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Irish Whiskey Is Very Good in Cocktails. Have You Had These 5 Ultimate Examples?

Image: Brent Herrig

In case you haven’t been paying attention, Irish whiskey is having its moment. Thanks to a boom in distilling and an unquenchable thirst for its products abroad, the creamy smooth nectar of the Emerald Isle has become a staple of the modern cocktail movement. Bartenders from all over are finding ways to use Irish whiskey in a variety of drinks, from riffs on classics to inspired new creations. These are five Irish whiskey cocktails to try now.

  • Black Barrel Old Fashioned

    Jameson brand ambassador Killian Lee suggests using Jameson Black Barrel whiskey in this version of an Old Fashioned. The whiskey mingles with two different kinds of bitters and a little Bénédictine liqueur to amplify its malty sweetness, making it a worthy twist on the classic.

  • Luck of the Irish

    Tim Nusog

    John O’Connell of West Cork Distillers in Cork, Ireland, recommends this Irish version of a Manhattan. The cocktail consists of equal parts West Cork Distillers 10-year-old single malt, sweet vermouth and Green Chartreuse. Combine the three, stir, strain and serve over ice.

  • True Blue

    Brent Herrig

    This crowd-pleasing cocktail comes from Harrison Ginsberg at The Dead Rabbit in New York City and uses Tullamore D.E.W. 12-year-old as its whiskey base. Bitters, ginger syrup, sherry, apple brandy and even Guinness are added to the party. All the ingredients are shaken, strained and served with a nutmeg garnish.

  • Eye Opener

    Tim Nusog

    For this cocktail, Lee uses Jameson Caskmates, which is regular Jameson that has been finished in beer casks. The "eye-opening" part of this cocktail comes from the addition of cold-brew coffee. This is tempered by ginger–brown-sugar syrup and finished off with a bit of stout.

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  • Commander in Chief

    Brent Herrig

    Jillian Vose, the bar manager at The Dead Rabbit, knows a thing or two about Irish whiskey and cocktails. This drink employs two expressions: Redbreast 12-year-old and Green Spot. Mix these with brandy, verjus blanc, passion fruit syrup and bitters, and enjoy.