Irish Whiskey Drink Recipes To Try This Week

With Irish whiskey is a staple in bars everywhere, it'd be awesome to make like a bartender and have some whiskey cocktail recipes in your arsenal to impress your friends (you know, the ones who still haven't realized that the only thing whiskey really needs is a tumbler full of ice). Here are some whiskey cocktail recipes you can try to enhance your whiskey drinking experience.

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1. Irish Coffee



When talking about Irish whiskey and cocktails, this concoction will always top the list. Created by legendary bartender Dale DeGroff, this Irish whiskey recipe is a crowd pleaser during cold weather. The recipe calls for a Clontarf 1014, so be sure to check your liquor store for this brand.


  • 1 1/2 oz Clontarf 1014
  • 4 oz coffee
  • 1/2 oz demerara syrup
  • a dollop of heavy cream

How To Mix The Drink:

Brew the coffee of your choice and pour it into a stemmed glass. Stir in the whiskey and demerara syrup gently, taking care not to spill a drop. Whip the heavy cream by hand and slowly pour it on top of the drink.

2. Irish Derby



Kentucky Derby fans will recognize this drink straight away! It first came into the public eye in 1947 and was originally bourbon-based. However, times and palates change. Bartenders started taking notice of how the citrus-y taste of a true Irish whiskey really lends a tangy twist to the cocktail. While not Irish in origin, it does call for this type of whiskey in the recipe.


  • 1/2 oz Redbreast whiskey
  • 1/2 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1/2 oz dry curaçao
  • 1/2 oz lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • twist of lime to garnish

How To Mix The Drink:

Dump ice into a cocktail shaker and pour in the whiskey, curaçao, sweet vermouth, lime juice, and Angostura bitters. Shake it hard for 30 seconds until it's fully chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lime twist.

3. Tommy Gun



A drink as hard as the firearm it's named for, the Tommy Gun is a tough little cocktail. The Tommy Gun was the brainchild of Jacques Bezuidenhout in San Francisco back in 2008. The uniqueness of this drink comes from its diverse ingredients that produce a bold, strong flavor. This makes it an interesting post-dinner drink for a lightly grilled dish. The ingredients aren't exactly hard to find, but you'll need to track down a bottle of Jameson to make this drink happen.


  • 2 oz Jameson whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 2 thin slices ginger
  • 1 tsp apricot jam
  • 1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • twist of lemon to garnish

How To Mix The Drink:

Muddle the ginger, jam, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker until it is thoroughly mixed. Fill the shaker with ice and pour in the whiskey and Grand Marnier. Shake vigorously until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass with ice and garnish with the lemon twist.


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