Irish whiskey cocktails to try in 2021

In the world of whiskies, Irish whiskey holds a pedestal of its own. For a time, Irish whiskey was the most sought-after liquor in the world. While its status may have declined since the heady days of the late 19th century, Irish whiskey is slowly finding its mojo back. Today we are sharing some lesser-known Irish whiskey cocktails to try in the New Year for the fans of Jameson and other Irish whiskies.

Irish Whiskey Maid

Irish Whiskey Maid

This floral and refreshing cocktail is ideal for people with less refined whiskey palates. Relatively easy to make and enjoyable to the boot, the Irish Whiskey Maid is a proper cocktail for every whisky lover worth their while.

You will need,
  • 60 ml Jameson Black Barrel whiskey
  • 30 ml freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 shot of St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 3 slices of cucumber, muddled
  • 2-3 fresh mint leaves
To prep,

Grab a shaker and combine the whiskey, lime juice, liqueur and the muddled cucumber. Add some ice and shake well. Fine strain the mix into glasses and garnish with mint sprigs.

Walnut Old Fashioned

Walnut Old Fashioned

This cocktail adds a modern spin to the Classic Old-Fashioned cocktail while still offering the signature kick and maintaining the harsh sweetness of Irish whiskey in the mix. Trust us, you cannot go wrong with a Walnut Old Fashioned in your evening glass.

You will need,
  • 2 cubes of brown sugar
  • 5 dashes black walnut bitters
  • Orange peel
  • 60 ml Irish rye whiskey
  • Ice cubes
To prep,

Place the sugar cube with bitters and the orange peel in an old-fashioned glass and add a small splash of water. Mix the contents till the sugar is dissolved. Add the Irish rye whiskey and stir. Finish with ice cubes, stir a little and serve.

The Weekend Punch

The Weekend Punch

This Irish whiskey cocktail is more of a celebratory drink with its fruity underbelly. If you love fruity whisky cocktails, then here's a mix to add to your list of favorites. Make sure you invite all your friends over for this one.

You will need,
  • 2 parts sparkling white wine
  • 1 ¾ part Irish whiskey
  • 1 part orange juice
  • ¾ part grapefruit or cranberry juice
  • ¼ part simple syrup
  • 8-10 dashes of bitters
To prep,

Simply add all the ingredients into a large jug, add ice to chill and you are golden. The simplicity of the method makes it one of our favorite Irish whiskey cocktails for impromptu parties.

The Smithfield Grocer

The Smithfield Grocer

If the previous cocktails seem too easy to mix, the Smithfield Grocer will work your gears a little before you can pour one. An ideal drink for a warm summer afternoon, this cocktail expands the Irish whiskey's flavors with some added sweetness and taste.

You will need,
  • 1/2 bottle of Irish whiskey
  • 1 liter pomegranate juice
  • 250 ml ginger beer
  • Juice and zest of 3 limes
  • 50g chopped ginger
  • 50g sugar
  • Fresh pomegranate seeds
  • Sliced limes
To prep,

Combine the pomegranate juice, ginger, lime juice and zest and sugar in a blender. Blend the ingredients and sieve the mixture into a jug. Now, add the Irish whiskey and ginger beer. Garnish with the lime slices and pomegranate seeds. Sit back and enjoy.

The Bloody Molly

The Bloody Molly

An Irish twist to the classic vodka drink, the Bloody Molly represents the playful charm of the Irish people. The drink is named after Dublin's most famous daughter – Molly Malone, a 'colorful' character from John Jameson's era – the famous Irish master blender, himself.

You will need,
  • 5 parts of tomato juice
  • 1 part of original Irish whiskey
  • ¼ part dry sherry
  • 2 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 dashes of tabasco
  • 1 twist of black pepper
  • ½ tsp of celery salt
  • ½ tsp of horseradish sauce
  • ½ tsp of sugar
To prep,

Hand-blend the Irish whiskey with all other ingredients. Once mixed, serve the cocktail in a tall glass with ice and a piece of celery to garnish. If you do not mind getting a little handsy, this Irish whiskey cocktail is a real treat.

Just so you know, Irish whiskey is a little sweeter than Scotch and Bourbon variants and hence pairs well with sharp, crisp notes of ingredients like ginger and citrus. So, get set and make yourself one of these fantastic Irish whiskey cocktails.

Other Irish whiskey cocktails

Irish Whiskey Lemonade Cocktail

Smithfield Grocer Cocktail

The Irish Royale

Irish Whiskey and Fig Jam Cocktail

Jameson Summer Punch