This Irish Lemonade recipe is a refreshing whiskey cocktail that's easy to make and absolutely delicious. So ditch the green beers and enjoy this whiskey lemonade recipe for your St. Patrick's Day festivities, or any day of the year!Jump to Recipe
I've never been a big drinker, but recently I've started enjoying a homemade cocktail here and there. I think that when it comes to booze, I like to control the alcohol content I'm getting, so setting up a home bar to enjoy a delicious cocktail or two seems like it's on the menu! This Irish Lemonade will be my first repeat drink. It's very easy to make, and the main ingredients are things I usually have around the house anyway.
This drink is obviously a nod to the Irish, but it's good any time of year, and it's especially refreshing on hot summer days. So grab some lemonade and your favorite Irish whiskey (or any whiskey - I wont tell) and let's make some drinks!
Other Drinks You'll Love
If this drink is up your alley, give this Cherry Lime Bourbon a try - it's delicious! If you're looking for something with a sweet flavor, these Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shots will hit the spot. And if you're trying to keep it dry, you can always make these Pina Colada mocktails.
This drink can be made a few different ways - this one just happens to be my favorite.
- Whiskey (Jameson whiskey is probably the best known Irish whiskey)
- Ginger Beer
- Simple Syrup
- Fresh Mint for garnish
- Fresh Lemon Slices for garnish
See the recipe card for full quantities
PRO-TIP: use store-bought lemonade for these - Simply Fresh is my favorite brand. But make the simple syrup yourself - it's easy to make, and keeps for a month in the fridge in an airtight container.
How To Make an Irish Whiskey Lemonade
- Fill a highball glass halfway with ice cubes
- Pour in whiskey
- Pour in simple syrup
- Pour in Ginger Beer
- Fill the glass the rest of the way with lemonade, and stir.
Garnish with mint and a lemon wedge, and enjoy!
Alterations and Substitutions
Instead of ginger beer, you could use club soda, ginger ale, tonic water, or even lemon-lime soda.
The beauty of this drink is in its simplicity. You don't even need a cocktail shaker! Just pour a handful of ice into a glass, pour in the ingredients, and stir. I use this cocktail spoon, and this jigger for measuring. Other than that, the only thing you need is a glass!
I used Maker's Mark to make these drinks (gotta rep Kentucky) but like I mentioned, Jameson is probably the best known Irish Whiskey. But you could use Jack Daniel Tennessee Whiskey, or Tullamore D.E.W.
Sure! Use your favorite lemonade here.
I wouldn't. The flavor of the maple syrup is pretty strong, and you really want the flavors of the whiskey and lemonade to shine through.
Red lemonade is a popular soft-drink type drink in Ireland. It's exact formula is a secret (not unlike Coca-Cola) but it's beloved in Ireland, and is often used as a drink mix-in.
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Irish Lemonade Recipe
- 2 ounces whiskey
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 3 ounces ginger beer
- mint to garnish
- lemon slices to garnish
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¾ cup water
- In a highball glass or regular drinking glass, fill the cup halfway up with ice. Add the whiskey, simple syrup, and ginger beer. Fill the cup the rest of the way up with lemonade (*the amount will vary based on how much ice you use and how big your cup is)
- Stir the drink to combine, and garnish with mint and lemon slices. Enjoy!
- In a small saucepan, stir together sugar and water over medium heat. Allow the syrup to boil gently for about 10 minutes. You know the syrup is done when it stays clear when you stir it. If the mixture is still cloudy when you stir it, give it another minute or two.
- Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature, and pour it into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 1 month.
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