Classic Whiskey Ginger

Classic whiskey ginger recipe

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving (serves 1)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
175 Calories
0g Fat
20g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 serving (serves 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," a "Jameson and 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 the 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, very easy and relatively cheap. 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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Recipe Variations

  • Ginger ale is most common in these mixes though if you want to add a nice ginger kick to the mix, choose a spicy ginger beer instead. 
  • Bushmills' Irish Buck With Ginger Beer: Pour a shot of Bushmills Irish whiskey into a tall glass filled with ice and top with ginger beer and a lime wedge. A "buck" drink is defined as having 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 (An Irish buck is sometimes known as an Irish mule or whiskey mule). 


  • The Whiskey: Jameson or Bushmills are both great choices because they have a great flavor and are affordable, so you can feel good about using it in a tall highball. They are both great Irish whiskey picks to keep regularly stocked in the bar. Of course, you could switch the whiskeys with your favorite. A Jack and ginger using Jack Daniels is a popular bar order.
  • The Lime Juice: The fresh lime juice will make a much better whiskey ginger than bottled lime juices, which tend to be too sweet and too tart. This drink should only need the juice from about half a lime so the other half can either be used as a garnish or to make a drink for a friend.
  • Ginger Ale vs. Ginger Beer: The choice between ginger ale and ginger beer is going to be a matter of personal taste and you may find yourself in the mood for one or the other at different times. Both make a great whiskey ginger though ginger ale is often preferred because it has a softer ginger profile. If you are in the mood for a snappy drink, get a good ginger beer like those available from Q Drinks or Fever-Tree.

How Strong Is a Whiskey Ginger?

Either of these recipes creates a relatively tame drink, really no different than enjoying a John Collins or gin & tonic. An Irish buck weighs in at just around 14 percent ABV (28 proof) and a Jameson and ginger recipe is a mild 10 percent ABV (20 proof) if you include 4 ounces of ginger ale. Go ahead and enjoy the second round.