Bushmills Black Bush Old Fashioned

Bushmills Black Bush Old Fashioned

Today is Irish Whiskey Day, so it only seems right to celebrate with a cocktail. Bushmills Irish Whiskey has given us a Black Bush gift pack to give away to one of our lucky readers, plus we have an easy recipe for a Black Bush Old Fashioned cocktail below.

Did you know the word “whiskey” translates to “uisce beatha” in Irish, which means “water of life”? Whiskey is embedded deep in our island’s history with the oldest distillery in the country, The Old Bushmills Distillery on the North Coast, having first been granted its licence to distil back in 1608. Centuries later, Irish whiskey remains a matter of pride for Ireland with passion, great care and supreme craftsmanship being poured into every bottle.

Sunday, March 3rd marks Irish Whiskey Day and what better way to celebrate than to make yourself an Old Fashioned cocktail. The Old Fashioned is a well-loved, classic cocktail and is perfect with Irish Whiskey. The Angostura bitters and hint of orange really draw out the robust flavours of dried fruits and nuts in the Black Bush whiskey with every sip. Try out the recipe below.

Black Bush Old Fashioned


  • 50ml Black Bush Irish Whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon of demerara sugar syrup
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Orange peel
  • Ice


  1. In a mixing glass, slowly stir the Black Bush, sugar syrup and Angostura bitters over ice until chilled. Strain over fresh ice in a chilled rocks glass and garnish with the orange peel.

TIP: To make the sugar syrup, simmer 1 cup of unrefined demerara sugar with 1 cup of water until the sugar is fully dissolved. Allow to cool and decant into a glass bottle. 

To celebrate Irish Whiskey Day, we’ve teamed up with Bushmills Irish Whiskey to give one lucky reader a Bushmills Black Bush gift pack. To win, simply answer the following question in the form below and submit.  

We have a Black Bush gift pack up for grabs

We have a Black Bush gift pack up for grabs

For more cocktail inspiration and recipes, follow Bushmills Irish Whiskey on social media.

Q: When was Bushmills Irish Whiskey first granted a licence to distil? 

Terms and conditions apply. One entry per person. Competition closes at midnight Sunday March 10th, whereupon a winner will be picked at random from entries. Winner will be announced on our social media channels and contacted via email to organise delivery of prize.