cocktail friend: when irish whiskey wins

Drinks served on St. Patrick’s Day are usually green-dyed beer and maybe wine. You can’t really even just honor Ireland by drinking an Irish wine since there’s very little grape growing there, although there are a few vineyards and producers which are mostly in Country Cork. But let’s face it – no one in the US is drinking it. It’s all about beer and whiskey (Irish whiskey sales were up 17.5% last year), and I’ll always choose the latter. But as we know from Whiskey Week, Irish whiskey is my least favorite. So if I get a bottle, the perfect thing to do with it is mix it into a cocktail! Here are two good ones. Dye green if you must…

bushmills irish honey smash


  • 1.5 oz of Bushmills Irish Honey
  • 2-3 mint leaves
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 2 lemon slices
  • 1 oz water

Muddle the lemon, mint, water, and simple syrup in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add Bushmills, shake, and strain into a glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish w/ a sprig of mint and serve.

honey, i’m home


  • 1.5 oz. Bushmills Irish Honey
  • lemon wedge
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • ginger beer

Add Bushmills, bitters and ginger beer. Shake, stir and strain over ice.


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