Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Other Whiskey Cocktails

10 Essential Irish Whiskey Cocktails

Commander-in-Chief. Image:

Brent Herrig

Irish whiskey is having its moment. Thanks to a boom in distilling and an unquenchable thirst for its products abroad, the 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 10 Irish whiskey cocktails to try now.

  • Black Barrel Old Fashioned

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    Continue to 5 of 10 below.
  • Kilbeggan Secret Sour

    Kilbeggan Secret Sour / Tim Nusog

    This refreshing cocktail from top bartender Joaquín Simó of NYC's Pouring Ribbons 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.

  • Isaiah Rynders

    Isaiah Rynders / Tim Nusog

    This savory take on the Dark 'n Stormy packs quite a punch. It mixes Jameson Black Barrel and Connemara Irish whiskeys with Cardamaro, ginger syrup, lime juice, tamarind chutney, vanilla soda, and the Dead Rabbit's Orinoco bitters.

    Continue to 9 of 10 below.
  • Irish Coffee

    Irish Coffee / Tim Nusog

    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 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.

  • 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.