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A blog about Jameson whiskey 

A window into the barrelhouses, distilleries and bottling shops that make up our world. Written by journalists, whiskey experts, bartenders and more.

Whether it’s to celebrate a special occasion, like a birthday, Father’s Day or a personal achievement, to express gratitude or to show appreciation, Filipinos love giving gifts.

With so many gift-giving opportunities to celebrate, it’s easy to run out of ideas. Never fear, Jameson’s here with seven of the best gifts for whiskey lovers.

From a great little gift they can keep in their pocket to a tour of their favorite distillery they’ll remember forever, we’ve got you covered.

Table of Contents

The best whiskey gifts you can buy:

‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎•‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎Hip flask

‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎•‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎Whiskey glass set

‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎•‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎Cocktail set

‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎•‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎Whiskey stones

‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎•‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎Jameson Trio Pack

‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎•‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎Bow St. distillery tour

Hip Flask

Whiskey hip flask gift

Let’s start with something small and practical; so small in fact, it’ll fit inside their pocket. One of the most popular whiskey gifts for men, a hip flask will remind them of you whenever they take a sip.

Love Jameson Irish Whiskey? Then they’re sure to appreciate a stunning 5oz silver-finish hip flask with the iconic Jameson logo etched onto it.


Top Tip! You can sometimes pick up a Jameson Hip Flask for free when you buy a promotional bottle of Jameson. Double the delight, since they’ll have some of their favorite Irish Whiskey to fill their flask!

Whiskey Glass Set 

whiskey glass set gift

Pairing a bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey with two Old Fashioned-style tumblers… now that’s a match made in heaven. Especially as a gift for the happy couple or to celebrate a wedding anniversary!


Better still, make it a personalized whiskey gift set by having their names or a special message engraved on the accompanying bottle.

Cocktail Set

cocktail set gift

One of the great things about whiskey – and for anyone buying a whiskey gift – is just how versatile it is. Whiskey can be enjoyed on its own, with a little water or ice, or in a mixed drink.

If they like cocktails – and who doesn’t – then a cocktail set makes a great gift. Get a ready-made set or build your own, choosing from the hundreds of cocktail shakers, jiggers, muddlers and more out there.


They’ll love experimenting with different techniques and ingredients. Before long, they’ll be making the perfect serve every time. Our 6 Easy Cocktails You Can Make at Home or at Parties is a good starting point.

Whiskey Stones
 

whiskey stone gift

“Shaken, not stirred” is one of James Bond’s most famous catchphrases. But what do you give the whisky enthusiast who likes their drink ‘chilled, not diluted’?

One of the more unusual whisky gifts, the answer is whiskey stones. Made from soapstone, stainless steel, granite or even Connemara Marble, once they’ve been in the freezer for a while, whiskey stones provide a nice chill to a glass of Jameson. Perfect on a hot Filipino summer’s night!

Unlike ice cubes, whiskey stones won’t water down their favorite tipple. And they’ll keep it colder for longer.

Jameson Trio Pack 

Jameson Trio Pack

The three-leaf clover, BLT sandwich, and now a Jameson Trio Pack. Good things come in threes!

If you’re looking for the best whiskey for a Christmas present, what could be better than a gift that lets them explore three expressions of their favorite Irish Whiskey.

Perfect for sharing with family and friends over the festivities, this Jameson Irish Whiskey Trio Pack includes:

‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎•‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ Triple distilled, twice as smooth, one of a kind Jameson Original 1L

‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎•‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ Jameson IPA Edition 50ml – finished in IPA beer barrels for floral, crisp, hoppy notes

‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎•‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ Jameson Stout Edition 50ml – patiently finished in Irish craft beer-seasoned barrels.

Bow St. Tour

Jameson Bow St. Tour

​​Want to know the very best gift you can give someone who loves their Irish Whiskey?

The ultimate gift, nothing beats visiting the birthplace of Irish whiskey in Dublin and enjoying the World’s Leading Distillery Tour.

In 1780 John Jameson threw open the doors of the Jameson Distillery Bow St. More than 240 years later, the doors are still open to friends old and new.

Treat that special someone to a fully guided distillery tour, premium whiskey tasting experience, the chance to master the craft of whiskey cocktail making or learn how to blend their own take-home whiskey. All in the beating heart of Dublin, Smithfield.

Give someone the ultimate gift of a Bow St. tour.

manila bartender sharing their secrets

Have you been mixing whiskey cocktails at home during the pandemic yet keep coming back to the classics? The whiskey sour, the Manhattan, and the Old Fashioned are some of the best-known cocktails in the world, but you don’t want to be limited by what’s familiar. Everyone goes for the classics — but not you, right?

We asked three Manila bartenders to share their favorite whiskey cocktails, both to mix things up a bit at home and to whet your appetite for a long-overdue night out with your mates.

Which one will be your favorite?

Errol Barosa, The Belle & Dragon

Errol Barosa

Kicking things off is Errol Barbosa, who has been bartending at Manilla’s The Belle & Dragon since 2017.


Errol’s favorite cocktail is a Passion Sour, his take on the classic Whiskey Sour. “For me, the Passion Sour is everyone's cocktail. Sourness, bitterness, sweetness, spices… it has it all”.

  • 60ml Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 22.5ml fresh lime juice
  • 22.5ml fresh lemon juice
  • 30ml passion fruit syrup
  • 30ml egg white
  • 3 drops of Angostura bitters
  • Salt and pepper for garnish
  • Fill a coupe glass with ice
  • Pour the Jameson into a cocktail shaker, followed by the lime juice, lemon juice, passion fruit syrup, and egg white
  • Dry shake for 10 seconds
  • Shake with ice for 10 seconds
  • Empty the ice from the coupe glass, salt, and pepper the rim
  • Double strain the cocktail into the glass
  • Add 3 drops of Angostura bitters, plus a pinch of pepper

Ingredients

  • 60ml Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 22.5ml fresh lime juice
  • 22.5ml fresh lemon juice
  • 30ml passion fruit syrup
  • 30ml egg white
  • 3 drops of Angostura bitters
  • Salt and pepper for garnish

How To Make

  • Fill a coupe glass with ice
  • Pour the Jameson into a cocktail shaker, followed by the lime juice, lemon juice, passion fruit syrup, and egg white
  • Dry shake for 10 seconds
  • Shake with ice for 10 seconds
  • Empty the ice from the coupe glass, salt, and pepper the rim
  • Double strain the cocktail into the glass
  • Add 3 drops of Angostura bitters, plus a pinch of pepper

A perfectly balanced whiskey cocktail, the Passion Sour is also easy to make at home. “Just don’t use too much lemon or lime”, says Errol. Otherwise, it might “overpower the other flavors, making the drink too sour”.

If you want to mix things up a bit, try Calamansi instead of lime and lemon, or a different type of fruit syrup for the sweet element.

Delicious. Where shall we go next?

Jay-ar Sapalleda, Pinks Hotel Bar

Jay-ar Sapalleda

Just 20 minutes across town is Pinks Hotel Bar, Shangri-La The Fort, BGC, Taguig.

Tucked away behind a discreet back door, Jay-ar Sapalleda has been bartending at this elusive speakeasy for six years.

A refreshing take on another classic drink, Jay-ar’s favorite whiskey cocktail is a Jameson Smash.

For this, all you need is Jameson Irish Whiskey, Disaronno, orgeat syrup and some basil leaves.

Simply muddle all the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker, add ice, shake and strain. Jay-ar’s top tip for his perfect Jameson Smash? “Only give it a mild shake, nothing too vigorous, because of the basil”.

If you’re re-creating this one at home and don’t have a muddler, don’t despair. Just use a wooden kitchen spoon instead.

Clayton Munar, Alibi Lounge and Bar

Clayton Munar

Last stop is the Alibi Lounge and Bar, a speakeasy secluded within the Crimson Hotel, in Filinvest City, Alabang.

Clayton Munar, who has been in the hospitality industry for 15 years, has been Bar Manager here since the Alibi Lounge opened in late 2021.

His favorite whiskey cocktail is one he used to make at the Buddha Bar, during the Dubai leg of his bartending journey, before coming home to the Philippines in 2015. Clayton’s creation combines Jameson Irish Whiskey, Crème de Cacao Blanc, and chocolate bitters served in an absinthe-rinsed rocks glass. Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?

“First, wash the rocks glass with absinthe, then keep in the fridge to chill. Next, stir the Jameson, Crème de Cacao Blanc and chocolate bitters in a mixing glass until well chilled. Strain the cocktail into the rocks glass and garnish with a chocolate coin.”

“If you want it boozier”, continues Clayton, “instead of just rinsing the glass with absinthe, add a barspoon or two while stirring the cocktail”. For those with a sweet tooth, increase the Crème de Cacao Blanc. “But I would not go overboard”, advises Clayton.

Cocktail making is all about experimenting and this is no exception. “I would definitely try it with Jameson Stout Edition because of its chocolate, coffee, and butterscotch notes, with a creamy finish. You can play around with the bitters too. Try it with mole bitters, orange or even firewater bitters if you’re into hot spicy flavors in your drinks”.\

Any last words for our try-at-home heroes? “Avoid over stirring or you’ll end up with a watered-down cocktail and nobody ever wants to drink that”. Top tips Clayton, thanks for your time.

Looking for more cocktail inspiration? Read our 6 Easy Cocktails You Can Make at Home or at Parties or browse all our whiskey cocktail recipes.

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.

Jameson, Ginger & Lime. 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).

Stout Edition Irish Coffee, 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.

Next on our list, The Tipperary. 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.

Irish Lemonade, the perfect weekend cocktail with your favorite whiskey. 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.

What’s the ‘correct’ way to drink whiskey? The good news is there isn’t one. “Neat”, with a splash of water, “on the rocks” or mixed in a cocktail… our advice to you is to enjoy whiskey however you like it best. So let’s discover that now, with a little help from some Jameson Tastemakers.

“Neat” or “Straight” 

DJ Ron Poe loves whiskey

Just the whiskey in a glass. Nothing else!

Purists will tell you this is the only way to drink whiskey, but with an alcohol content starting at 40% ABV (Alcohol by Volume) / 80% proof, a glass of neat whiskey isn’t for everyone. Or maybe not right now. But wait a few years…

DJ Ron Poe only ever used to drink his whiskey mixed with soda, but now likes to switch things up once in a while. "I started drinking whiskey on the rocks and sometimes neat,” says Poe. Small change, big impact.

With Water

Whiskey with water

If neat isn’t your thing, try adding a splash of water to your whiskey. Many aficionados do.

Why? Well, the addition of a few drops of H2O does two things.

First, it takes the edge off that high alcohol content, making the whiskey smoother and easier to drink.

A little water also brings out different flavors in the whiskey. Scientifically speaking (if you want to impress your mates), this is because the water releases water-repellent (hydrophobic) molecules in the spirit. Whatever the reason, water enhances some whiskeys.


“On the Rocks”

Whiskey on the rocks

Swap a few drops of water for a handful of ice cubes and you’ve got whiskey “on the rocks”.

Now, here’s one of the cool things about whiskey; people enjoy it in different ways, on different occasions.

DJ Ron Poe likes his Jameson Irish Whiskey two ways: “It really depends on my mood and where I am at. When I am at home and chilling in front of the TV, I usually drink my Jameson on the rocks. When I am DJing in a club or event, I have my Jameson mixed.”

The same goes for Leanne from Manila-based pop duo Leanne & Naara: “I prefer it mixed when I’m out, but I also like it on the rocks at home sometimes.” For Naara, “Jameson on the rocks is definitely my favorite.”

So what’s it like? The ice provides a nice chill to the drink of course – especially on a hot Filipino summer’s night – though it does numb your tastebuds a little too, so you’re maybe not getting the full effect. As the ice melts, it dilutes the whiskey, bringing out those different flavors again.

Like the chilling but not the diluting effect? Try a single, large, clear ice cube or sphere. This will melt slower than ordinary ice cubes and it looks pretty impressive too. Or ditch the ice altogether and go for chilled whiskey stones instead.

In a Mixed Drink 

whiskey in a mixed drink - A J Dimarucot

If you think whiskey should only be enjoyed by itself, think again.

Whiskey makes a great base for a mixed drink and there are loads to choose from. They don’t have to be complicated creations either. Far from it!

Just ask Manila-based graphic designer and creative entrepreneur A J Dimarucot. His go-to cocktail is the classic Jameson, Ginger & Lime: Jameson Irish Whiskey, ginger ale, a slice of lime, and lots of ice.

“I'm a huge fan of the JGL, ever since I learned how to make it. When there's no ginger ale available, I use Sprite instead, but prefer the ginger ale every time. I also use calamansi if lime isn't available.”

Naara is also a fan of simple, do-it-yourself mixes. Her favorite is the Irish Whiskey Highball: “It's perfect for every occasion, whether you want to chill at home or drink with your friends.” Leanne loves it with ginger ale: “The drink is so refreshing.”

For Ron Poe, “a simple Coke Zero or Diet Soda mixed with Jameson gets the job done” when he’s DJing. “I’m a simple guy,” says the DJ and tattoo artist. So he likes his Jameson mixed drink “plain and simple, nothing too complicated.”

If that sounds like your kind of thing too, read our 6 EASY COCKTAILS YOU CAN MAKE AT HOME OR AT PARTIES

Whiskey, Your Way

Drinking whiskey your way

So, how do you like your whiskey?

It’s a question more and more Filipinos are asking themselves, if A J Dimarucot’s experience is anything to go by. Introduced to whiskey in his mid-to-late 30s, “it's now the go-to drink for people in my circles. Whiskey appreciation is huge in my network of friends.”

There’s definitely no wrong way to drink whiskey. However, it certainly gets a lot better when you learn how to enjoy it.

It's cocktail time! Serve one of our favorites, Lumpiang Keso (pictured), cheese-filled crispy spring rolls.

A Saturday night with your friends, listening to new music and drinking smooth Irish whiskey. What could be better?

Some fantastic Filipino finger food to go with it. That’s what! Which is why we’re sharing our top 10 Filipino cocktail appetizers with you. From crunchy crackling, cheese-filled crispy spring rolls and shrimp fritters to soft and chewy rice cakes, morish mussels and munchable meatballs, there’s something for everyone.

Food and drink sorted; all you need is the music. May we suggest Jameson Connects. Coming to you direct from The Palace, Manila, the final installment in this three-part series features Curtismith and August Wahh. Just scroll on in on February 12th. You’re welcome.

Nilupak

First on our list and one of the easiest cocktail appetizer recipes you could wish for, this delicious Filipino delicacy is made from just four ingredients – cassava, condensed milk, butter and salt. Its name ‘nilupak’ means ‘mashed’. Which is exactly what it is!

  • 2 lbs cassava, peeled and cut into short lengths
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • Add the cassava and salt to a pot, cover with water and bring to the boil.
  • Continue to boil, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes until very tender, then remove from the pot.
  • Once cooled, remove and discard the tough core, then mash the cassava until smooth.
  • Combine the mashed cassava with the condensed milk and butter in a bowl and stir until creamy.
  • Scoop the mixture into greased molds or small bowls and serve on banana leaves with a topping of your choice.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs cassava, peeled and cut into short lengths
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup butter, softened

How To Make

  • Add the cassava and salt to a pot, cover with water and bring to the boil.
  • Continue to boil, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes until very tender, then remove from the pot.
  • Once cooled, remove and discard the tough core, then mash the cassava until smooth.
  • Combine the mashed cassava with the condensed milk and butter in a bowl and stir until creamy.
  • Scoop the mixture into greased molds or small bowls and serve on banana leaves with a topping of your choice.

Chicharon

Chicharon cocktail appetizer

Who doesn’t love crackling? Deep-fried to golden perfection, these crunchy pork rinds are an awesome cocktail appetizer. Sure, they take a while to prepare but the best things in life are worth waiting for, right?

  • 2 lbs pork rinds, cut into 2-inch pieces/lengths/strips
  • 1 ½ tablespoons whole peppercorn
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 8 dried bay leaves
  • 2 cups cooking oil
  • Boil some water in a cooking pot, then add the pork rinds, peppercorns, salt, bay leaves and bring back to the boil.
  • Lower the heat, cover and cook for a further 45 minutes or so until tender.
  • Remove the pork rinds and refrigerate until cool.
    In a 200˚F oven, bake the pork rinds in a single layer on a wire rack for 3 to 4 hours, until dry and brittle.
  • Heat the oil in a thick-bottomed pan. When hot, deep fry the dried pork rinds in batches until golden brown.
  • Drain on a wire rack and season with salt to taste.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs pork rinds, cut into 2-inch pieces/lengths/strips
  • 1 ½ tablespoons whole peppercorn
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 8 dried bay leaves
  • 2 cups cooking oil

How To Make

  • Boil some water in a cooking pot, then add the pork rinds, peppercorns, salt, bay leaves and bring back to the boil.
  • Lower the heat, cover and cook for a further 45 minutes or so until tender.
  • Remove the pork rinds and refrigerate until cool.
    In a 200˚F oven, bake the pork rinds in a single layer on a wire rack for 3 to 4 hours, until dry and brittle.
  • Heat the oil in a thick-bottomed pan. When hot, deep fry the dried pork rinds in batches until golden brown.
  • Drain on a wire rack and season with salt to taste.

Lumpiang Keso

Lumpiang Keso cocktail appetizer

Say ‘Keso’. These cheese-filled crispy spring rolls will put a smile on your and everyone else’s faces. Freezing the cheese first is a top tip as it stops these savory cocktail party appetizers from running away with themselves before they reach your plate.

  • 1 lb cheese of your choice
  • 12 spring roll/lumpia wrappers
  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • Cut the cheese into long, thin strips, then pop these in the freezer for around 20 minutes.
  • Separate the wrappers into individual sheets, then lay each one out in the shape of a diamond 🔶.
  • Place your chilled cheese across the middle of each wrapper, then fold the bottom of the wrapper over the filling to form a triangle.
  • Next, fold the sides of the wrapper inward and roll to form a log.
  • To seal, dab the remaining pointed edge with water. Tricky bit done!
  • Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • When hot, fry the spring rolls in batches for 1 to 2 minutes, until wonderful and crisp.
  • Drain on a wire rack and serve with a dipping sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb cheese of your choice
  • 12 spring roll/lumpia wrappers
  • 1 cup cooking oil

How To Make

  • Cut the cheese into long, thin strips, then pop these in the freezer for around 20 minutes.
  • Separate the wrappers into individual sheets, then lay each one out in the shape of a diamond 🔶.
  • Place your chilled cheese across the middle of each wrapper, then fold the bottom of the wrapper over the filling to form a triangle.
  • Next, fold the sides of the wrapper inward and roll to form a log.
  • To seal, dab the remaining pointed edge with water. Tricky bit done!
  • Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • When hot, fry the spring rolls in batches for 1 to 2 minutes, until wonderful and crisp.
  • Drain on a wire rack and serve with a dipping sauce.

Kutsinta

Kutsinta cocktail appetizer

Looking for a healthier cocktail snack? Soft, chewy and deliciously different, these sticky brown rice cakes are a native Filipino cocktail appetizer. Minimum effort with maximum reward. What’s not to like!

  • 1 ½ cup rice flour
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lye water
  • 2 teaspoons anatto seeds, soaked in 3 tablespoons water
  • Combine the flour and sugar in a bowl and mix together.
  • Gradually add water, continuing to mix until smooth.
  • Add the lye water, the anatto seeds with their water and continue mixing.
  • Scoop the mixture into greased molds and steam for around 40 minutes.
  • Allow to cool, then serve with grated coconut on top.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup rice flour
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lye water
  • 2 teaspoons anatto seeds, soaked in 3 tablespoons water

How To Make

  • Combine the flour and sugar in a bowl and mix together.
  • Gradually add water, continuing to mix until smooth.
  • Add the lye water, the anatto seeds with their water and continue mixing.
  • Scoop the mixture into greased molds and steam for around 40 minutes.
  • Allow to cool, then serve with grated coconut on top.

Baked Tahong 

Baked Tahong cocktail appetizer

One for the “seafood and eat it” diet, baked tahong combines three of our favorite things – mussels, garlic and cheese. Guess what? The sum really is greater than the parts.

  • 2 lbs mussels, cleaned
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 7 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup cheese, grated
  • Preheat your oven to 375˚F
  • Boil the mussels for around 10 minutes until the shells have opened (discarding any that don’t).
  • Meanwhile, mix the butter and garlic together in a small bowl.
  • When the mussels are ready, remove the extra shell and arrange the mussels on a baking tray.
  • Spoon a little of the butter and garlic mixture onto each mussel, then top with grated cheese.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 to 18 minutes, then transfer to a serving plate.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs mussels, cleaned
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 7 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup cheese, grated

How To Make

  • Preheat your oven to 375˚F
  • Boil the mussels for around 10 minutes until the shells have opened (discarding any that don’t).
  • Meanwhile, mix the butter and garlic together in a small bowl.
  • When the mussels are ready, remove the extra shell and arrange the mussels on a baking tray.
  • Spoon a little of the butter and garlic mixture onto each mussel, then top with grated cheese.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 to 18 minutes, then transfer to a serving plate.

Ukoy

Ukoy cocktail appetizer

Pimp your next boozy bash with shrimp. Made with whole small shrimps, mixed with bean sprouts in batter, and fried until crispy, this shrimp cocktail appetizer is a street food favorite. We all live on a street, don’t we?

  • 1 cup small shrimps, cleaned
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 ½ cups mung bean sprouts
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 raw egg
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 2 cups cooking oil
  • Combine the flour, cornstarch, water, baking powder, egg, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix until smooth.
  • Add your shrimps and mung bean sprouts to the mixture and gently stir.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan or skillet over medium-high heat.
  • When hot, scoop about 2 to 3 tablespoons of the mixture at a time into the oil and fry for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
  • Drain on paper towels, then serve hot, with spiced vinegar.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup small shrimps, cleaned
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 ½ cups mung bean sprouts
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 raw egg
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 2 cups cooking oil

How To Make

  • Combine the flour, cornstarch, water, baking powder, egg, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix until smooth.
  • Add your shrimps and mung bean sprouts to the mixture and gently stir.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan or skillet over medium-high heat.
  • When hot, scoop about 2 to 3 tablespoons of the mixture at a time into the oil and fry for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
  • Drain on paper towels, then serve hot, with spiced vinegar.

Kikiam

Kikiam cocktail appetizer
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • ½ lb shrimp, minced
  • 1 medium carrot, minced
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon five-spice powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch, diluted in 2 tablespoons of water
  • 6 bean curd sheets
  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • Combine the first nine ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  • Separate the wonton wrappers into individual sheets, then lay each one out in the shape of a diamond 🔶.
  • Place a teaspoon of the meat mixture in the middle of each wrapper, then moisten the edges with water.
  • Fold the bottom of the wrapper over the filling to form a triangle, then gently press the edges together to seal.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan.
  • When hot, fry your wontons in batches for about 3 to 5 minutes, until the filling is fully cooked and the wrapper turns golden and crisp.
  • Drain on a wire rack and serve hot, with a sweet and sour dipping sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • ½ lb shrimp, minced
  • 1 medium carrot, minced
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon five-spice powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch, diluted in 2 tablespoons of water
  • 6 bean curd sheets
  • 1 cup cooking oil

How To Make

  • Combine the first nine ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  • Separate the wonton wrappers into individual sheets, then lay each one out in the shape of a diamond 🔶.
  • Place a teaspoon of the meat mixture in the middle of each wrapper, then moisten the edges with water.
  • Fold the bottom of the wrapper over the filling to form a triangle, then gently press the edges together to seal.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan.
  • When hot, fry your wontons in batches for about 3 to 5 minutes, until the filling is fully cooked and the wrapper turns golden and crisp.
  • Drain on a wire rack and serve hot, with a sweet and sour dipping sauce.

Kwek-Kwek

Kwek-Kwek cocktail appetizer

Which Filipino cocktail appetizer is made from quail eggs, but sounds like a duck? Kwek-Kwek of course. Jokes aside, these deep-fried orange batter-covered quail eggs make a delish dish.

  • 12 to 18 boiled quail eggs, shell removed
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon anatto powder, diluted in warm water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups cooking oil
  • Roll the boiled quail eggs in the cornstarch and set aside.
  • Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  • Add the diluted anatto powder and mix well to form a batter.
  • Put the quail eggs in the batter and completely coat.
  • Heat the oil in a thick-bottomed pan. When hot, deep fry the quail eggs in batches until crispy.
  • Drain on paper towels and serve hot and crispy with vinegar dip.

Ingredients

  • 12 to 18 boiled quail eggs, shell removed
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon anatto powder, diluted in warm water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups cooking oil

How To Make

  • Roll the boiled quail eggs in the cornstarch and set aside.
  • Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  • Add the diluted anatto powder and mix well to form a batter.
  • Put the quail eggs in the batter and completely coat.
  • Heat the oil in a thick-bottomed pan. When hot, deep fry the quail eggs in batches until crispy.
  • Drain on paper towels and serve hot and crispy with vinegar dip.

Talong Bola Bola

Talong Bola Bola cocktail appetizer

The last on our list of easy cocktail appetizer recipes is a real crowd-pleaser. Made from a mixture of ground pork and eggplant, these munchable meatballs won’t break the bank either.

  • 2 Chinese eggplant
  • 6 oz ground pork
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 ½ cups cooking oil
  • Boil some water in a cooking pot. Add the eggplant, cover and continue to boil for a further 6 minutes until tender, then remove from the pot.
  • Once cooled, remove the skin from the eggplant and chop it into small pieces.
  • Combine the eggplant with the pork, onion, egg, flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix well.
  • Heat the oil in a cooking pot on low heat.
  • Roll a portion of the mixture in breadcrumbs, then deep fry for 8 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Drain on a wire rack and serve hot with a dipping sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2 Chinese eggplant
  • 6 oz ground pork
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 ½ cups cooking oil

How To Make

  • Boil some water in a cooking pot. Add the eggplant, cover and continue to boil for a further 6 minutes until tender, then remove from the pot.
  • Once cooled, remove the skin from the eggplant and chop it into small pieces.
  • Combine the eggplant with the pork, onion, egg, flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix well.
  • Heat the oil in a cooking pot on low heat.
  • Roll a portion of the mixture in breadcrumbs, then deep fry for 8 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Drain on a wire rack and serve hot with a dipping sauce.

Whiskey is whiskey, right? Wrong.

So how do you differentiate between different types of whiskey be it Irish, Scotch, American, and Japanese when they’re all distilled from grain, aged in oak barrels, and bottled at no less than 40% ABV (Alcohol by Volume) / 80% proof?

Simple! Read our guide to the main types of whiskey, how to tell them apart and what to expect from each. Then put it to the test.

First things first: is it whiskey or whisky? That depends on where it’s made. Whiskey if it’s the United States (mostly) or Ireland. Whisky – without an ‘e’ – if it’s Scotland or Japan.

Okay, let’s dive right in…

Irish Whiskey

Irish Whiskey 

Considered by many to be whiskey’s birthplace, Ireland is also home to several different kinds of whiskey.

These are either made from barley, maize/corn or a combination of the two. Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey and Single Malt Irish Whiskey, for example, are both made from 100% barley in pot stills, while Irish Grain Whiskey is generally made from maize/corn in column stills. Irish Blended Whiskey can be a mix of single pot still, malt and grain whiskeys.

The number three plays an important part in Irish whiskey production. It must be aged for at least three years in oak barrels, and it's also traditionally triple distilled.

It’s this triple distillation that gives Irish whiskey its famed smoothness. Because the malted barley is typically dried in a coal or gas-fired kiln, rather than smoked over peat, Irish whiskey tends not to have the smokiness often associated with Scotch whisky. Combined with its smoothness, this can make Irish whiskey easier to drink.

Scotch Whisky

Scotch Whisky 

Home to more distilleries than any other country, Scotland’s whiskies can be categorized by both type and region.

Single Malt Scotch Whisky, for example, which is made from 100% malted barley in pot stills at a single distillery, might also be a Speyside, Islay, Highland or Lowland Scotch, depending on where exactly it’s produced.

Though best known for its malt whisky, Scotland also produces grain whisky, made from mostly wheat or maize/corn, in column stills.

Whatever the ingredients or the region, the spirit must be aged for at least three years in oak casks and bottled at 40% ABV (80% proof) or higher.

Unlike bourbon, which must be aged in charred, new oak casks, Scotch is traditionally matured in barrels that have previously held either bourbon or sherry.

Flavor-wise, Scotch whiskies tend to be quite complex, with regional differences. Islay whisky tends to be smoky, for example, while Speysides can be fruity and Lowland Scotches sweet and light.

American Whiskey

American Whiskey 

Several different kinds of whiskey are made in the US, but the main ones are bourbon, Tennessee whiskey and rye.

The biggest amongst the three is bourbon. Bourbon must be made in the US, from at least 51% corn. The rest of the mash bill is made up of other grains, like rye, wheat and barley. Water is the only additive allowed, so no coloring, caramel or flavorings.

By law, bourbon must be aged in charred, new oak barrels. To be called ‘straight’ bourbon, it must be aged for a minimum of two years.

Unlike bourbon, which can be made anywhere in America, Tennessee whiskey can only be made in Tennessee, from 51-79% corn. Before aging, Tennessee whiskey must be filtered through maple charcoal chunks using what’s known as the Lincoln County Process.

Rye whiskey, as the name suggests, swaps out the corn for rye. Made from at least 51% rye grain, it can be made anywhere in the US.

As well as being aged in charred, new oak barrels, all three kinds of whiskey must be bottled at between 80 and 160 proof.

So what do they taste like? Corn is the most sugary whiskey ingredient, so bourbon and Tennessee whiskey both tend to be quite sweet. Tennessee whiskey, with its maple charcoal filtering technique, tends to be the sweeter of the two, as well as mellower. Rye whiskey has a spicier flavor and is less sweet. All three have an element of smokiness, thanks to the charred oak barrels used for aging.

Japanese Whisky

Japanese Whisky

A relative newcomer to the world of whiskey but has risen in popularity in recent years, Japanese whisky shares a lot in common with Scotch.

It too is mostly made from malted barley in pot stills. Grain whisky, made from wheat or corn along with some barley in column stills, makes up the rest.

The big difference between Japanese whisky and Scotch whisky is that while most distilleries in Scotland specialize in producing one specific style of Scotch, Japanese distilleries often produce a variety of different styles and tastes at the same distillery.

Aged in oak barrels, Japanese whiskies also tend to be complex but they’re very well balanced too.

American Whiskey Irish Whiskey Scotch Whisky Japanese Whisky




Where it’s Made

Bourbon:
United States

Tennessee whiskey:
State of Tennessee

Rye whiskey:
United States




Ireland




Scotland




Japan



Primary Grain

Bourbon:
corn

Tennessee whiskey: corn

Rye whiskey:
rye



Barley



Barley



Barley





Profile

Bourbon:
sweet & slightly smoky

Tennessee whiskey: mellow, sweet & smoky

Rye whiskey:
spicy & smoky




Smooth
&
approachable




Individual
&
complex




Complex
&
balanced

Discover the differences for yourself 

Got all that? Great. Now for the fun part. Why not put your newfound knowledge to the test at one of Jameson’s virtual tasting experiences?

Coming direct from our home to yours, a selection of whiskeys from the main regions, expert guidance and a little Irish craic of course are all provided.


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One of the biggest parties on the planet, St. Patrick’s Day commemorates the patron saint of Ireland who brought Christianity to its people in the 5th century. Celebrated in more countries than any other national festival, St. Paddy’s Day, as it’s also known, gets people partying every March 17th not just on the Emerald Isle, but in the rest of the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and right here in the Philippines.

Why the Philippines? Well, when you think about it, Filipinos share a lot in common with the Irish. Like a friendly, sociable nature, an appreciation of spending quality time together with family and friends over a drink or two, a love of partying of course, and a liking for good Irish whiskey. All things that St. Patrick’s Day is all about.So, who’s ready to party? We know we are. This St. Patrick’s Day, for the first time in what seems like a very long time, live events are back and you’re invited.

Join us for St. Patrick’s Day with Jameson at The Island in Manila for an epic line-up of music and entertainment, featuring Filipino music icon BAMBOO, FERN, August Wahh, pop duo Leanne & Naara and DJ Ron Poe, with Marga on the Mic.

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day at home or round at a mate’s? To get you in the Irish spirit, we bring you seven fun and delicious Saint Patrick’s Day cocktails that are easy to make at home. From signature serves and gloriously green creations to party punches and our twists on the classics, these simple St. Patrick’s drinks are perfect for Paddy’s Day.

Jameson, Ginger & Lime

Jameson, Ginger & Lime 

Headlining our list of St. Paddy’s Day drinks, the JGL is a real thirst quencher, perfect now that things are starting to heat up. This simple summer cocktail couldn’t be easier to make either. 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
The Irish Cocktail

The Irish Cocktail 

Of all the drinks to come out of Ireland, this is the only one known simply as “The Irish Cocktail”, so you know it’s good. This recipe first appeared in the 1888 edition of Harry Johnson’s celebrated Bartenders’ Manual, which means it’s got plenty of history too. A worthy addition to our Paddy’s Day cocktails collection.

  • 60ml Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 2 dashes Pernod Absinthe
  • 2 dashes curaҫao
  • 1 dash maraschino liqueur
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 olive for garnish
  • Fill a glass with ice
  • Add all the ingredients
  • Stir until ice cold
  • Strain into a chilled sherry glass
  • Flame a piece of orange peel and squeeze the zest over the cocktail
  • Garnish with an olive

Ingredients

  • 60ml Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 2 dashes Pernod Absinthe
  • 2 dashes curaҫao
  • 1 dash maraschino liqueur
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 olive for garnish

How To Make

  • Fill a glass with ice
  • Add all the ingredients
  • Stir until ice cold
  • Strain into a chilled sherry glass
  • Flame a piece of orange peel and squeeze the zest over the cocktail
  • Garnish with an olive
Not a Shamrock Shake

Not a Shamrock Shake 

Legend has it that St. Patrick used the three leaves of a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish. Third on our list, naturally, Not a Shamrock Shake is one for your collection of green St. Patrick’s Day drinks. As green as the Emerald Isle herself. And just as inviting!

  • 45ml Jameson
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • 30ml homemade simple syrup
  • 8 fresh basil leaves
  • 40ml sparkling white wine
  • For the simple syrup, just add 1 part boiling water to 1 part sugar. Stir well to dissolve, bottle and refrigerate until cool. Simple!
  • Lightly muddle 7 of the basil leaves in a cocktail shaker. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker or muddler, a Mason jar and wooden spoon will do just as well.
  • Add your Jameson, lemon juice, simple syrup, and shake with ice
  • Double strain into a chilled tall glass filled with ice
  • Top with sparkling white wine and garnish with the remaining basil leaf

Ingredients

  • 45ml Jameson
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • 30ml homemade simple syrup
  • 8 fresh basil leaves
  • 40ml sparkling white wine

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. Simple!
  • Lightly muddle 7 of the basil leaves in a cocktail shaker. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker or muddler, a Mason jar and wooden spoon will do just as well.
  • Add your Jameson, lemon juice, simple syrup, and shake with ice
  • Double strain into a chilled tall glass filled with ice
  • Top with sparkling white wine and garnish with the remaining basil leaf
Jameson Stout Edition & Soda

Jameson Stout Edition & Soda

Surely one of the simplest St. Patrick’s Day drink recipes, Jameson Stout Edition & Soda is a refreshing long drink, best enjoyed with good friends. See how well the orange wedge works with the chocolatey notes of the Stout, patiently finished in Irish craft beer-seasoned barrels.

  • Grab a glass and fill it with ice
  • Pour in the Jameson Stout Edition
  • Top up the glass with a good quality bottled soda water
  • Take an orange wedge and drop it into the glass
  • Drop in 2 dashes of Angostura bitters if it takes your fancy!

Ingredients

How To Make

  • Grab a glass and fill it with ice
  • Pour in the Jameson Stout Edition
  • Top up the glass with a good quality bottled soda water
  • Take an orange wedge and drop it into the glass
  • Drop in 2 dashes of Angostura bitters if it takes your fancy!
The Irish Wolfhound

The Irish Wolfhound

Hands down one of the most Irish drinks for St. Patrick’s Day, this cocktail is named after one Irish legend and made with another: triple distilled, twice charred, for a rich smooth taste, Jameson Black Barrel. Enjoy the whiskey's smooth sweetness of spice and vanilla mixed with grapefruit and ginger flavors.

  • 50ml Jameson Black Barrel
  • 50ml ginger beer
  • 20ml pink grapefruit juice
  • 10ml blackcurrant cordial
  • Smoked salt
  • Grapefruit half slices for garnish
  • Mix the Jameson, ginger beer, grapefruit juice and blackcurrant cordial in a glass, together with some ice
  • Garnish with a pair of grapefruit half slices
  • Dip a corner of one of the grapefruit slices in the smoked salt and drop it into the glass
  • For a Salty Wolfhound, add salt to the rim of the glass

Ingredients

  • 50ml Jameson Black Barrel
  • 50ml ginger beer
  • 20ml pink grapefruit juice
  • 10ml blackcurrant cordial
  • Smoked salt
  • Grapefruit half slices for garnish

How To Make

  • Mix the Jameson, ginger beer, grapefruit juice and blackcurrant cordial in a glass, together with some ice
  • Garnish with a pair of grapefruit half slices
  • Dip a corner of one of the grapefruit slices in the smoked salt and drop it into the glass
  • For a Salty Wolfhound, add salt to the rim of the glass
Puranas Punch

Puranas Punch

There’s no better way to get your St. Patrick’s Day party started than with a bowl of punch. Quick and easy to serve, leaving you more time to get into the Irish spirit!

  • 500ml Jameson
  • 200ml lemon juice
  • 200ml pear juice
  • 450ml breakfast tea
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 250ml homemade demerara syrup
  • Bay leaves and pear slices for garnish
  • For the breakfast tea, add 2 tea bags to 450ml of hot water and allow to infuse for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the tea bags and allow the tea to cool before adding to the punch
  • For the demerara syrup, just add 250g boiling water to 250g demerara sugar.
  • Stir well to dissolve, bottle, and refrigerate until cool. Done!
  • Add all the ingredients to a punch bowl with plenty of ice and stir
  • Serve in a chilled rocks glass over ice and garnish with a bay leaf and a pear slice

Ingredients

  • 500ml Jameson
  • 200ml lemon juice
  • 200ml pear juice
  • 450ml breakfast tea
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 250ml homemade demerara syrup
  • Bay leaves and pear slices for garnish

How To Make

  • For the breakfast tea, add 2 tea bags to 450ml of hot water and allow to infuse for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the tea bags and allow the tea to cool before adding to the punch
  • For the demerara syrup, just add 250g boiling water to 250g demerara sugar.
  • Stir well to dissolve, bottle, and refrigerate until cool. Done!
  • Add all the ingredients to a punch bowl with plenty of ice and stir
  • Serve in a chilled rocks glass over ice and garnish with a bay leaf and a pear slice
The Granny Smithfield

The Granny Smithfield

One of our tastiest summer cocktails, this delicious apple drink is named after the original home of Jameson Irish Whiskey in Dublin and the Granny Smith apples that make it so tasty. Serving 10-12 people, the last of our St. Patrick’s Day cocktail recipes use just a handful of simple ingredients. Even your Granny could make it!

  • 1 bottle of Jameson
  • 7 green apples, cored and sliced
  • Zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 200g sugar
  • 200ml boiling water
  • 1 liter sparkling water
  • Add 6 of the green apples, the zest and juice of the lemons, sugar and boiling water to a blender
  • Blend until smooth, then leave to sit for 1 hour
  • Sieve the mixture into a punch bowl
  • Add the Jameson, sparkling water, and stir
  • Serve in a short glass over ice and garnish with the remaining apple slices

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of Jameson
  • 7 green apples, cored and sliced
  • Zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 200g sugar
  • 200ml boiling water
  • 1 liter sparkling water

How To Make

  • Add 6 of the green apples, the zest and juice of the lemons, sugar and boiling water to a blender
  • Blend until smooth, then leave to sit for 1 hour
  • Sieve the mixture into a punch bowl
  • Add the Jameson, sparkling water, and stir
  • Serve in a short glass over ice and garnish with the remaining apple slices

Here’s a list of easy homemade cocktails impossible to get wrong. From summertime classics like the Jameson, Ginger & Lime to new favorites like the Cloudy Apple, the hardest part is figuring out which to try first.

Easy Cocktail #1 Jameson ginger and lime cocktail

Heading up our list of easy cocktails to make at home, the Jameson, Ginger & Lime is 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
Easy Cocktail #2 Jameson honey julep cocktail

All you have to do to create this cocktail is have your honey jar and some mint leaves handy. Just add a bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey and a tablespoon of honey to a glass rolled with mint leaves and filled with crushed ice and you’re done. And you thought making cocktails was complicated?

  • 50ml Jameson
  • 20ml Irish honey syrup
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • Mix one part honey with one part boiling water.
  • Lightly press and roll mint leaves along a derby glass.
  • Half fill glass with crushed ice and pour in half the liquid.
  • Place more crushed ice on top and pour in remaining liquid.
  • Garnish with mint sprig.

Ingredients

  • 50ml Jameson
  • 20ml Irish honey syrup
  • 8-10 mint leaves

How To Make

  • Mix one part honey with one part boiling water.
  • Lightly press and roll mint leaves along a derby glass.
  • Half fill glass with crushed ice and pour in half the liquid.
  • Place more crushed ice on top and pour in remaining liquid.
  • Garnish with mint sprig.
Easy Cocktail #3 Jameson stout soda cocktail

One of the easiest cocktails to make at home, Jameson Stout Edition & Soda is a refreshing long drink, best enjoyed with friends. See how well the orange wedge works with the chocolatey notes of the Stout, patiently finished in Irish craft beer-seasoned barrels.

  • 35.5ml Jameson Stout Edition
  • 100ml soda water
  • Orange wedge for garnish
  • Optional: 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Grab a glass and fill it with ice
  • Pour in the Jameson Stout Edition
  • Top up the glass with a good quality bottled soda water
  • Take an orange wedge and drop it into the glass
  • Drop in 2 dashes of Angostura bitters if it takes your fancy!

Ingredients

  • 35.5ml Jameson Stout Edition
  • 100ml soda water
  • Orange wedge for garnish
  • Optional: 2 dashes of Angostura bitters

How To Make

  • Grab a glass and fill it with ice
  • Pour in the Jameson Stout Edition
  • Top up the glass with a good quality bottled soda water
  • Take an orange wedge and drop it into the glass
  • Drop in 2 dashes of Angostura bitters if it takes your fancy!
Easy Cocktail #4 Jameson Old Fashioned cocktail

One of the first whiskey cocktails invented, the Old Fashioned is right up there when it comes to easy cocktails to make for a party. As well as standing the test of time, this delicious blend of Jameson Black Barrel, sugar syrup, Angostura bitters and orange bitters also delivers one helluva kick!

  • 2 parts Jameson Black Barrel
  • 0.75 parts sugar syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Orange slice for garnish
  • Fill a glass or jug with ice
  • Add all the ingredients
  • Stir until ice cold
  • Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass
  • Garnish with an orange slice

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Jameson Black Barrel
  • 0.75 parts sugar syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Orange slice for garnish

How To Make

  • Fill a glass or jug with ice
  • Add all the ingredients
  • Stir until ice cold
  • Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass
  • Garnish with an orange slice
Easy Cocktail #5 Jameson classic whiskey sour cocktail

You’ll be amazed how easy it is to master one of the most famous – and delicious – classic cocktails. Make it the traditional way with Jameson Irish Whiskey or try it instead with Jameson Black Barrel to get the added bonus of enhanced spiciness, vanilla sweetness and sherry fruit in what is already a very tasty cocktail.

  • 50ml Jameson Black Barrel
  • 3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 15 ml Egg White
  • Ice Cubes
  • 1 Spiral Lemon
  • 25 ml Lemon Juice
  • 15 ml Simple Syrup
  • Fill a shaker with ice
  • Add all the ingredients
  • Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  • Garnish with a cherry or lemon twist

Ingredients

  • 50ml Jameson Black Barrel
  • 3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 15 ml Egg White
  • Ice Cubes
  • 1 Spiral Lemon
  • 25 ml Lemon Juice
  • 15 ml Simple Syrup

How To Make

  • Fill a shaker with ice
  • Add all the ingredients
  • Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  • Garnish with a cherry or lemon twist
Easy Cocktail #6 Jameson cloudy apple cocktail

A full-bodied, sweet cocktail that embodies the love affair between Irish whiskey and apples. Did you know that apple trees were considered the noblest of all trees in early medieval Irish laws, with high punishment for those who damaged or cut them down for the wrong reasons? If loving the Cloudy Apple is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

  • 50ml Jameson Black Barrel
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 25ml sugar syrup
  • 10ml Creme de Mure
  • A dash of cloudy apple juice
  • Apple slice for garnish
  • Shake 50ml Jameson Black Barrel, 25ml lemon juice, sugar syrup and 10 ml Creme de Mure together in a shaker.
  • Pour over ice into a tumbler and top up with cloudy apple juice.
  • Garnish with an apple slice.

Ingredients

  • 50ml Jameson Black Barrel
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 25ml sugar syrup
  • 10ml Creme de Mure
  • A dash of cloudy apple juice
  • Apple slice for garnish

How To Make

  • Shake 50ml Jameson Black Barrel, 25ml lemon juice, sugar syrup and 10 ml Creme de Mure together in a shaker.
  • Pour over ice into a tumbler and top up with cloudy apple juice.
  • Garnish with an apple slice.