Irish Ale Cocktail Recipe

Irish Ale Cocktail Recipe

 The Spruce 

  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
191 Calories
0g Fat
15g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 191
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 0g
Calcium 25mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Whiskey and ginger beer are a natural pairing. Whiskey provides a basic sweetness that cuts through the spiciness of a good ginger beer and the two come together perfectly in this Irish Ale recipe. If you're a fan of ginger beer, this is a recipe you will want to try.

The Irish Ale Cocktail is a variation of two common cocktails, the Whiskey & Ginger (or Irish Buck) and the Moscow Mule. It is a simple whiskey highball to mix up and is a refreshing drink that is perfect for any occasion.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Irish Ale Cocktail Recipe
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  2. Pour the whiskey into a highball glass.

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  3. Squeeze the juice from all three lime wedges on top of the whiskey.

    Irish Ale Cocktail Recipe
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  4. Fill the glass with ice.

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  5. Top with ginger beer and stir well.

    Irish Ale Cocktail Recipe
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  6. Serve and enjoy!

    Irish Ale Cocktail Recipe
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  • The Irish Whiskey. There are a number of great Irish whiskeys that are perfect for an Irish Ale and there is really no need to mix your best whiskey into this cocktail. Reliable brands will do just fine here. If it is your go-to Irish whiskey, then use it in this recipe.
  • The Lime Juice. Adding a few squeezes of lime provides just enough acid to help marry the sweet and spicy notes in this cocktail. Fresh lime juice is, as always, recommended because many of the bottled options are either too sweet or too tart and will throw off that perfect balance that we are going for.
  • The Ginger Beer. There are many great ginger beers available as well. We owe many thanks to the recent renewed interest in the Moscow Mule because the options are becoming more numerous and easier to find. Jamaican ginger beers are known to have a captivating, poignant spice to them and they are always a favorite.

How Strong Is the Irish Ale?

As is the case with many highball drinks, the Irish Ale is a relatively tame cocktail. Though we do use a 2-ounce shot of whiskey here, the ginger beer and a full glass of ice make up most of the volume and bring it down to a smooth sipping strength.

If we were to use an 80-proof Irish whiskey in the exact proportions given in the recipe, then this Irish Ale would weigh in at a rather mild 13 percent ABV (26 proof).

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