If you’ve never had Irish Whiskey before, or you have but only indulged in it during a wild round of late-night shots with friends at a local Texas bar, it would probably blow your mind to learn just how versatile this spirit is. Sure, most people prefer to sip it neat rather than shoot it, but its smooth, balanced flavors make it a game-changer in the mixed drink world.
From incorporating Irish Whiskey into hot drinks to adding oomph to a refreshing cocktail sipper, there are more options than ever before. One cocktail, in particular, that you must try now is the Irish Blonde.
A bright mix of blended Irish Whiskey, orange curacao, fino sherry, and a dash of orange bitters, the Irish Blonde is the brain-child of renowned American bartender, author, and cocktail expert, Dale “King Cocktail” DeGroff. DeGroff is responsible for popularizing drinks such as the Cosmopolitan and unique twists like tangy Grapefruit Julep and the refreshing Yuzu Gimlet. The Irish Blonde is certainly no different and has quickly become a modern classic that’s perfect for celebrating everything from St. Patrick’s Day to tailgating before a big game or sitting on your outdoor patio under the cool breeze of a windmill ceiling fan from The Original Windmill Ceiling Fan Company.
And the best part about the Irish Blonde cocktail is that it is super easy to make. Here is the recipe:
2 ounces Michael Collins blended Irish whiskey
3/4 ounce orange curaçao
1/4 ounce La Ina fino sherry
One dash Regan’s Orange Bitters
Garnish: flamed orange peel
Simply add all of these ingredients to an ice-filled mixing glass, strain into a chilled glass, and then sip away!
You don’t have to look very far to find whiskey lovers. Not only are global spirit sales up across the board, but there are currently more than 20 countries producing whiskey (America and Ireland spelling) and whisky (Scotland, Canada, and Japan spelling) while offering over 500 different brands. And they all feature their own style, character, and flavor.
From light and fresh to bold and smoky, there’s a whiskey or whisky out there with your name on it. And now that summertime is approaching, it’s high time to spice up your next cocktail with this fine spirit.
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