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Irish Lemonade (2 Tasty Recipes!)

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Irish Lemonade is a popular cocktail for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s such a refreshing lemonade cocktail that you can actually enjoy it all summer long. No reason to only drink it on the holiday!

Here are 2 recipes for this crazy good drink!

Glass of Irish Lemonade with a lemon slice and mint leaves for garnish with fresh lemons and a mint leaves in the background.

Irish Lemonade

 
This Jameson Irish Lemonade recipe is perfect for a happy hour cocktail on St. Patrick’s Day.

If you want to make it a full day celebration, start with these Green Mimosas for brunch and then serve this whiskey drink later.

Irish Lemonade drink with lemon slice and maraschino cherry for garnish.

 

What Does an Irish Lemonade Have in it?

Irish whiskey and lemonade are the main ingredients. For a sweeter cocktail, you’ll make it with club soda and grenadine.

For a stouter or full body cocktail, you’ll make it with Bitters and Ginger Beer ingredients.

We’re going to cover both recipes so you can decide which one you like best!

Why is it called Irish Lemonade?

It’s simply because this drink is commonly made with Irish whiskey, such as Jameson.

Although, if you have a favorite bourbon or whiskey, you can use it instead of Jameson.

Jameson Irish Whiskey bottole with a Jameson Irish Lemonade drink.

 

What Does Irish Whiskey Taste Like?

Irish whiskey is less sweet than other whiskies. It tends to have a warm and spicier flavor.

Jameson Irish whiskey has been around for over 200 years with it’s distinctive ingredients and process that’s triple distilled. A fun fact, for a whiskey to be called Irish, it must age for at least 3 years in Ireland.

Irish Lemonade Ingredients (Sweeter Recipe)

IRISH WHISKEY – Jameson Irish Whiskey is probably the most well known, but here’s a little secret – this drink tastes just as delicious with your favorite bourbon or Canadian whisky

LEMONADE – use your favorite pre-made lemonade brand or make your own with fresh squeezed lemon juice, sugar (or simple syrup) to get the lemonade mix that you enjoy best.

GRENADINE – a splash of Grenadine syrup adds a little fruity and sweetness to this delicious cocktail.

TONIC WATER – for a little effervescence, tonic water adds the bubbly and evens out the sweet lemonade flavors. You can also use club soda.

GARNISH – add a lemon wedge and maraschino cherry for an added sweet bite and pop of color.

Irish Lemonade Ingredients on counter top.

 

How to Make Irish Whiskey Lemonade

This first version is the “sweeter” recipe.

STEP 1: Add ice to your cocktail glass, filling about 1/3 of your highball glass.

STEP 2: Add Jameson Irish Whiskey.

Pouring a shot of irish whiskey into a glass with a few ice cubes.

STEP 3: Pour in lemonade.

STEP 4: Add a splash of Grenadine and give it a good stir.

Adding a splash of grenadine into the cocktail glass.

STEP 5: Add crushed ice to almost fill your serving glass, leaving just enough room for the tonic water.

STEP 6: Top with tonic water or club soda for a little bubbly effervescence from the carbonation.

Pouring tonic water on top of the irish lemonade concoction.

 

STEP 7: A quick squeeze of lemon juice on top, then garnish with lemon slices and a maraschino cherry.

Top view of the Jameson Irish Lemonade drink with a lemon slice and cherry for garnish.

 

Ingredients (Spicy Recipe)

IRISH WHISKEY – we’re using Jameson Irish Whiskey, but if you only have your favorite Canadian whisky or bourbon on hand, that will work perfectly.

LEMONADE – sweet and tart, use your homemade recipe or favorite pre-made brand of lemonade.

BITTERS – adds a robust and fuller taste with these bitter herbs and spices to balance out the sweet flavors.

GINGER BEER – ginger beer is a non-alcoholic carbonated drink, much like ginger ale, but spicier.

GARNISH – a lemon wedge and a sprig of fresh mint. The aroma from the mint as you take a sip heightens the senses and makes this recipe even better.

Version 2 Irish Lemonade ingredients displayed on counter top.

 

Directions

This second variation has a stouter taste because of the ginger beer and Bitters ingredients. The first 3 steps are the same as in the recipe above.

STEP 1: Add ice to your glass, filling about 1/3 of your highball glass.

STEP 2: Pour in Jameson Irish Whiskey.

STEP 3: Add lemonade.

STEP 4: Now, here’s where it gets different. Add 4 drops of Bitters and stir well.

Adding drops of bitters into the cocktail glass.

 

STEP 5: Add a little more ice.

STEP 6: Top with ginger beer for added carbonation and a delicious ginger flavor that mixes so smoothly with the lemon flavor.

Pouring ginger beer into cocktail glass with lemonade and irish whiskey.

 

STEP 7: Garnish with a lemon slice and a couple sprigs of fresh mint.

 

Irish Lemonade drink with fresh mint and lemon slice for garnish.

 

TIPS

  • You an use a cocktail shaker to mix Jameson and other ingredients quickly. Simply mix all ingredients in the cocktail shaker except the carbonated ingredient your using (either tonic/soda water or ginger beer). Shake vigorously and strain mix over ice in a cocktail glass. Then top with the carbonated ingredient.
  • You can also substitute a sprig of rosemary for mint. It provides a different aroma than mint but also pairs very well with ginger.

 

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish Lemonade! Choose the sweet version or the spicy version, either way you can’t go wrong.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Cheers!

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Irish Lemonade (2 Recipes!)

Glass of Irish Lemonade with a lemon slice and mint leaves for garnish with fresh lemons and a mint leaves in the background.

Irish Lemonade is a popular cocktail for St. Patrick's Day. It's such a refreshing lemonade cocktail that you can actually enjoy it all summer long. No reason to only drink it on the holiday!Here are 2 recipes for this crazy good drink!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

Irish Lemonade (Sweeter Recipe)

  • 1.5 ounces Irish Whiskey
  • 3 ounces Lemonade
  • Splash of Grenadine
  • 2 ounces Tonic Water or Club Soda
  • Squeeze of Lemon Juice
  • Lemon slice and maraschino cherry for garnish

Irish Lemonade (Spicy Recipe)

  • 1.5 ounces Irish Whiskey
  • 3 ounces Lemonade
  • 4 drops of Bitters
  • 2 ounces Ginger Beer
  • Lemon slice and fresh mint for garnish

Instructions

Sweeter Recipe

  1. Fill 1/3 of a highball glass with ice.
  2. Add Jameson Irish Whiskey, lemonade and a splash of Grenadine and stir.
  3. Add more ice.
  4. Top with Tonic Water or Soda Water.
  5. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
  6. Garnish with lemon slice and a maraschino cherry.

Spicy Recipe

  1. Fill 1/3 of a highball glass with ice.
  2. Add Jameson Irish Whiskey, lemonade and 4 drops of Bitters and stir.
  3. Add more ice.
  4. Top with Ginger Beer.
  5. Garnish with lemon slice and a sprig of fresh mint.

Notes

See recipe post for tips and variations.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 2gSugar: 36gProtein: 1g

Nutritional values are estimates and not exact.

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