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Irish Whiskey Cocktail for St Patrick’s Day

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Last Updated on February 27, 2024 by Leah Hall

A perfect cocktail for a happy St. Patrick’s Day, this Irish whiskey cocktail is sure to please everyone not drinking green beer!


This Irish whiskey cocktail is the perfect fit for a St Patrick’s Day party! Rather than drinking green beer, let’s celebrate with some Irish whiskey drinks! Some of the most popular cocktails using Irish Whiskey are an Irish Old Fashioned, Irish Lemonade, Irish Sour, Irish Buck or an Irish Mule.


Feel free to use any Irish Whiskey in this, but we preferred Bushmills or Jameson in it. We added in some rich flavors from Port Wine, a whole egg, simple syrup and maple syrup for sweetness, and Angostura bitters. Then, added to the top of the drink to finish it, some creme de menthe or mint bitters.


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The mint flavor of the creme de menthe is a great addition to to the rich flavors and gives a freshness to the drink! This is a rich and decadent flip cocktail as an Irish Whiskey Cocktail!

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How to Make this Irish Whiskey Cocktail

This is a flip cocktail with a whole egg. This makes it creamy and rich, and doesn’t require dry shaking (no ice) like an egg white cocktail does. In this cake, you add the whole egg into the cocktail shaker along with the other ingredients and shake.


We do encourage you to use a double strain in this case, a Hawthorne strainer and a fine mesh strainer, though. This does help with the texture of the cocktail, because it may remove egg strands what may not have gotten shaken up. This is NOT a mixing glass cocktail, it HAS to be shaken.


Combine all ingredients except creme de menthe in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and double strain into a cocktail coupe. Finally, garnish the Irish drink with the 3 drops of creme de menthe.


Try a classic Irish Coffee, too! Or, Irish Whiskey Hand Pies!

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Ingredients Needed for the Irish Whiskey Cocktail

This great cocktail does have more than a few ingredients. But gives a great taste of Irish whiskey that we think coffee drinkers will love because of the flavor profile.

  • Irish Whiskey – this whiskey is solely a product of Ireland. Irish whiskey needs to be distilled in Ireland, made from a mash of malt and cereal grains. Irish pot still whiskey can only be distilled in pot stills within Ireland from a mash of cereal grains that are ordinarily grown in Ireland. So, Irish whiskey is typically distilled from unmalted barley, some may include malted barley. It is distilled three times in copper pot stills, some with continuous column stills. We used Tullamore D.E.W., but other options could be Jameson Irish whiskey or Bushmills.
  • Port Wine – the port wine adds a richness to the cocktail. You can use whatever you have, or some suggested brands would be: Fonseca, Portico, or Taylor.
  • Simple Syrup – for this ingredient, homemade is always best. It’s the cheapest and simplest option, too! Just a 1:1 measurement of sugar to water. Get our homemade simple syrup recipe!
  • Maple Syrup – yes, we used both regular simple syrup and maple syrup in this recipe. We loved the combination of flavors and didn’t want too much maple syrup in the drink.
  • Egg – yep, the whole egg. This is a flip cocktail which requires both the egg white and egg yolk. If you want it even richer you can add a dash of heavy cream, too.
  • Angostura Bitters – bitters helps cut sweetness and round out the drink. Not a few dashes Ango, just 1 drop!
  • Creme de Menthe – you don’t really get a lot of mint flavor from this ingredient. But, it adds just a hint of it in the cocktail, and really helps form the flavors of the Irish whiskey and port together! If you don’t have creme de menthe, you can try some dashes of bitters, mint bitters specifically.

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Tips & Tricks

  • Glassware – we used a stemmed glass for this recipe. But, a cocktail coupe would work great as well. This drink doesn’t need a rocks glass, as it is served “up” meaning without ice.
  • Garnish – we obviously just used the creme de menthe itself as a garnish. But, a fresh mint bunch would be great, an orange peel or a lemon twist to bring out the citrusy Irish whiskey. Or, espresso beans floated on top or make it a dessert cocktail with fresh whipped cream on top!
  • Sweetener – if you don’t want to use regular simple syrup in this recipe (plus the maple syrup) you can use demerara syrup. The demerara sugar syrup will give some of the same notes as the combo of the 2 previous. Or, you could try a brown sugar syrup, too.

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Types of Irish Whiskey

Make sure to check out the difference Scotch Whiskey has! But, make sure to check these out to see what you want to use for a classic whiskey cocktail. They all have different ways and different flavors to make some of the best Irish Whiskey cocktails.

  • Blended Irish Whiskey – Blends account for 90 percent of Irish whiskey production.
  • Single Malt Irish Whiskey – Made from 100 percent malted barley produced by a single distillery in pot stills.
  • Single Pot Still Whiskey – called a “pure pot still,” this whiskey is a blend of both malted and unmalted barley distilled in a pot still. Unique to Ireland.
  • Poitin: This is Irish moonshine, because the distilled spirit doesn’t meet the age requirement to be labeled Irish whiskey. Similar to American moonshine, it’s a new spirit that has seen little to no time in barrel.

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So now that you have learned a little about Irish Whiskey, we hope you make this rich and flavorful Irish Whiskey Cocktail for St Patrick’s Day! Try out our St Patrick’s Day Vodka Drinks, Irish Coffee or Irish Cream Cocktail Recipes, too!




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Yield: 1

Irish Whiskey Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

An Irish Whiskey cocktail alternative to green beer on St. Patrick's Day! This creamy and delicious cocktail is one of our favorite drinks.


  • 1.50 ounce Irish Whiskey
  • .75 ounce port wine
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 drop Angostura bitters
  • 3 drops creme de menthe liqueur, or mint bitters, for garnish


Chill a cocktail coupe by placing ice cubes in it while you are prepping the drink. Dump the ice out right before you pour the drink in.

Put the whiskey, port wine, maple syrup, simple syrup and egg into your shaker.  Dry shake without ice about 30 seconds. Then, fill the shaker about 3/4 full of ice cubes.

Shake vigorously for 1 minute. 

Strain into your glass and place 3 drops of the creme de menthe on top to garnish.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 216Total Fat: 4.4gSaturated Fat: 1.4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 164mgSodium: 68mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 4.5gSugar: 5.6gProtein: 0g

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