The Best Whiskey Cocktails for Spring Break

Recently we’ve noticed more and more fancy bars around the country sporting an Irish whiskey-based cocktail selection. But even as interest in cocktails with whiskey from the Emerald Isle grows, home recipes tend to begin and end with Jameson and Ginger.


Let’s get more ambitious with some new recipes for refreshing highballs, classic stirred drinks, and a chicory spin on Irish coffee.



  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass and fill with cracked ice. Stir well for 30 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a piece of orange or lemon peel if desired.



For the chicory-infused rye:

  • 6 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground chicory


For the coffee syrup:

  • 6 ounces strong coffee or espresso
  • 1 cup coffee plus 2 tablespoons demerara sugar


For the cocktail:

  • 1 ounce Irish whiskey
  • 1 ounce chicory-infused rye
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 ounce freshly squeezed juice from 1 orange
  • 3/4 ounce coffee syrup
  • 1/2 ounce egg white
  • 1/2 ounce soda
  • Garnish: freshly grated nutmeg


To make the chicory-infused rye: Mix rye and chicory in a glass jar, seal, and shake well. Let infuse overnight, then fine-strain and reseal.

To make the coffee syrup: Stir sugar into hot coffee until dissolved. Let cool before using.


To make the cocktail: Combine whiskey, chicory-infused rye, lemon juice, orange juice, coffee syrup and egg white in a mixing glass. Fill with ice; shake hard until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Pour into Irish coffee glass and top with soda. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and serve immediately.



  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • Ginger beer, chilled
  • Garnish: lime twist

Add whiskey and lime juice to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with lime twist.



  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 1 ounce Lillet Blanc
  • 1 teaspoon Cointreau
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Lemon peel, for garnish


Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir until well chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.



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