Lowder Specs

An Easy List of 178 (Modern) Classics to Know – 2016 Edition

Irish Whiskey


Irish whiskey is another spirit that is tragically under-represented in cocktailing. Popular Irish whiskies like Jameson or Bushmills are quite mild spirits that can often get lost in shaken cocktails. But that’s not to say that there aren’t delicious options for using these bottles. A well-made Irish whiskey cocktail is a soft, buttery, grassy, and all around delicious drink.

More and more, new distilleries are opening in Ireland and releasing new products to the market. We now have access to exciting and more robust Irish whiskies like Redbreast, Connemara, and Green Spot, and these whiskies are bringing a new world of possibilities for Irish whiskey cocktailing. Just be careful which bottles you’re picking up, though, as many of these new whiskies are priced for sipping, and so the resulting cocktails can be extremely expensive if you’re not paying attention.


Irish Shaken


1. Castle to Castle

a. 1.5 oz. Irish Whiskey

b. 1.5 oz. Fresh-pressed Apple Juice

c. .75 oz. Fresh Lemon

d. .5 oz. Honey Syrup (2:1)

i. Shake/Fine strain/Collins glass with ice/Basil sprig garnish


2. Irish Breakfast

a. 1.75 oz. Irish Whiskey

b. .5 oz. Fresh Lemon

c. .5 oz. Cointreau

d. Barspoon Orange Marmalade

i. Stir ingredients to dissolve marmalade/Shake/Fine strain/Coupe/Orange twist


3. Wild Eyed Rose

a. 2 oz. Irish Whiskey

b. .75 oz. Grenadine

c. .5 oz. Fresh Lemon

d. .5 oz. Fresh Lime

i. Shake/Fine strain/Coupe/Lime wheel


Irish Stirred


1. Blackthorn

a. 2.5 oz. Irish Whiskey

b. .5 oz. Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth

c. .25 oz. Demerara Syrup (1:1)

d. 3 dashes Angostura Bitters

i. Stir/Strain/Absinthe-rinsed large rocks glass/Large ice/Lemon expressed and discarded


2. Improved Whiskey Cocktail

a. 2 oz. Irish Whiskey

b. .25 oz. Demerara Syrup (1:1)

c. Barspoon Maraschino Liqueur

d. 2 Dashes Orange Bitters

e. 2 Dashes Absinthe

i. Build in large rocks glass/Large ice/Short stir/Lemon and Orange twists


3. Tipperary Cocktail

a. 1.5 oz. Irish Whiskey

b. 1.5 oz. Italian Rosso Vermouth

c. .25 oz. Green Chartreuse

d. 1 dash Angostura Bitters

e. 1 dash Aromatic Bitters

f. 1 dash Absinthe

i. Stir/Strain/Coupe/Lemon twist