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3 Irish whiskey cocktails to up your at-home bartending game

Because whiskey’s not just for drinking neat...

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Take your love of whiskey to the next level with these easy-to-make cocktails.

When it comes to your bar cart, odds are that your vodkas, gins and rums are seeing the most cocktail shaker action while our bottles of Irish whiskey sit and watch patiently for their day in the sun. See, when it comes to whiskey, many of us are purists and can only enjoy whiskey three ways—in this exact order: neat, with a splash of water, and on the rocks. But why shouldn't this popular brown spirit be enjoyed in a perfectly mixed concoction of juice, soda water and ginger ale - to name but a few possibilities. 

In actual fact, whiskey is very much the king of classic cocktails. Think Old Fashioned, Whiskey Sour, Manhattan or Julep. What's more, cocktails can be a great way for newcomers to find their way into the whisky world. A well-balanced drink can showcase the spirit’s versatility and complexity to those who may have been put off by the strength and powerful flavours of typical Irish whiskeys. 

So, with that in mind – and in honour of Irish Whiskey Day (which just so happens to be today!) – we tasked the expert mixologists at Bushmills and The Sexton to come up with three easy-to-make cocktails that each feature whiskey. 

And oh, did they deliver...

Bushmills Irish Orchard

This Irish Orchard cocktail brings a fruity fusion to the fore. The cider paired with pressed apple juice complements the fresh, zesty notes of Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt – the perfect cocktail for any single malt lover.

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Bushmills 10-Year-Old Single Malt
  • 75ml Dry Cider
  • 30ml Soda
  • 25ml Pressed Apple Juice
  • Wedge of apple to garnish
  • Ice (cubed)

Method:

1. Pour 50ml Bushmills 10 Year Old into a highball glass.

2. Add 75ml of 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.

The Sexton Bury The Hatchet

This refreshing Bury the Hatchet cocktail oozes bold flavour that you won’t forget. The lemon juice enhances the complex citrus notes of The Sexton Single Malt, while the hint of sugar complements the smooth honey finish of the spirit.

Ingredients:

  • 50ml The Sexton Single Malt
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 12.5ml Gomme (sugar syrup)
  • Soda water
  • 15ml Pedro Ximenez
  • Lemon twist to garnish
  • Ice (cubed)

Method:

1. Pour 50ml The Sexton Single Malt into a tall glass over cubed ice.

2. Add 25ml lemon juice and 12.5ml Gomme (sugar syrup).

3. Top with soda water and a Pedro Xiemenex float.

4. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

The Sexton Mourning, Noon & Night

In this deliciously simple Mourning, Noon & Night cocktail, the Campari and Sweet Vermouth truly complement the honeyed malt taste and mild sweetness of The Sexton Single Malt.

Ingredients:

  • 35ml The Sexton Single Malt
  • 25ml Sweet Vermouth
  • 25ml Campari
  • Lemon twist to garnish
  • Ice (cubed)

Method:

1. Pour 35ml The Sexton Single Malt, 25ml Sweet Vermouth and 25ml Campari into a mixing glass over ice and stir until chilled.

2. Strain into a fresh rocks glass over ice.

3. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

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