Irish Cocktail

[Photograph: Nick Caruana]

This classic drink is similar to the Improved Holland Gin Cocktail, but uses Irish whiskey instead of malty genever.

Irish Cocktail

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail
Active time:2 minutes
Total time:2 minutes
Special equipment:Mixing glass, cocktail strainer
This recipe appears in: Irish Cocktail: A Classic Drink for St. Patrick's Day


  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 1/4 ounce absinthe
  • 1/4 ounce Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
  • 1 barspoon Luxardo maraschino
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • Lemon twist for garnish
  • Olive for garnish


  1. 1

    Add Irish whiskey, absinthe, dry curaçao, maraschino, and Angostura bitters to a mixing glass. Fill with ice and stir until well chilled, about 20 seconds.

  2. 2

    Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the lemon twist and olive, then serve.

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