The Weeski Recipe

Wes Rowe

With an approachable yet distinctive flavor, Irish whiskey isn't called for in a great many cocktails, but there are a few drinks that are handy to have in your repertoire when the Powers comes out to play. Here's a contemporary cocktail that features Irish whiskey to good effect: the Weeski.

Created by cocktail historian David Wondrich, the Weeski matches the fullness of Irish with the bright floral flavor of the French aperitif wine Lillet, with a little Cointreau to help round out the bright, orangey flavor of the drink. The name is an imagined Gallic twist on the Celtic usquebaugh, and the drink's character is, as Wondrich describes, "suave, subtle, and utterly untrustworthy." Sometimes on a Friday evening, a gallant scoundrel of a drink is exactly what's needed to start the weekend right.

Recipe Facts

Active: 2 mins
Total: 2 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey

  • 1 ounce Lillet Blanc

  • 1 teaspoon Cointreau

  • 2 dashes orange bitters

  • Lemon peel, for garnish


  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir until well chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Twist thin strip of lemon peel above drink and use as garnish.

Special equipment

mixing glass, bar spoon, strainer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
194 Calories
0g Fat
5g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 194
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 30mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)