While the name may evoke thoughts of St Patrick’s Day, Irish Lemonade Cocktail is one of our favorites in the summer.
Who doesn’t think of lemonade as one of the quintessential Irish beverages? No one? Well that might change with this Irish Lemonade Cocktail! I did have a brand ask me to feature their product and this time around I asked if they would provide me with a recipe, thinking they know best what works with their product.
I was right! Not sure I would have come up with combination and we absolutely loved it. The main difference between Irish whiskey and American whiskey are the ingredients. Irish whiskey has barley as the primary ingredient and American whiskey can be made from either corn, wheat, or rye.
As a result the taste of Irish whiskey is a lighter and less sweet flavor than it’s American counterpart. Adding it to a drink with a fair amount of citrus from both lemons and limes left it a bit too tart for me when I first made it with only 2 Tablespoons of simple syrup, so I had to punt.
I also decided to revise the recipe given to me by Tullamore Dew and replace sugar with simple syrup; it’s a guarantee that the sugar will mix with the other ingredients and it’s easy to make.
“Success comes not to those who desire it most, but to those who care deeply about what they do and feel compelled to create”
Tullamore D.E.W. is the original triple distilled, triple blend whiskey. Known the world over for its smooth and gentle complexity. Tullamore D.E.W. is named after Daniel E. Williams, the man who decided that true craft could only come from the true character and insisted that his whiskey was made accordingly.
The grandson of Daniel E. Williams, Desmond inherited his grandfather’s grit and determination. He followed his innovative footsteps by revolutionizing the whiskey industry and introducing Ireland’s first blended whiskey.
I have always enjoyed Irish whiskey, and I doubt it has anything to do with my tiny bit of heritage. More than likely it’s the fact it is a bit lighter. While I love making cocktails I’m not one that wants them to taste so heavily of the liquor that all other flavors are lost; we seriously enjoy this new addition to our bar.
This cocktail was simple and delicious; great for St. Patrick’s Day but I also look forward to summer sipping. The ingredients list is short and not fancy either, consisting of these ingredients (full recipe with instructions at bottom of page). Irish Lemonade Cocktail will require:
- Irish whiskey
- Lemon juice
- Lime juice
- Simple Syrup
- Grenadine – see my recipe for Homemade Grenadine; lightyears better than anything store-bought.
- Club Soda
- Ice and garnishes; for this cocktail a lime wedge and maraschino cherry
The Irish Lemonade Cocktail can easily be made by the pitcher too, add together everything but the club soda in a pitcher, chill, and simply pour cocktails when guests arrive and top them off with chilled club soda.
For a quick and dirty version…try using lemonade concentrate (prepared with the required amount of water) and sub out the lemons, limes, and simple syrup. While I do love the real deal, I had a friend here the other night and the quick and dirty was perfect for us; I had run out of lemons!
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Irish Lemonade Cocktail
- 4 oz Irish Whiskey
- 2 oz Lemon Juice
- 2 oz Lime Juice
- ¼ tsp Grenadine
- 3 Tbsp Simple Syrup
- Club Soda chilled
- Lime Wedges and Cherries
- Combine Irish whiskey, lemon juice, lime juice, grenadine and simple syrup to cocktail shaker and shake well. Add ice to shaker and shake until ice cold.
- Add crushed ice to serving glass and strain mix over.
- Top with club soda.
- Garnish with a cherry and lime wedge
Combine equal parts water with sugar (For this recipe I did a quarter cup of each) in a small saucepan, bring to a boil. Turn off heat and stir until all sugar is melted and combined with water. Chill before using in cocktails.