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Whiskey Cocktail Recipes to Perfect Before St. Patrick's Day

Mar 1 2013 - 4:25am

With St. Patrick's Day approaching in just a few weeks, now's the time to practice these tasty cocktail recipes with your favorite Irish whiskey! Whether you're into dry, bitter drinks or sweeter sips, we've rounded up a variety of refreshing options to suit your taste. Prepping for holiday celebrations or planning your own? Go beyond the classic Guinness options, and take a look at these creative whiskey cocktail recipes!

Manhattan on the Rocks

Sweet vermouth, a dash of Angostura bitters, plus — of course — a maraschino cherry on top make this Manhattan on the rocks recipe [1] a must have.

Irish Coffee

For a classic Irish coffee recipe [2], look no further than this tutorial from the place where the drink originated: San Francisco's Buena Vista Cafe.

Vieux Carré

Like an amped-up Manhattan, this Vieux Carré recipe [3] features Cognac, sweet vermouth, plus Angostura Bitters and Peychaud's Bitters.


For a taste of New Orleans, try this classic Sazerac recipe [4] with Peychaud's Bitters, Pernod Absinthe, a sugar cube, and a lemon peel.

Irish Whiskey Highball

With just two ingredients — whiskey and ginger ale — this Irish Whiskey Highball recipe [5] couldn't be simpler.


Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, maple syrup, and grenadine sweeten up this Easterner cocktail recipe [6].

Whiskey Lemonade

This whiskey lemonade recipe [7] with fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and lemon zest hits all the right sweet-and-sour notes.

Pumpkin Irish Coffee

The pumpkin pie cream liqueur in this pumpkin Irish coffee recipe [8] gives classic Irish coffee a unique twist.

Mashed Old Fashioned

Ginger ale, a dash of bitters, and a slice of blood orange bring an East Coast spin to this mashed Old Fashioned recipe [9].

Improved Whiskey Sour

This Improved Whiskey Sour recipe [10] features two sweet add-ins: honey and Meyer lemon juice.

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