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JG&L, BEST ENJOYED WITH FRIENDS

Be it the familiar clink of ice for garden sundowners, the tangy zest of lime as it’s squeezed, or the seasonal ‘collecting’ of all your friends’ sunglasses, the markers all point to the fact that Summer is here and this year, it’s all about Jameson, Ginger and Summertime. We know the ingredients for the best summer days is simple. Hazy sun, lazy fun, pals and Jameson Ginger and Lime. Sound like your cup of sunshine? Then read on and be ready to raise a JGL with your BFFs on International Friendship Day on 30th of July.

We hope you enjoy your Summer with Jameson as much as we do, warm days, cold drinks, fun times with the fondest friends.

OOO MESSAGES

Close the virtual office door tight behind you with our special Out of Office’s so you can kick back and enjoy the Jameson Summertime.
Select your OOO Message below & Copy an image to pair with your note!

Thanks for the mail, unfortunately, I am OOO, and will be squeezing the best out of the Summertime with sunshine, friends and Jameson, Ginger, and Lime.

If you require some immediate assistance please reprioritise, grab some friends and make Jameson, Ginger and Lime’s while the sun shines!

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Hey thanks for the mail but not here right now, the sun is shining so I’ve made an executive decision to take a half-day.

If you need any advice - mine would be to step away from the desk, text some colleagues, a few Jameson Cold Brew and Cola, and WFB (Work from Bar) for the rest of the day!

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Thanks for the mail but due to the current sunshine situation I’m OOO.

If you really need us just search the hashtag #bestbeergardenintown. We’ll be the ones with the Jameson Caskmates IPA and Tonic. Bring friends - the more the merrier!

SUMMERTIME PLAYLIST

We’ve got you covered from sunrise to sundown this Summer helping you make the most of time with pals. Align your plans and make sure everyone’s on the same page with the Summer Sorter Filter. Fill the garden air with sweet summery sounds with our Summertime Spotify Playlist.

SUNNY SUMMER SERVES

And what about refreshments? We’ve curated a range of sunny summer serves to bring out your inner mixologist and refresh the smile right on your face. Make them for one, two or make a whole pitcher, our recipes are easy to scale up or down, keeping your vibes up, as you wind down.

SUMMER MERCH

This summer we’ve got the perfect bundles for you to get the party started with mates and soak up the sun. Whether it’s a meet up in the park or a back yard garden party – Jameson has got you covered!

Poet Belita Andre and Jameson join forces to ‘Mix Don’t Mingle’ 

At Jameson, we have always been supporters of culture and the hospitality industry. We work closely with our partners where Jameson is served to create authentic experiences where you can enjoy your Jameson responsibly in accordance with current protocols, which means wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing - the philosophies at the heart of our ‘Mix don’t Mingle’ campaign.

For this campaign we also collaborated with the poet Belita Andre while aiming to shine a light on South Africa’s hard-hit restaurant industry. Through our influencer partners and social media platforms we gave away dining experiences to three Johannesburg-based restaurants that have been impacted by Covid-19.

South African born, Andre is of Namibian and Nigerian descent, and her vast perspective on storytelling, history and art in literature saw her perform her poem Maker's Valley for the Duchess of Sussex on her 2019 tour of SA

Andre also teamed up with frequent Jameson collaborator and SAMA-winning rapper, Kwesta, to host a takeover show on Nights with Zweli on 947 where the duo performed a mash-up of Kwesta’s rap and Andre’s poetry.

Below find Belita Andre’s poem Stay Safe, the video can be seen on the Jameson SA Youtube channel.

Stay Safe
by Belita Andre

To walk out of a dream and sip on solitary light.
Settling cloth between us as a fabric wall.

The people speak in faces that shift,
content with the dancing caress of new minds.
Tugging at textures, and music, and time.
Loyal and vivid in it’s liquid strides.
So on the incessant question of survival,
regard your life as a lesson, not a rival.

when your chin grazes the belly of a cloud,
returning sight to the horizon,
do not cover the eyes that see,
Or make wound of the mouth that speaks
If your body calls for it…
Make room,
and breathe.

Other ways peek out to teach other,
and break bread in chambers of thought.
A road, clear, if you are willing
to gather and prevent the unseen war.

MIX, DON’T MINGLE

SAMA-winning and record-setting rapper and songwriter, Kwesta, will share the microphone with spoken word artist, Belita Andre on Thursday 25 March. The pair will do a mash-up of Kwesta’s rap and Andre’s poetry during Nights with Zweli on 947, with the studio live stream featured on the Jameson SA Youtube page from 7pm to 8pm.

The radio takeover is part of Jameson Irish Whiskey’s ‘Mix, don’t Mingle’ campaign which puts responsible behaviour centre-stage. “It’s great that brands assist the government to raise awareness and urge their consumers to stay safe and act responsibly,” Belita Andre commented. “I am very excited to share the poem I wrote, especially for this campaign, which highlights how important it is to stay safe during these times”.

To add weight to the public visibility of the campaign, Jameson has updated their billboards at three iconic sites around Johannesburg to be more COVID-19 compliant by putting face masks on their bottles - at Braamfontein (60 Juta street), Melrose Arch (next to the M1) and on the corner of Witkoppen & Main in Fourways.

“Jameson has always been a brand that connects people through culture and for the past year we’ve had to look for creative ways to engage with our loyal consumers and to support our partners,” said Beatrice Marfleet, Marketing Manager of Jameson and Irish Whiskey at Pernod Ricard SA.

According to Marfleet, 'Mix don’t Mingle’ is the natural next evolution of the digital campaign the brand ran with Kwesta and Glen Biderman-Pam in 2020: ‘Jameson Connects: The Stay Inn’ which showcased virtual performances, comedy and discussions. The Stay Inn essentially moved what Jameson consumers would have experienced on a night out, to the comfort of their own homes, accompanied by the bespoke offering of Jameson.

“Jameson will continue to bring consumers these great moments, but our priority now is to stay safe and at the same time do all we can to help the economy grow. We are all in this fight together, and the only way we can make a difference is to wear our masks when out in public, socially distance, drink responsibly and support local businesses.” Marfleet, explained, outlining everything the messaging behind ‘Mix don’t Mingle’ encompasses.

In line with ‘Mix don’t Mingle’ Jameson is spotlighting local businesses and giving away dining experiences to the value of R3 000 each at three of Johannesburg’s most popular restaurants: Dos Manos at Pablo House in Melville, The Royale in Craighall and The Great Dane in Braamfontein. Consumers can keep an eye out on Jameson’s social pages on how to enter this competition. There will also be more information on the Nights with Zweli show on 947 between 7pm to 8pm on Thursday, 25 March, which features Kwesta and Belita Andre. When you stay in, pour yourself the perfect Jameson Mix with a selection of surprising cocktail recipes.

Irish Whiskey is highly versatile and lends itself to a range of cocktails.

Since Jameson Irish Whiskey's conception in 1780, taste has always been at the heart of every sip it produces. And, while it stands alone so beautifully – either on the rocks, with a dash of water, or neat – it also lends to a range of delicious cocktails to suit every occasion. Whether you’re staying in, or heading out, try one of these mixes to stand out from the crowd, rather than to mingle. To help add some flavour to your day (and night), here is a handful – ranging from old classics to new twists – every whiskey drinker, whether aficionado or beginner should try.

For a pre lunch aperitif

Bloody Molly

According to history, this cocktail was named in honour of Dublin’s most famous daughter – Molly Malone, a ‘colourful’ character from the era of John Jameson. The Bloody Molly is an Irish Whisky take on the classic vodka drink, the Bloody Mary. The combination of tomato juice, sherry, tabasco and celery salt makes for a lovely pre-lunch starter.

  • 35ml of Jameson Original
  • 5ml of dry sherry
  • 150ml of tomato juice
  • 2 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ tsp of celery salt
  • 1 twist of black pepper
  • 2 dashes of tabasco
  • ½ tsp of horseradish sauce (or wasabi)
  • ½ tsp of sugar
  • Garnish with celery and tomato
  • Hand-blend 35ml Jameson Original, 5ml dry sherry, 150ml tomato juice, 2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce, ½ tsp of celery salt, 1 twist of black pepper, 2 dashes of tabasco, ½ tsp of horseradish sauce, ½ tsp of sugar in a jug or bowl.
  • Serve in a tall glass over ice.
  • Garnish with a piece of celery, a cooked prawn and a cherry tomato.

Ingredients

  • 35ml of Jameson Original
  • 5ml of dry sherry
  • 150ml of tomato juice
  • 2 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ tsp of celery salt
  • 1 twist of black pepper
  • 2 dashes of tabasco
  • ½ tsp of horseradish sauce (or wasabi)
  • ½ tsp of sugar
  • Garnish with celery and tomato

How To Make

  • Hand-blend 35ml Jameson Original, 5ml dry sherry, 150ml tomato juice, 2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce, ½ tsp of celery salt, 1 twist of black pepper, 2 dashes of tabasco, ½ tsp of horseradish sauce, ½ tsp of sugar in a jug or bowl.
  • Serve in a tall glass over ice.
  • Garnish with a piece of celery, a cooked prawn and a cherry tomato.
For an after lunch treat

ICED IRISH COFFEE

Irish coffee has a long and rich tradition. Indeed it is how many people are introduced to Irish Whiskey. The iced coffee version flips it on its head, so to speak and puts a refreshing spin on it, with the addition of Kahlua adding a rich silkiness. Do we need to go on?

  • 35ml Jameson
  • 15ml Kahlua
  • 30ml chilled espresso
  • 5-10ml sugar syrup
  • Combine 35ml Jameson Original, 15ml Kahlua, 30ml Espresso and 5-10ml sugar syrup (to taste).
  • Shake and serve on the rocks finished with a sprig of mint.

Ingredients

  • 35ml Jameson
  • 15ml Kahlua
  • 30ml chilled espresso
  • 5-10ml sugar syrup

How To Make

  • Combine 35ml Jameson Original, 15ml Kahlua, 30ml Espresso and 5-10ml sugar syrup (to taste).
  • Shake and serve on the rocks finished with a sprig of mint.
For a sunny afternoon

SMITHFIELD GROCER

The story goes that this cocktail was inspired by those rare occasions when the sun comes out in Ireland. Made with pomegranate (which is a hugely popular fruit on the stalls of Dublin’s historic Smithfield market) it's a flavour of summer that will be popular all year round. Originally made punch style in large volumes to be shared, the recipe can be easily adapted for single (or double) drinks too so that you keep playing the social distancing game and mix, don’t mingle .

  • ½ bottle of Jameson
  • 1 litre of pomegranate juice
  • 50g of chopped ginger
  • The zest and juice of 3 limes
  • 50g of sugar
  • 250ml of ginger beer Pomegranate seeds
  • Sliced limes
  • Combine 1 litre pomegranate juice, 50g chopped ginger, zest and juice of 3 limes and 50g sugar into a blender.
  • Blend everything up and sieve the mixture into a jug.
  • Add ½ bottle Jameson and 250ml ginger beer.
  • Serve in a short glass over ice.
  • Garnish with lime slices and pomegranate seeds

Ingredients

  • ½ bottle of Jameson
  • 1 litre of pomegranate juice
  • 50g of chopped ginger
  • The zest and juice of 3 limes
  • 50g of sugar
  • 250ml of ginger beer Pomegranate seeds
  • Sliced limes

How To Make

  • Combine 1 litre pomegranate juice, 50g chopped ginger, zest and juice of 3 limes and 50g sugar into a blender.
  • Blend everything up and sieve the mixture into a jug.
  • Add ½ bottle Jameson and 250ml ginger beer.
  • Serve in a short glass over ice.
  • Garnish with lime slices and pomegranate seeds
For sundowners

JAMESON, GINGER & LIME

This cocktail is a perfect accompaniment for a beautiful sunset. A simple whiskey drink, it’s a thirst quencher that couldn’t be easier to make, combining Jameson Irish Whiskey, with refreshing ginger ale and a little wedge of lime.

  • 50ml of Jameson
  • 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
  • Roughly 1 part Jameson to 3 parts ginger ale, all parts refreshing

Ingredients

  • 50ml of Jameson
  • 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
  • Roughly 1 part Jameson to 3 parts ginger ale, all parts refreshing
For after dinner

THE WHISKEY SOUR

The blend of Irish whiskey and lemon juice with egg white and bitters is the after dinner cocktail that’s really stood the test of time. Sounds complicated? Don’t be intimated to make it at home, it is far simpler than it reads and will be well worth the few minutes of prep. Make it with Jameson Select Reserve, for an additional level of spiciness, vanilla sweetness and sherry fruit.

  • 50ml of Jameson Select Reserve
  • 25ml of freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 15ml of sugar syrup
  • 15ml of egg white
  • 3 dashes of bitters
  • Cherry or a lemon/orange twist for garnish
  • Fill a shaker with ice
  • Add 50ml of Jameson Select Reserve
  • Add 25ml of freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • Add 15ml of sugar syrup
  • Add 15ml of egg white (separate yolk beforehand)
  • Add 3 dashes of sloe berry bitters
  • Shake and strain into a (chilled, ideally) cocktail glass
  • Garnish with a lemon or orange twist if you want to get really fancy

Ingredients

  • 50ml of Jameson Select Reserve
  • 25ml of freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 15ml of sugar syrup
  • 15ml of egg white
  • 3 dashes of bitters
  • Cherry or a lemon/orange twist for garnish

How To Make

  • Fill a shaker with ice
  • Add 50ml of Jameson Select Reserve
  • Add 25ml of freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • Add 15ml of sugar syrup
  • Add 15ml of egg white (separate yolk beforehand)
  • Add 3 dashes of sloe berry bitters
  • Shake and strain into a (chilled, ideally) cocktail glass
  • Garnish with a lemon or orange twist if you want to get really fancy

Move over wine and Champagne, the best new food and drink flavour partnership is whiskey.


Long gone are the days when wines alone accompanied a meal. You might find it surprising that the subtle depth of taste in Jameson Irish Whiskey could enhance the flavours of your meal. Whether it be meat, pizza, fish or fruit salad even, discerning whiskey drinkers have been pairing their meals with whiskey for decades. Whether building a pairing menu at home, or ordering a whiskey cocktail next time you dine out, the most important consideration is that the food and drink have to complement each other. One taste should never overpower the other.

Here is a sample menu to give you some idea of what is possible:

STARTERS: Charcuterie board with cured meats, cherries and cheeses
Whiskey Pairing: Jameson Irish Whiskey
Flavour notes: The smooth, spicy, nutty and vanilla notes of Jameson works brilliantly with the gamey flavours of the cured meats. Soft and delicate cows’ cheeses also work well with the light, smoothness of Jameson, while a bite of a cherry will beautifully enhance the fragrant hints of sherry.
Cocktail suggestion: Try it with Jameson Irish Whiskey on the rocks

MAINS: Hawaiian pizza or Shisa Nyama
Whiskey Pairing: Jameson Caskmates IPA
Flavour notes: Options, options, options. Did we mention you have options? The bright floral, crisp, citrus tones of Jameson Caskmates IPA (Jameson matured in Irish Pale Ale-seasoned barrels) will make a lovely compliment to an Hawaiian pizza’s sweet pineapple and salty ham. Then, whiskey and braaied meat is a tried and tested combination. Steaks with a slightly higher fat content go well with the delicate spicy tones of the Jameson Caskmates IPA edition.
Cocktail suggestion: If you’re having spicy Shisa Nyama try it with an IPA Shandy.

Dessert: Chocolate Mousse
Whiskey Pairing: Jameson Select Reserve
Flavour notes: Jameson Select Reserve is finished in bourbon barrels which feature an additional charring, this adds to the whiskey’s richness and complexity (hyperlink to science of taste). Sip on neat measure of Jameson Select Reserve while indulging in a dark chocolate mouse, or fondant. Or even simply a block of high quality milk chocolate. The whiskey’s nutty undertones and smooth vanilla sweetness will come to the fore after each bite. Sip whiskey first, then have a piece of chocolate…
Cocktail suggestion: Alternatively, make Jameson your dessert, with an Irish Coffee, or classic Whiskey Sour.

Mix it up next time you go out. No need to mingle to have some fun

These easy-to-mix drinks offer the whiskey drinker an insight into the versatilely of the various Jameson expressions. Order this mix next time you’re out, or make it yourself at home.

Black Gold

This rich mix of strong flavours brings out the darker side of Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition.

  • 40ml Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition
  • 20ml Kahlua
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • Build in a rocks glass over ice and stir gently
  • Garnish with a orange twist

Ingredients

  • 40ml Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition
  • 20ml Kahlua
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters

How To Make

  • Build in a rocks glass over ice and stir gently
  • Garnish with a orange twist
Jameson Caskmates Stout, Soda & Orange

In this Irish twist of a Scottish classic the Orange flavour elevates the subtle touch of hops and cocoa beans from the beer cask finish in Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition.

  • 50ml Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition
  • Soda Water
  • Large wedge of orange
  • Ice cubes
  • Fill a high ball glass with ice cubes
  • Pour in a shot of Caskmates Stout
  • Top up the glass with a good quality soda water (roughly 1 part Jameson to 3 parts soda)
    Stir briefly to mix
  • Take a large wedge of orange, give it a squeeze and drop it into the glass

Ingredients

  • 50ml Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition
  • Soda Water
  • Large wedge of orange
  • Ice cubes

How To Make

  • Fill a high ball glass with ice cubes
  • Pour in a shot of Caskmates Stout
  • Top up the glass with a good quality soda water (roughly 1 part Jameson to 3 parts soda)
    Stir briefly to mix
  • Take a large wedge of orange, give it a squeeze and drop it into the glass
Midleton Mule

For the fans of winter cocktails and like a nice Moscow Mule, the Midleton Mule – is our take on the classic vodka drink, with Jameson Irish Whiskey instead of vodka.

  • 50ml Jameson Select Reserve
  • 10 ml Lime Juice
  • 10 ml Ginger Syrup
  • 100ml Ginger beer
  • Wedge of lime
  • Fill a shaker with ice
  • Add 50ml of Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • Add 10ml of lime juice
  • Add 10ml of ginger syrup
  • Shake and strain into a copper mule mug
  • Add ice and fill up with 100ml ginger beer.
  • Add a flourish of green with a lime wedge.

Ingredients

  • 50ml Jameson Select Reserve
  • 10 ml Lime Juice
  • 10 ml Ginger Syrup
  • 100ml Ginger beer
  • Wedge of lime

How To Make

  • Fill a shaker with ice
  • Add 50ml of Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • Add 10ml of lime juice
  • Add 10ml of ginger syrup
  • Shake and strain into a copper mule mug
  • Add ice and fill up with 100ml ginger beer.
  • Add a flourish of green with a lime wedge.
IPA Shandy

This refreshing upgrade to the classic beer shandy, is perfect for a sunny South African afternoon.

  • 1 Wedge Grapefruit
  • Ice Cubes
  • 30 ml IPA Beer
  • 45 ml Jameson IPA Edition
  • 90 ml Lemonade
  • 15 ml Lemon Juice
  • Add all ingredients to a highball glass filled with ice and stir gentle.
  • Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

Ingredients

  • 1 Wedge Grapefruit
  • Ice Cubes
  • 30 ml IPA Beer
  • 45 ml Jameson IPA Edition
  • 90 ml Lemonade
  • 15 ml Lemon Juice

How To Make

  • Add all ingredients to a highball glass filled with ice and stir gentle.
  • Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.
Hot toddy

History is a little blurry on the exact origin of the ‘hot toddy’, some suggest that it was invented in Scotland in the 18th century, more likely though, ‘toddy’ was derived from the Hindi word ‘tārī’ which was a drink (served cold) made from the sap of the toddy palm.
What we do know is that somewhere along the line it made its way to the British Isles and evolved into a hot drink with a base of water, spirit and spice. This particular blend could help invigorate blood flow (through the cinnamon), while ginger stimulates the circulation (which could help aid digestion).

  • 60ml Jameson Select Reserve
  • 120ml hot water
  • 1tsp finely-chopped ginger
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1tsp honey
  • Pour the Jameson Select Reserve into a mug.
  • Add the honey.
  • Pour in the hot water over the spoon you used for the honey to get off the last little drops (traditionally this was done to prevent the glass serving mug from cracking).
  • Squeeze the lemon wedge and drop the wedge into the mug. Let the mixture steep for 5 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 60ml Jameson Select Reserve
  • 120ml hot water
  • 1tsp finely-chopped ginger
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1tsp honey

How To Make

  • Pour the Jameson Select Reserve into a mug.
  • Add the honey.
  • Pour in the hot water over the spoon you used for the honey to get off the last little drops (traditionally this was done to prevent the glass serving mug from cracking).
  • Squeeze the lemon wedge and drop the wedge into the mug. Let the mixture steep for 5 minutes.

How flavours work together with the various Jameson expressions

Flavours in whiskey come from various sources, including the barrels, various blends, the distillation process and the maturation time. It’s part science and part art.

Jameson Irish Whiskey is a blend of pot still and fine grain whiskeys. Which is then triple distilled to give it its signature smoothness. From there it is aged in oak casks for a minimum of 4 years.

UNDERSTANDING WHERE TASTE COMES FROM

Triple distillation
Distillation separates the alcohol from the water transforming it into spirit. Through experimentation, John Jameson decided on triple distillation to achieve the smooth, perfectly balanced whiskey he was after.

Pot still whiskey distillation
At the Midleton Distillery in Ireland a wide range of pot still whiskeys are produced to achieve the complex taste profile of all Jameson whiskeys. One of the characteristics of pot still whiskey is that it is full bodied. The new spirit from the pot stills goes into either Bourbon barrels or Sherry butts.

Grain whiskey distillation
Here a mixture of grains are used distilled in tall column stills. Again, the grains are triple distilled for flavour. The resulting whiskey has a fruity, floral and fragrant character. It is matured exclusively in Bourbon barrels.

Maturation
After distillation, the pot still and grain spirit - both at an ABV of 63.4% - is put into both sherry and bourbon oak barrels and stored in Jameson’s warehouses. A number of reactions take place during maturation, the most significant being how the whiskey starts to take on colour and flavour from the wood once put into the barrels.

The maturation process is where, for example, the Jameson Caskmates IPA edition gets its flavour. Jameson Original is matured in Irish Pale Ale-seasoned barrels and the end result is a whiskey with floral, herbal hops, grapefruit citrus notes on the nose and a taste of light citrus, sweet herbal notes and delicate spicy tones.

Explore the various tastes and versatility of the various Jameson Whiskey expressions by order a different type of cocktail next time you’re out, or try a whiskey and food pairing to really experience how the different whiskey flavours come alive.