If you're looking for a simple and sophisticated cocktail for St. Patrick's Day, this one is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It is refreshing and tasty, and only requires three ingredients: Irish whiskey, tonic water, and lemon. It is best with a premium tonic water like Q Tonic or Fever Tree and an Irish whiskey like Bushmills or Kilbeggan. If you want to add a touch of green for St. Patrick's Day, switch from a lemon twist to a lime wedge garnish.
Do not confuse this Irish whiskey cocktail with two other "leprechaun" beverages, the Lucky Leprechaun and Tropical Leprechaun. There is no Irish whiskey in either of them, and these rum-based drinks are both green in color from the melon liqueur and pineapple juice. The tropical version includes blue Curacao.
- 2 ounces Irish whiskey
- 6 ounces tonic water (approximately)
- Garnish: lemon twist
- Pour the Irish whiskey into a highball glass filled with ice.
- Top with tonic water.
- Garnish with a lemon twist.
More Irish Whiskey Cocktail Recipes
Irish whiskey may not be the first liquor you think of when planning to make a drink, but this spirit will surprise you—it is quite versatile and marries well with a variety of mixers. Of course, we're all familiar with an Irish coffee, the hot beverage of sugar, coffee, whiskey, and cream.
But there is also an Irish gold, a fruity and refreshing drink that combines Irish whiskey with peach schnapps, orange juice, and ginger ale. And to add a bit of zest to happy hour, why not try a zesty Irishman cocktail, proving that Irish whiskey can share the same glass as Drambuie, a Scotch whiskey-based liqueur. The triple sec, lemon juice, and ginger ale turn this pairing into an unusual but satisfying drink.
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