Created on July 23, 2023

The Irish Trash Can cocktail is a vibrant and energizing mixed drink that's perfect for livening up any celebration or party. With a combination of various liquors and a splash of Red Bull, it packs a flavorful punch that's both sweet and fizzy. Let's dive into the recipe and discover how to make this crowd-pleasing cocktail.

It's meant to be served with the Red Bull can upside down in the top of the glass, but the photographer threw out the can before taking the picture :(.

irish trash can cocktail with blue-green gradient, in a pint glass filled with ice


  • ½ Ounce Gin
  • ½ Ounce White Rum
  • ½ Ounce Vodka
  • ½ Ounce Peach Schnapps
  • ½ Ounce Blue Curaçao
  • ½ Ounce Triple Sec
  • 1 Can Red Bull


  1. Pour the Blue Curaçao into a pint glass.
  2. Fill the pint glass just over halfway with ice.
  3. Add the Gin, Rum, Vodka, Peach Schnapps, and Triple Sec to the drink.
  4. Open a can of Red Bull, and tip it upside down inside the glass, resting the top of the can against the inside of the glass's rim.
  5. Add a straw, and enjoy!

Tips For Making An Irish Trash Can

  • If you want a gradient, make sure you pour the Blue Curaçao first, and pour the rest of the liquor onto the ice, to ensure the cocktail doesn't mix.

  • If you still want the cocktail to be balanced, you can shake the liquors (except for the Blue Curaçao) before adding them to the glass.

  • You can stir the whole drink before adding the Red Bull can, but this removes the gradient.

  • For a milder version, reduce the amount of liquor and increase the Red Bull.

What Does An Irish Trash Can Taste Like?

The Irish Trash Can cocktail offers a delicious, boozy medley of fruity and citrusy flavors with a hint of sweetness. The combination of peach schnapps, blue curaçao, and triple sec brings a delightful sweetness, while the energy drink adds a refreshing zing to the drink. The blend of different liquors creates a balanced taste that's both exciting and easy to sip on.

Irish Trash Can Ingredients

The Irish Trash Can is a very strong drink, made with vodka, rum, gin, peach schnapps, blue curaçao, triple sec, and a can of Red Bull.

  • Vodka: Adds a neutral base and smoothness.

  • White Rum: Imparts a hint of sweetness and depth.

  • Gin: Brings herbal and botanical notes.

  • Peach Schnapps: Provides a luscious peach flavor.

  • Blue Curaçao: Adds a bright blue color and a touch of orange flavor.

  • Triple Sec: Adds even more orange flavor, on top of the blue curaçao.

  • Red Bull: Gives a bubbly kick and boosts the drink's energy level with its caffeine.

History Of The Irish Trash Can

The exact origin of the Irish Trash Can cocktail remains somewhat mysterious, but it's believed to have emerged in the United States. This high-energy drink likely gained popularity in the late 20th century, becoming a go-to party drink.

It's very similar to the Adios, Motherfucker and the Long Island Iced Tea cocktails, both also known for their booziness and fun.

While its specific history is elusive, it's clear that the Irish Trash Can's vibrant appearance and fun mix of flavors have made it a beloved choice among cocktail enthusiasts. Today, it continues to be a favored option for those looking to add a colorful and energetic twist to their gatherings and celebrations.