Learn how to make the best Irish Old Fashioned cocktail.
Ireland is home to many award winning whiskey brands that taste great when shaken into a classic Old Fashioned cocktail (with a twist!)
Prepare this Irish whiskey cocktail recipe for a festive holiday drink best enjoyed during the fall at Thanksgiving or winter during the holiday Christmas season. And don’t forget St. Patrick’s Day!
Our homemade Irish Old Fashioned features premium Irish Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth, Grand Marnier, Orange Bitters, Angostura Bitters and orange peel.
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Travel The World to Taste Whiskey
There’s no better way to familiarize yourself with the best Irish Old Fashioned cocktail recipe then by planning a vacation to visit the world’s best whiskey distilleries.
Some of the world’s most famous whiskey/whisky distilleries can be found in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The booming whiskey trend has also produced a high demand for premium whiskey produced by distilleries in Canada and America.
In Scotland we enjoyed a scenic road trip to the Isle of Islay, which is best known for its famous Islay Scotch whisky distilleries. If you’re looking to experience the best things to do on the Isle of Islay visit award-winning distilleries like Bruichladdich, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Ardbeg and Bowmore.
Fly over to Ireland and you’ll find plenty of fine whiskey produced by famous distilleries like Jamesons and Bushmills. There’s no better way to educate yourself about Irish Whiskey then by taking a tour of Jameson Distillery near Cork and Bushmills along the Causeway Coast. They’re both worth a day trip from Dublin.
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Best Irish Whiskey
Traditional Old Fashioned drinks are quick and easy to prepare. In our contemporary take on the classic cocktail we’ve included Irish Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth, Grand Marnier, Orange Bitters, Angostura Bitters and orange peel.
If it’s your first time making a homemade Irish Whiskey Old Fashioned you’ll want to sample a selection of bottles distilled on the Emerald Isle.
Our favourite Irish whiskies include:
- Jameson Irish Whiskey: The world’s most popular Irish whiskey brand. Expect smooth and toasty notes of malted barley with hints of sugar.
- Bushmills Original: The original bottling of this classic Irish whiskey, its lighter palette speaks of fresh berries and subtle vanilla notes that make it a perfect starting point for those who want to build their understanding of Irish whiskey.
- Tullamore D.E.W. Original: This blended Irish whiskey is a perennial favorite for its smooth finish and versatile, citrus-forward palette that makes it a perfect pick for fruitier cocktails like a classic sour.
- Redbreast: It’s velvety and fruity, and has just enough oak to add character and flavor without getting too woody. It’s rich, spicy and full of dried red fruit.
- Powers Gold Label: This heavier style of a blended Irish whiskey is great for all types of cocktails. Think honey, golden raisins, and hay.
- Green Spot: One the few single pot-stilled Irish whiskeys aged 7-10 years. The whiskey matures in a combination of new bourbon and refill bourbon casks as well as sherry casks.
- The Sexton: Produced from triple distilled 100% malted barley, and aged in former sherry butts. The dark hexagonal bottle featuring a spooky skeleton is our fave!
Best Bartender Tools & Cocktail Equipment
Before hosting a swanky Irish Old Fashioned cocktail soiree you’ll need to ensure you have the best bartender tools and cocktail equipment.
- Cocktail Kit: cocktail kits are the perfect gift for newbie mixology fans as they include basic bartender tools like a jigger, shaker and spoon.
- Cocktail Shaker: a bartenders best friend. Purchase a premium cocktail shaker to muddle or shake up your favourite pink gin cocktails.
- Cocktail Glassware: make sure your bar is stocked with a selection of unique glassware to show off your favourite cocktail creations.
- Hawthorne Strainer: this unique strainer features tightly wound coils and perforated holes. It keeps ice and other large ingredients like lime wedges in your cocktail shaker rather than in the glass.
- Bar Spoons: slender and long bar spoons are a must-have when stirring drinks.
- Bottle Opener: easily open bottles of beer or cider with the flick of your wrist or purchase a corkscrew for fine wine.
- Pouring Spout: once you’ve opened a new bottle of gin insert these affordable pourers to make cocktail assembly a breeze.
- Cutting Board: purchase a petite cutting board for your bar to slice garnishes or citrus wedges like lime, orange, lemon or grapefruit.
- Ice Bucket: chill bottles of gin quickly in an ice bucket or keep by the bar when muddling gin mixers into cool creations.
- Ice Crusher: fans of the Mint Julep love an ice crusher.
- Ice Cube Kit: we suggest purchasing a selection of ice cube trays. Silicone styles are our favourite as they’re easy to clean and are available in various shapes and sizes.
- Jigger: use a jigger to accurately measure spirits, juices, syrups and shrubs.
- Juicer: invest in an electronic juicer or buy an affordable hand-held to easily juice fresh citrus like lemons and limes.
- Muddler: fans of the Mojito love a sturdy muddler to mix mint and lime. Muddler’s are handy for any cocktail featuring ingredients that need a pounding like fresh herbs or citrus wedges.
- Citrus Peeler & Zester: adorn your craft cocktails with a thick citrus peel or finer ribbons of lime or lemon zest.
- Rimmer: Bloody Mary and Caesar lovers should outfit their bar with a handy rimmer for salting and sugaring glassware.
Irish Whiskey Old Fashioned Cocktail Ingredients
Our favourite Irish whiskey cocktail is made with the best fresh ingredients:
- Irish Whiskey: we suggest using Bushmills Original, Jameson or Green Spot.
- Sweet Vermouth: a small splash of Martini Rosso creates a well balanced libation.
- Grand Marnier: This elegant orange flavoured cognac offers a subtle citrus note and sweetness in the glass.
- Bitters: add a few dashes of bitters to round out your cocktail. We suggest Angostura Bitters and Orange Bitters.
- Orange Peel: use a vegetable peeler to shave fresh slices of orange peel to perfume and decorate the glass.
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Irish Old Fashioned Cocktail Tips
This Irish Whiskey Old Fashioned recipe is easy to make at home, ready to serve in under 10 minutes.
We love serving Whiskey Old Fashioned cocktails in the fall and winter months as they do a great job at warming you up on a cold day! The recipe is a real crowd pleaser at holiday parties and Thanksgiving dinner.
If you’re hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party, feel free to add a few drops of green food colouring to make the cocktail extra festive.
Our Irish Whiskey Old Fashioned recipe serves one person. If you’re hosting a large gathering feel free to multiply the ingredients by the number of guests and muddle the drink in a punch bowl or jug rather than a cocktail shaker.
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Irish Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail Recipe
Irish Whiskey Old Fashioned Cocktail
- Cocktail Shaker
- Shot Glass
- Rocks glass
- vegetable peeler
- 2 oz Irish Whiskey
- 0.5 oz Martini Rosso Vermouth
- 0.5 oz Grand Marnier
- 2 dashs Orange Bitters
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
- Orange Peel
- In a cocktail shaker, add 2 ice cubes, Irish whiskey, Vermouth, Grand Marnier and bitters.
- Shake contents of the cocktail shaker for 45 seconds – 1 minute. Pour contents of the cocktail shaker into a rocks glass.
- Garnish Irish Whiskey Old Fashioned Cocktail with a slice of orange peel.
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