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5 Irish Whiskey Drinks for St. Patrick’s Day

Irish Coffee
Irish Coffee. Image: / Tim Nusog

Contrary to popular belief, Irish whiskey isn’t good only in shots, Pickle Backs or the tragically named Car Bomb: It also makes a damn fine cocktail.

The typically smooth and incredibly drinkable whiskey is one of the most popular spirits on planet Earth right now. And what better occasion than St. Patrick’s Day to mix a cocktail with it?

Time to start shaking one of our favorite Irish whiskey cocktails.

  • Irish Jack Rose

    The Jack Rose is traditionally made with applejack, but we’re big fans of this Irish whiskey variation that also calls for brandy, lime juice and grenadine. It could become your year-round drink.

  • Kilbeggan Secret Sour

    This refreshing cocktail from top bartender Joaquín Simó was inspired by the classic Whiskey Sour. This version is a bit more complicated, mixing Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, vermouth, lemon and grapefruit juices, club soda and orange bitters. The result is an elegant, citrusy drink perfect for afternoon happy hour.

  • Hearn

    If you love Manhattans, you’ll want to try this special creation from Jack McGarry, award-winning bartender at New York’s famed Irish bar The Dead Rabbit. Instead of American whiskey, it’s made with a base of Knappogue Castle 12-Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey and a complex mixture of sweet vermouth, green Chartreuse, The Dead Rabbit’s own Orinoco Bitters, absinthe and orange bitters.

  • McGlashan

    Jack McGarry shakes again: This sweet and spicy cocktail mixes Knappogue Castle 12-Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey with oloroso sherry, fresh lemon juice, ginger syrup, orange-ginger marmalade and a few dashes of The Dead Rabbit’s Orinoco Bitters.

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  • Irish Coffee

    Irish Coffee / Tim Nusog

    The best holidays start early. So wake up the right way with an Irish Coffee. Our recipe, from advisory board member and bartending legend Dale DeGroff, is the best version we’ve ever tasted. It calls for super-popular Jameson Irish Whiskey, brown sugar syrup for rich sweetness, coffee and freshly whipped cream. You’ll never look at Irish whiskey—or coffee—the same way.