There is much to celebrate in the world of one of Ireland's favourite drinks.
It's been a banner year for Irish whiskey, with the industry reported to be at a 120-year high. The Irish Whiskey Association also recently revealed that over 135 million bottles of Irish whiskey were expected to have been sold around the world in 2019.
Of course, as well as being enjoyed as a standalone tipple, whiskey also makes a great base for cocktails. If you fancy experimenting Bushmills Irish Whiskey has given us a trio of cocktail recipes for you to try.
The Honey Highball is the perfect mix of sugar and spice. The honey liqueur and triple sec complement the sweet, warm vanilla notes of Bushmills Original, while the strong flavours of the ginger ale and lemon juice bring the crisp, spicy finish of the whiskey to the fore.
35ml of Bushmills Original
20ml fresh lemon juice
15ml honey liqueur
10ml triple sec
1. Pour 35ml of Bushmills Original into a tall glass.
2. Add 20ml fresh lemon juice, 15ml honey liqueur and 10ml triple sec.
3. Shake together and strain over cubed ice.
4. Top with ginger ale and garnish with lemon peel.
5. Serve in a highball glass.
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The well-loved and timeless Old Fashioned cocktail with a Black Bush twist. The delicious combination of Bushmills Black Bush, Angostura bitters and hint of orange really draws out the rich flavours of dried fruits and nuts in the whiskey with every sip. This is a cocktail that oozes character and confidence.
50ml Black Bush
1 teaspoon of demerara sugar syrup
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
1. Pour 50ml Black Bush into a mixing glass.
2. Add 2 dashes of Angostura bitters and 1 teaspoon of demerara sugar syrup*.
3. Slowly stir Black Bush, sugar syrup and Angostura Bitters over ice until chilled.
4. Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass and garnish with orange peel.
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.
This cocktail brings a refreshing twist to Bushmills 10 Year Old – a great way for discerning whiskey drinkers to discover this single malt whiskey. The fresh and zesty notes of Bushmills 10 Year Old complement the crisp, fruity flavours from the cider and apple juice. Topped off with sparking soda water and a wedge of apple - what’s not to like?
50ml Bushmills 10 Year Old
75ml dry cider
25ml pressed apple juice
1. Pour 50ml Bushmills 10 Year Old into a highball glass.
2. Add 75ml dry cider.
3. Top with 30ml soda and 25ml pressed apple juice.
4. Add cubed ice and garnish with a wedge of apple on the edge of the glass.