Unlike scotch, Irish whiskey has a more congenial reputation. Many people think that drinking scotch as a solitary experience by the fireplace. In contrast, Irish whiskey conjures images of a group of friends having a fun relaxed time.
It’s also more affordable, since you don’t have as many Irish whiskey collectors boosting the demand for excellent bottles. What’s great about it is that it’s also a terrific mixer, if you know what you’re doing. That’s especially true of Jameson. It’s the most popular Irish whiskey in the world for a reason.
To help with that, here are some terrific cocktails you can enjoy with your Jameson. While drinking it neat is always an option, these concoctions can allow your friends to enjoy a gentler introduction to Jameson Irish whiskey.
Jameson and Soda
Let’s start off with something simple, shall we? Whiskey and soda is a classic pairing, and that holds true with Jameson.
- Start with a tall glass and fill it with ice.
- Pour in about 50 ml of Jameson.
- Top the glass of with the soda of your choice. It can be a dark soda (Coke or RC Cola) or a clear soft drink like Sprite or 7-Up. You can even try it with Mountain Dew! The fun part is trying it with different sodas to find the combo you really enjoy. You can also experiment with how much soda you can add as well.
- Stir it just a bit, and it’s ready.
Whiskey sour is a classic drink, and it’s especially exceptional with Jameson. This particular recipe first came out more than 200 years ago back in the early 1800s, and it’s still a perfectly suitable way to enjoy Irish whiskey.
- Get a cocktail shake and fill it with ice.
- Pour in 50 ml of Jameson.
- Follow with 25 ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- Add 15 ml of sugar syrup.
- Put in 15 ml of egg white too.
- Finish with 3 dashes of bitters.
- Shake everything well.
- Strain it into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish the drink with a lemon twist and a cherry.
The Irish Cocktail
It’s not just an Irish cocktail, mind you. It’s the Irish cocktail. The recipe here first came out in the Harry Johnson’s Bartenders’ Manual way back in 1888. More than a century later, the drink still endures.
- Get a large mixing glass and fill it with ice.
- Pour in a hefty 60 ml of Jameson.
- Add 2 dashes of Pernod absinthe.
- Put in 2 dashes of curacao.
- Add a dash of maraschino liqueur.
- Also add a dash of Angostura bitters.
- Mix them all very well.
- Strain it into a chilled sherry glass.
- Flame a piece of orange peel and then squeeze the zest over the drink.
- Garnish the cocktail with an olive.
This cocktail first came out in New York, well before the Prohibition. It’s a fair bet that some folks were practicing civil disobedience by still drinking it even during the Prohibition era. In some ways, it’s similar to the Italian drink Negroni.
- Fill a mixing glass with ice.
- Add Jameson, Chartreuse, and Italian vermouth in equal amounts to the glass.
- Shake it well.
- Strain the drink into a rocks glass filled with ice.
Jameson, Ginger, and Lime
How come there’s no special name for this? Who’s to say? However, we can all agree that these 3 ingredients do go well together.
- Start off with a tall glass and fill it with ice cubes.
- Put in 50 ml of Jameson into the glass.
- Follow it up with Schweppes ginger ale or some other good quality ginger ale. The ratio should be about 3 parts ginger ale to 1 part Jameson.
- Stir it a bit so it mixes.
- Take a large wedge of lime and squeeze it into the drink. Then drop that wedge into the drink for good measure.
By the way, you have to keep in mind that you’re drinking an Irish drink. That means you have to toast by saying “Sláinte!” which you pronounce slawn-cha. Then afterwards you can all do silly Irish accents while you have U2, the Cranberries, Enya, and Sinead O’Connor playing in the background.