Classic Whiskey Ginger

Classic whiskey ginger recipe

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving
  • Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
175 Calories
0g Fat
20g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 175
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 11mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 0g
Calcium 26mg 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.)

Call it a "whiskey ginger" or an "Irish buck," they are essentially the same great drink. The basic but delicious cocktail contains Irish whiskey and ginger ale to create a tall, refreshing drink, much like the leprechaun or classic highball.

The combination of any whiskey with any light soda is hard to beat. These drinks are easy to mix up at a moment's notice, they are budget-friendly and, quite simply, a perfect flavor combination. If you are seeking an easy way to casually enjoy your favorite Irish whiskey, then whip up a whiskey ginger.

Whiskey and ginger ale is a semi-sweet, tall drink that is pleasant. The lime squeeze is essential as it is that finishing touch that marries the whiskey and soda perfectly.


Watch Now: The Jameson and Ginger Recipe


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for Irish whiskey and ginger ale
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  2. Pour the whiskey into a highball glass filled with ice.

    Pour the whiskey into a highball glass
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  3. Fill with ginger ale.

    Fill glass with ginger ale
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  4. Squeeze a lime wedge over the drink and drop it in.

    Squeeze a lime
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  5. Stir.

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  6. Serve and enjoy!

    Irish whiskey and ginger ale
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  • Any brand of Irish whiskey works in the whiskey ginger. Bushmills is a popular option and it's often called a Jameson and ginger when Jameson Irish whiskey is poured.
  • Pour more or less ginger ale to fit your taste and the size of the glass.

Recipe Variations

  • Ginger ale is most common in the whiskey ginger because it has a softer ginger profile. If you want to add a nice ginger kick to the mix, choose a spicy ginger beer instead. 
  • A lemon-lime soda is also a perfect match for Irish whiskey.

How Strong Is a Whiskey Ginger?

As with any highball mixed drink, this is a relatively light drink. The final strength will depend on how much soda you pour, though it averages out at a mild 10 percent ABV (20 proof). That's about the same as drinking a glass of wine.

What Is an Irish Buck?

A "buck" drink is defined as including a base spirit, ginger ale or ginger beer, and citrus (generally in the form of a lime squeeze). The dark and stormy and Moscow mule are both classic examples of the buck family; the Irish buck uses Irish whiskey and is sometimes known as an Irish mule or whiskey mule.