Cocktails follow trends – both fashion trends and seasonal trends. So what options are available for fans of Irish whiskey when it comes to summer?
And that’s when some interesting alternatives need to be added to the summer cocktail repertoire. The whisky sour is an obvious one – but perhaps too obvious. It’s a drink which is customarily made with two parts American bourbon, to one of lemon juice, a half part each of simple syrup and egg white for the trademark frothy top after all the ingredients are shaken together and served over ice, garnished with a maraschino cherry or an orange slice. There are some similarities between bourbon and Irish whiskey but the American spirit’s trademark caramel sweetness and nutty nuance is far more obvious and “in-your-face” than whiskey from the emerald isle. The result is a sour cocktail in which the lemon zip and tang is more pronounced.
60 ml Irish whiskey
15 ml peach schnapps
1 splash orange juice (freshly squeezed if possible)
120 to 150 ml ginger ale, to personal taste
Citrus slice to garnish – optional
Start with the whiskey in a highball glass, add the schnapps and orange juice before topping off with ginger ale and ice. The garnish is entirely optional.
(Once mixed, the alcoholic strength of the drink will be in the region of about 13% alcohol by volume – equivalent to that of wine.)
The Irish Smash is a twist on a Mint Julep, another famous American bourbon cocktail. It too involves muddling mint leaves to extract the bright, distinctive flavour before building the drink in a glass.
60 ml Irish whiskey
¼ lemon, sliced into two wedges
5 large mint leaves
30 ml simple syrup (made by mixing equal portions of dissolved sugar and water) or maple syrup
Soda water and crushed ice for serving (optional)
Put the lemon wedges and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker and muddle or crush to extract the flavour.
Add the whiskey and sugar syrup or maple syrup to the shaker and fill with ice.
Shake until suitably chilled and then strain into the glass of your choice.
If you’d like to dilute the drink slightly, top off with soda water to your taste, as well as crushed ice.
45 ml Tullamore D.E.W. whiskey
1 dash orange bitters
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice.
Stir and strain into a coupe glass.