12 Irish Whiskey Cocktail Recipes

Our Best Irish Whiskey Cocktail Recipes

Irish Gold Cocktail

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Irish whiskey is smooth and can be used in a variety of both cold and warm drinks. Whether it's St. Patrick's Day or you're simply a fan of this style of whiskey, there are many great cocktail recipes to try.

While there are tried and true favorites like the Irish coffee, Irish whiskey is surprisingly versatile. From refreshing highballs to short sour drinks, and fancy martinis to fruity delights, it's time to rethink what's possible with Irish whiskey.

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    Irish Coffee

    Original Irish Coffee Recipe

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    Few drinks in the world can beat the original Irish coffee. It is the signature drink for Irish whiskey and a little more complicated than merely spiking your coffee, though it's not difficult. To make this timeless drink, you will need brown sugar and lightly whipped cream. Combine those with your favorite Irish whiskey and the most robust coffee you can brew, and a fantastic cup is ready to enjoy.

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    Irish Winter

    Irish Winter - whiskey spiked hot coffee
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    A modern take on that classic, the Irish winter adds a couple of interesting touches. For this recipe, you'll keep the Irish whiskey and black coffee. To give it a sweeter, creamier profile, you'll bring in a coffee liqueur and an Irish cream. It's simple, flavorful, and a perfect way to shake up your spiked coffee routine.

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    Whiskey and Ginger

    Irish Whiskey Ginger

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    The easiest drink of the lot, the whiskey and ginger is essential for any Irish whiskey lover's drink menu. This refreshing highball is nothing more than a shot of Irish whiskey topped with ginger ale. If you make the switch to ginger beer, you'll have the snappy Irish buck.

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    Irish Gold

    Irish Gold Cocktail

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    The Irish gold is a fantastic way to enjoy the lighter side of Irish whiskey. The recipe starts with a shot of triple distilled Irish whiskey. You'll then pour peach liquor and add a hint of orange juice to give it a fruity twist and finish it off with your favorite ginger ale. If you're looking for a new happy hour drink, this is a great choice.

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    Irish Martini

    Irish Martini with Lemon Twist
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    So, you want a vodka martini, but it's St. Patrick's Day, and you feel obligated to add an Irish twist? The Irish martini is the drink for you. This recipe is a simple way to marry the crisp, clean taste of the martini with the oaky darkness of the whiskey. There's no secret, either: Swirl some whiskey in your glass before pouring the drink. It's a small touch that makes a significant impact.

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    Massey Cocktail

    Jacob Grier's Massey Cocktail

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    There is no mistaking the wonder of the Massey cocktail. This one is unique, a bit like an Irish Manhattan meets a gin martini, with a herbal twist or two. The recipe pairs Irish whiskey with London dry gin then tosses in a little sweet vermouth. To build up the flavor, you'll add green herbal liquor and the slightest hint of a bitter Italian aperitif. The result is the ultimate Irish whiskey dinner cocktail.

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    Whiskey Cider Julep

    Whiskey Cider Julep Cocktail
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    The whiskey cider julep is a perfect Irish whiskey cocktail for autumn. Just like the mint julep, you'll begin with a muddle of mint and syrup, but this time with a little lime. Toss in the whiskey, then a good hard apple cider. It's a fascinating blend of flavors and definitely not your average whiskey drink.

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    Zesty Irishman

    Zesty Irishman Cocktail

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    The zesty Irishman proves that both Irish and Scotch whisky can work in a sour drink. The recipe pairs the two dark spirits with triple sec and fresh lemon then tops it off with a splash of ginger ale. It really is zesty and ideal when you're in the mood for something that's simultaneously slow, smooth, and invigorating.

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    Old Thyme Sour

    Old Thyme Sour Cocktail With Irish Whiskey
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    When you're ready to take the Irish whiskey sour to a new level of complexity, the old thyme sour is the perfect recipe. It will undoubtedly appeal to your inner mixologist, and there is so much to love about this recipe. You get to make a cinnamon-thyme syrup, light a sprig of Chartreuse-coated thyme on fire, and tone your muscles while shaking the egg. The combination of citrus, herbs, and whiskey is a taste experience, and it's sure to impress.

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    Blackberry Malt

    Blackberry Malt With Irish Whiskey
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    Though single malt Irish whiskeys are rare, they are around and worth exploring. While you have a bottle in your bar, mix up the blackberry malt. It's a rare treat in the Irish whiskey cocktail scene because it pairs fresh blackberries and lime with the whiskey. If you typically reserve whiskey for winter, it's time to bring it into the summer sun, and this is the ideal recipe for doing so.

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    Irish Tea Party

    Irish Tea Party Cocktail

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    The versatility of Irish whiskey is displayed wonderfully in the Irish tea party recipe. This fascinating lowball uses whiskey to bridge the flavor gap between absinthe and chilled green tea. The absinthe is used as a rinse to lightly coat the glass with its wormwood and anise herbal flavor. Add a shot of whiskey, then your favorite tea, and enjoy the sensation!

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    Green Dublin Apple Cocktail

    Green Dublin Apple Cocktail

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    As unlikely as it seems, Irish whiskey can even handle the sour apple martini. You may even enjoy this one better than any vodka version. The green Dublin apple cocktail features Irish whiskey, sour apple liquor, and white cranberry juice. The trio is very specific—as are the pours for each ingredient—because it's a fine-tuned balance of flavor captured inside a stunning green drink.