The typically smooth and incredibly drinkable whiskey is one of the most popular spirits on planet Earth right now. And what better occasion than St. Patrick’s Day to mix a cocktail with it?
Time to start shaking one of our eight favorite Irish whiskey cocktails.
The best holidays start early. So wake up the right way with an Irish Coffee. Our recipe, from Liquor.com advisory board member and bartending legend Dale DeGroff, is the best version we’ve ever tasted. It calls for super-popular Jameson Irish Whiskey, brown sugar syrup for rich sweetness, coffee and freshly whipped cream. You’ll never look at Irish whiskey—or coffee—the same way.
Irish Jack Rose
The Kilbeggan Secret Sour
This refreshing cocktail from top bartender Joaquín Simó was inspired by the classic Whiskey Sour. This version is a bit more complicated, mixing Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, vermouth, lemon and grapefruit juices, club soda and orange bitters. The result is an elegant, citrusy drink perfect for afternoon happy hour.
If you love Manhattans, you’ll want to try this special creation from Jack McGarry, award-winning bartender at New York’s famed Irish bar The Dead Rabbit. Instead of American whiskey, it’s made with a base of Knappogue Castle 12-Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey and a complex mixture of sweet vermouth, Green Chartreuse, The Dead Rabbit’s own Orinoco Bitters, absinthe and orange bitters.
Bushmills Irish Buck
One of our favorite two-ingredient drinks is the Horse’s Neck. For a similar concoction with one more ingredient, we look to the Bushmills Irish Buck. It has Bushmills Irish Whiskey and a healthy squeeze of fresh lime juice, in addition to the Horse's Neck's ginger ale. A subtle difference, but a delicious one.
Jack McGarry shakes again: This sweet and spicy cocktail mixes Knappogue Castle 12-Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey with oloroso sherry, fresh lemon juice, ginger syrup, orange-ginger marmalade and a few dashes of The Dead Rabbit’s Orinoco Bitters.
An Bodhran (The Drum)
You don't have to speak Gaelic to enjoy this cocktail. The recipe starts off with a healthy measure of Bushmills Irish Whiskey, and then finishes with a little port, maple sugar and a whole egg. Cocktail for breakfast?
You’ve got to taste this cocktail created by Liquor.com advisory board member and top bartender Willy Shine. It combines Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey with fresh lemon juice, and fresh-pressed apple juice. But the key ingredient is homemade tea syrup infused with spices like cinnamon and star anise. It’s a delicious meld of sweet and sour ingredients that’s so good, you may feel like you need to alert the authorities.