Irish Whiskey Cocktails

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Irish whiskey tends not to be peated so usually lacks the subtle smoky notes associated with Scotch whisky, so making its presence somewhat subtler in a cocktail.

To quote David Embury from his seminal 1948 The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, "Now, if you really like the peat-smoke taste of Scotch, you may prefer it to Irish, just as you may prefer smoked ham to fresh ham. From every other point of view, however, I believe that Irish is infinitely superior to Scotch."

Irish whiskey mixes brilliantly with a wide array of ingredients and to prove this we've a selection of some of our favourite Irish whiskey based cocktails below.

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1920s Artist

With: Irish whiskey, Kirsch eau-de-vie, oloroso sherry. Dry vermouth, groseille syrup and Peychaud's Bitters.
Origin: A riff combining two vintage classics, the Artist's Special and the Nineteen Twenty cocktail.
1920s Artist recipe

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Artist's Special

With: Irish whiskey, Sherry Oloroso, lemon juice and red currant (groseille) syrup.
Origin: The Artist's Special from the 1920s, this cocktail first appeared in Harry and Wynn's Barflies and Cocktails in 1927.
Artist's Special recipe and (video with Chris Strong at London's Luggage Room).

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Blackthorn Irish

With: Irish whiskey, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, Bokers bitters and absinthe.
Origin: This cocktail first appeared in Harry Johnson's 1900 Bartender's Manual.
Blackthorn Irish recipe

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Brainstorm

With: Irish whiskey, Benedictine D.O.Mo. and dry vermouth.
Origin: Harry Craddock's 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book.
Brainstorn recipe

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Detroit Athletic Club

With: Irish whiskey, Green Chartreuse, sweet vermouth and falernum.
Origin: Adapted from a drink created in 2010 by Donovan Sornig, Bar Manager at Bol Restaurant, Vail, Colorado.
Detroit Athletic Club recipe

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Dublin Minstrel

With: Irish whiskey, Chartreuse Green, maraschino liqueur and lime juice.
Origin: Created by yours truly on 12th February 2015 at the Cabinet Room, London, England.
Dublin Minstrel recipe

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Gilbey Vintner's Punch

With: Irish whiskey, oloroso sherry, lemon juice, orange juice, orange sherbert and stout.
Origin: Created in 2015 by Chris Strong, The Luggage Room, London, England.
Gilbey Vintner's Punch recipe and video with Chris Strong at London's Luggage Room.

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Hearn Cocktail

With: Irish whiskey, sweet vermouth, Green Chartreuse, Orinoco Bitters, absinthe and orange bitters.
Origin: Adapted from a recipe created by Jack McGarry at The Dead Rabbit, New York City, USA.
Hearn Cocktail recipe

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Holy Joe Cocktail

With: Irish whiskey, sweet vermouth, apricot brandy liqueur and artichoke amaro.
Origin: 2016 by John Robinson, USA.
Holy Joe recipe

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Irish Coffee

With: Irish whiskey, Demerara sugar syrup, hot filter coffee and whipped cream.
Origin: Created in the 1940s by Joe Sheridan at Foynes' Port, Ireland.
Irish Coffee recipe

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Irish Maid

With: Irish whiskey, cucumber, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice and sugar syrup.
Origin: Adapted from a recipe created by Jack McGarry at The Dead Rabbit, New York City, USA.
Irish Maid recipe

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Parle-vous Irish Cocktail

With: Irish whiskey, cognac, Grand Marnier liqueur and Bénédictine D.O.M. liqueur.
Origin: Created in 2015 by Chris Strong at The Luggage Room, London, England.
Parle-vous Irish Cocktail recipe with video with Chris Strong at London's Luggage Room.

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Pickle Wack Cocktail

With: Irish whiskey, lemon juice, sugar syrup and egg white.
Origin: Mojo, Manchester, England.
Pickle Wack Cocktail recipe

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Psycho Killer Cocktail

With: Irish whiskey, cocoa nib-infused Campari, crème de banana, crème de cacao and absinthe.
Origin: 2014 by Jillian Vose at The Dead Rabbit, New York City.
Psycho Killer recipe

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Tipperary Cocktail No.1

With: Irish whiskey, Green Chartreuse and sweet vermouth.
Origin: Adapted from a recipe which first appeared in Hugo R. Ensslin's 1916 Recipes for Mixed Drinks.
Tipperary Cocktail No.1 recipe

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Weeski

With: Irish whiskey, Lillet Blanc, triple sec and orange bitters.
Origin: Created in 2004 by David Wondrich in Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Weeski recipe

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Wild Irish Rose

With: Irish whiskey, lemon juice, sugar syrup, pomegranate (grenadine) syrup and soda.
Origin: Dale DeGroff's twist on the classic Jack Rose.
Wild Irish Rose recipe

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