Irish Whiskey Cocktail Series #1

20th December 2016

Think Irish Whiskey must always be served neat? Think again…


The first instalment of our Irish Whiskey Cocktail Series is brought to you by Michael Patterson, bar manager of Belfast’s coolest new hotel Bullitt, with two of his favourite cocktails.



If you fancy yourself as a bit of a Don Draper, this is the drink for you.

A classic cocktail from the days of yore it works on the simple mixture of booze, bitters and dilution. A simple but beautiful stirred drink, this is the old fashioned (but still great) way of making cocktails. Dating back to the 1880s, it’s a potent concoction of spirits and bitters with a touch of sugar and is the antithesis of sweet, fruity cocktails that were beginning to explode at the time.


60ml Powers Gold Label
5ml sugar syrup
2 dashes orange bitters
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Garnish: orange twist and cherry


Add all ingredients into mixing glass and stir. Pour into a whiskey tumbler. Stir again in the tumbler. Garnish with orange twist and a cherry. Serve.




Pretty straight up and in your face, the Tipperary is a twist on a Bijou gin cocktail.

Jameson Black Barrel is the star in this cocktail – the quality of this small batch spirit shines through, with the double char from the casks adding a sweet note, creating a bittersweet balance when mixed with Sweet Vermouth and Chartreuse. Perfect as an aperitif or even a digestif – before, during or after dinner!


45ml Jameson Black Barrel
30ml sweet vermouth
15ml Green Chartreuse
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Garnish: orange twist


Add all of the ingredients into a chilled mixing glass. Stir and strain. Serve into a chilled glass. Garnish with an orange twist.