  This is where I decided to add some food coloring.

The Irish Cream will mute the green pudding color
The Irish Cream will mute the green pudding color


It will turn a bit more green with each drop you add. My results are from 2 drops of green food coloring added.  If I really wanted a more true green for St. Patrick’s Day I would have added a few more drops. I wanted this to be green but still be light in color like the original pistachio pudding.

St Patricks' Day Pudding Shots
Optional – I added 2 drops of green food coloring


The last step is to fold in the soft Cool Whip.    If it does not fold smoothly, you can use the hand mixer for a few seconds on low. You want this to be smooth so it is pourable and it will be drinkable as it sets just a bit.

Fold the Cool Whip into the green pudding mix
Fold in the Cool Whip


Pour into 12 regular shot glasses or into 6 larger dessert/jelly cups.  I like the bigger size so it feels more like a dessert and drink.  Once all are poured, place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.  They will NOT get the pudding skin that can happen so they can be made ahead of time and still be drinkable.

Pour the mix into 6 small glasses
Pour into 6 small dessert glasses or 12 shot glasses


The puddings will be a bit set but if you tilted the cups would be thick but still pourable. Think of a really thick milkshake.

St Patricks' Day Pudding Shots
Pudding shots before the whipped cream


Top with whipped cream and/or sprinkles.  My kids eat a lot of sprinkles on ice cream sundaes around here so we were out of them.

St Patricks' Day Pudding Shots
Top with whipped cream



These would also be great to have as a Christmas Pudding Shot. Maybe add some red sprinkles on top of the whipped cream.

St Patrick's Day Pudding Shots PIN
St Patrick’s Day Pudding Shots


What to Serve for St Patrick’s Day –

These great pistachio pudding shots with Irish cream are the perfect ending to a great St Patty’s Day meal. Here are more great recipes to enjoy in your celebration:


St Patricks' Day Pudding Shots
CHEERS – St Patricks’ Day Pudding Shots




St Patrick's Day Pudding Shots PIN
St Patrick’s Day Pudding Shots PIN


St Patrick's Day Pudding Shots PIN
St Patrick’s Day Pudding Shots PIN



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St Patrick's Day Pudding Shots

St Patrick's Day Pudding Shots

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with pistachio and Irish cream liqueur pudding shots - Cheers! A fun and easy pudding shot recipe great for parties and the green color is great also for Christmas.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Chilling Time 30 mins
Course Dessert


  • shot glasses or pudding'yougurt glass jars


  • 1 small package instant pistachio pudding 3.4oz size
  • 1 C cold milk
  • 1 C Irish cream liqueur Carolan's, Bailey's, etc
  • 1 C Cool Whip soft at room temperature
  • whipped cream
  • green sprinkles & green food coloring optional


  • In a mixing bowl with a pourable spout, add the pudding mix, milk, and liqueur.
  • With a hand mixer, mix on low speed until combined and smooth. There will be really small pistachio bits from the pudding mix, that is ok.
  • Optional but makes it a true green again - Add a few drops, one at a time, of food coloring if you want the green color to be more pronounced. In mine pictured above, I added 2 drops of food coloring. Mix with hand-mixer to combine.
  • Fold in the cool whip until evenly combined. If still a bit lumpy, use the hand-mixer for only a few seconds.
  • Pour into 12 shot glasses or into 6 larger jelly/yogurt/dessert glasses.
  • Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to chill and set. It will not be solid like regular pudding. It will be thick and pourable/drinkable.
  • To serve, top with whipped cream. Add sprinkles if desired.
  • This can be made ahead of time. It will last in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Top with whip cream only before serving as that will not hold up well.
Keyword alcohol, christmas, cocktail, dessert, drink, Easter, easy, gluten-free, grain-free, holiday, irish, no bake, party, quick, st patrick's day, sweet


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