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.

Artist's Special (video with Chris Strong at London's Luggage Room)
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.

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.

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.

Dublin Minstrel (video with Kevin Hurley, global brand ambassador for Teeling Whiskey)
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.

Gilbey Vintner's Punch (video with Chris Strong at London's Luggage Room)
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.

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.

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 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.

Parle-vous Irish Cocktail (video with Chris Strong at London's Luggage Room)
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.

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.

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

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.

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