Jameson Journal

7 Best Things To Mix With Whiskey

Want to know what to mix with Jameson? How long’s a piece of string… or Irish yarn?

Truth be told, whiskey is so versatile there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of ways to mix it into delicious drinks, starting with the simplest mixers of all – a splash of water or handful of ice.

Ready for our rundown of seven of the best mixers for whiskey? From tried and tested favorites the world over to bolder choices, local to the Philippines, it’s time to mix things up…

GINGER ALE OR GINGER BEER

GINGER ALE OR GINGER BEER

One of the most classic whiskey mixers is an ice cold refreshing ginger ale or ginger beer. Jameson Irish Whiskey and ginger ale make a perfect pairing, just add a zingy lime and you've got our signature serve.We call this a JGL.

A real thirst quencher, this simple summer cocktail couldn’t be easier to make. All you need is Jameson Irish Whiskey, ginger ale and a wedge of lime.

  • 50ml Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • Schweppes Ginger Ale
  • Large wedge of lime
  • Fill a high ball glass with ice
  • Pour in a shot of Jameson
  • Top up the glass with a good quality bottled ginger ale
  • Stir briefly to mix
  • Take a large wedge of lime, give it a squeeze and drop it into the glass

Ingredients

  • 50ml Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • Schweppes Ginger Ale
  • Large wedge of lime

How To Make

  • Fill a high ball glass with ice
  • Pour in a shot of Jameson
  • Top up the glass with a good quality bottled ginger ale
  • Stir briefly to mix
  • Take a large wedge of lime, give it a squeeze and drop it into the glass

Want to be among the first to try something new to the Philippines? Say hello to our fresh stout-based 'hoptail', Stout & Spiced, made with ginger ale and Jameson Stout Edition – that’s Jameson Whiskey, patiently finished in craft stout-seasoned barrels for 4 months.

Like to spice things up a bit? Try mixing your Jameson with ginger beer instead of ginger ale. Named after one Irish legend and made with another, The Irish Wolfhound features Jameson Black Barrel – triple distilled whiskey, finished in twice charred barrels, for a rich smooth taste.

For a delicious twist on the classic JGL, try our gorgeous summer cocktail, The Sour Bonder. Or what about The Midleton Mule, our take on the classic Moscow Mule, made with ginger beer and Jameson Irish Whiskey instead of vodka.

Looking for a simple ginger cocktail you can make in bulk for parties? A big punch bowl of Smithfield Grocer is a real crowd pleaser.

COFFEE

Stout Edition Irish Coffee

A bit of a no-brainer when it comes to what mixes well with Irish whiskey, bitter coffee and triple distilled, twice as smooth, one of a kind Jameson Irish Whiskey is a classic combination that’s hard to beat (unless you have any frothy whipped cream handy).

An innovative take on the classic Irish Coffee, the coffee and chocolatey flavors of our Stout Edition are the perfect match for the coffee in this cocktail. A modern classic.

  • 50ml Jameson Stout Edition
  • 15ml homemade demerara syrup
  • 90ml coffee
  • Lightly whipped cream
  • Grated nutmeg to garnish
  • For the demerara syrup, just add 250ml boiling water to 500g demerara sugar. Stir well to dissolve, bottle and refrigerate until cool. Done!
  • Add boiling water to your Irish Coffee Glass to pre-heat it
  • Discard the water
  • Add the Jameson, demerara syrup and coffee to the glass and stir gently
  • Top with lightly whipped cream and garnish with a little grated nutmeg

Ingredients

  • 50ml Jameson Stout Edition
  • 15ml homemade demerara syrup
  • 90ml coffee
  • Lightly whipped cream
  • Grated nutmeg to garnish

How To Make

  • For the demerara syrup, just add 250ml boiling water to 500g demerara sugar. Stir well to dissolve, bottle and refrigerate until cool. Done!
  • Add boiling water to your Irish Coffee Glass to pre-heat it
  • Discard the water
  • Add the Jameson, demerara syrup and coffee to the glass and stir gently
  • Top with lightly whipped cream and garnish with a little grated nutmeg

You can get your caffeine fix in other ways too of course. Try our original Irish Coffee, our Iced Coffee or our take on the classic espresso martini, The Grand Stretch… though not one after another or you’ll never get to sleep.

Coffee not your cup of tea? Earl Grey or Breakfast, tea and whiskey makes for a surprisingly refreshing combo – another tip top suggestion for what mixes well with Jameson whiskey.

Jazz up tea time with our fragrant Tea Time Express. For the perfect party drink, our Puranas Punch is sure to get you into the Irish spirit or why not honor a 200-year-old tradition with another of our summer cocktail brews, Cooper’s Tea.

VERMOUTH

Vermouth The Tipperary

Sweet vermouth and whiskey is another classic combination; one stand-out example being the Manhattan. For the next on our list of what goes well with whiskey, we’re traveling even further from the Philippines than New York and in completely the opposite direction.

Sure, it’s a long way to Tipperary, the county famous for the Rock of Cashel, breeding world class racehorses and being the birthplace of some of Ireland's finest musicians. But with a little imagination and equal parts Jameson Irish Whiskey, Chartreuse and Italian vermouth, you can be there in the twinkling of an eye.

  • 1 part Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1 part Chartreuse
  • 1 part Italian vermouth
  • Shake all the ingredients well in a mixing glass with ice
  • Fill a rocks glass with ice
  • Strain ingredients and serve

Ingredients

  • 1 part Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1 part Chartreuse
  • 1 part Italian vermouth

How To Make

  • Shake all the ingredients well in a mixing glass with ice
  • Fill a rocks glass with ice
  • Strain ingredients and serve

Like sweet vermouth? You might find Lillet Rouge to your taste too. Mixed with Jameson Irish Whiskey, this vermouth-style aperitif from Bordeaux in the south of France is one of just four ingredients in our Blood Rising.

Or what about its slightly drier cousin Lillet Blanc, one of the key ingredients in a Bow Street Collins, our spin on the classic Tom Collins and another refreshing long drink perfect for partying the day and night away.

CHAMPAGNE

Champagne Call Me Bubbles

Sticking with France, though further north, if you like your whiskey cocktails with lots of bubbles, try mixing Jameson with Champagne.

Zhuzh things up with this effervescent zingy beauty. Perfect for celebrations, appreciations or just brunch at the weekend.

  • 25ml Jameson Black Barrel
  • 30ml rhubarb liqueur
  • 10ml fresh lemon juice
  • Champagne
  • Mix the Jameson, rhubarb liqueur and lemon juice in a champagne flute
  • Top up with champagne

Ingredients

  • 25ml Jameson Black Barrel
  • 30ml rhubarb liqueur
  • 10ml fresh lemon juice
  • Champagne

How To Make

  • Mix the Jameson, rhubarb liqueur and lemon juice in a champagne flute
  • Top up with champagne

Another fizzy favorite, Not a Shamrock Shake combines Jameson Irish Whiskey with sparkling white wine. As green as the Emerald Isle itself and just as inviting, this one’s perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or any other day when the craic is flowing.

LEMONADE

Irish Lemonade

The hotter the day, the more refreshing the drink needs to be. No wonder everyone’s childhood favorite, lemonade, is such a popular summer mixer. Just be sure to use a good quality lemonade.

Looking for the perfect weekend cocktail with your favorite whiskey? Look no further than this Irish Lemonade. Made with lemonade AND ginger beer, it’s doubly delicious and refreshing.

  • 1 part Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 2 parts lemonade
  • 2 parts ginger beer
  • BittersLemon and fresh mint for garnish
  • Mix all the ingredients together in a pitcher or punch bowl
  • Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices and fresh mint

Ingredients

  • 1 part Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 2 parts lemonade
  • 2 parts ginger beer
  • BittersLemon and fresh mint for garnish

How To Make

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a pitcher or punch bowl
  • Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices and fresh mint

Do you know what else goes well with lemonade? Beer. And – new to the Filipino bar scene this summer – Jameson IPA Edition: your favorite Irish Whiskey finished in craft IPA barrels, for crisp hoppy notes.

Try a simple and refreshing Hops a Daisy or our innovative upgrade to the classic shandy, our Jameson IPA Shandy, both made with Jameson IPA Edition and lemonade.

TOMATO JUICE

Tomato Juice, The Bloody Molly

Lots of people ask what juice goes well with whiskey. Fruit juices, especially citrus ones like lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit, mix particularly well, but if you’re in the mood for a brunch cocktail, tomato is the go-to.

Meet the Bloody Molly – our take on the classic Bloody Mary, made with Jameson Irish Whiskey instead of vodka. Named in honor of Dublin’s most famous daughter – Molly Malone, a ‘colorful’ character from the era of John Jameson – this tomato juice cocktail is also one of your ‘five a day’.

  • 35ml Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 5ml dry sherry
  • 150ml tomato juice
  • 2 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ tsp celery salt
  • 1 twist of black pepper
  • 2 dashes tabasco
  • ½ tsp horseradish sauce
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • Celery, cherry tomato and cooked prawn for garnish
  • Hand-blend all the ingredients in a jug or bowl
  • Serve in a tall glass over ice
  • Garnish with the celery, tomato and prawn

Ingredients

  • 35ml Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 5ml dry sherry
  • 150ml tomato juice
  • 2 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ tsp celery salt
  • 1 twist of black pepper
  • 2 dashes tabasco
  • ½ tsp horseradish sauce
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • Celery, cherry tomato and cooked prawn for garnish

How To Make

  • Hand-blend all the ingredients in a jug or bowl
  • Serve in a tall glass over ice
  • Garnish with the celery, tomato and prawn

Brunch Time drinks sorted, what about food? Continuing the crustacean theme, may we suggest a plate of crispy ukoy, one of our favorite local shrimp appetizers. Looking for more foody inspiration? THESE 10 FILIPINO COCKTAIL APPETIZERS WILL RULE YOUR NEXT BOOZY BASH

LOCAL MIXERS

Local Mixer - East LA Shake

Keeping it local, if you want to add a little Filipino flair to your whiskey cocktail creations, we’ve just the thing.

Mango adds a refreshing summer twist to any drink, especially a mango whiskey sour. Or what about an East LA Shake.

The name may not be local, but this mildly spicy citrusy cocktail could have been made for Manila.

  • 1 part Jameson Black Barrel
  • ½ part mango juice
  • ½ part lime juice
  • ½ part homemade simple syrup
  • Lime and chili powder
  • Lime wedge for garnish
  • For the simple syrup, just add 1 part boiling water to 1 part sugar. Stir well to dissolve, bottle, and refrigerate until cool.
  • Add the Jameson, mango juice, lime juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker
  • Add ice and shake
  • Fine strain into a rocks glass
  • Top with a dusting of lime and chili powder
  • Garnish with a lime wedge

Ingredients

  • 1 part Jameson Black Barrel
  • ½ part mango juice
  • ½ part lime juice
  • ½ part homemade simple syrup
  • Lime and chili powder
  • Lime wedge for garnish

How To Make

  • For the simple syrup, just add 1 part boiling water to 1 part sugar. Stir well to dissolve, bottle, and refrigerate until cool.
  • Add the Jameson, mango juice, lime juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker
  • Add ice and shake
  • Fine strain into a rocks glass
  • Top with a dusting of lime and chili powder
  • Garnish with a lime wedge

Jackfruit is another option for a whiskey sour with local color. Just go easy on the simple syrup, since jackfruit is naturally sweet.

Fresh pineapple juice also adds a tropical twist to a whiskey cocktail. Or swap out the lemon and lime juice in a traditional recipe for calamansi juice. Plenty of local bartenders do.

Less citrusy, more sweet and nutty, a coconut highball made with Jameson Irish Whiskey mixed with buko juice has to be one of the simplest and most delicious Filipino-inspired cocktails. Or if you’re feeling a little (or maybe a lot) more adventurous, try mixing things up with Royal Tru soda, pandan or even durian fruit for a distinctly local flavor.

Experimenting is all part of the fun and every classic cocktail starts somewhere.