Drunken Leprechaun – An Irish Whiskey Cocktail

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This Irish whiskey cocktail is delicious, and a perfect Saint Patrick’s Day cocktail! Even if whiskey is not your spirit of choice, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the rich flavors in this yummy sipping cocktail. It tastes similar to a whiskey sour but made with entirely different ingredients!

side shot of 2 Irish whiskey cocktails

This cocktail is what changed my mind about whiskey. I never enjoyed sipping on any type of whiskey drink until I had this one.

Now I love a good whiskey and orange juice or a refreshing whiskey highball.

This cocktail is a speakeasy, pub-style sipping cocktail. If you’re more into delicious punches, try our Irish Whiskey Green Tea Punch! There are a few steps to making this drink, you need to make a Guinness reduction and a honey simple syrup. However, these are made in batches and can be stored in the refrigerator to make more cocktails.

How To Make An Irish Whiskey Cocktail – Step By Step

Ingredients

Guinness Reduction

Lemon Juice

Honey Simple Syrup

Jameson Irish Whiskey

Mint Leaves

Drunken Leprechaun Cocktail

Prepare the reduction sauce and honey simple syrup below and let them cool.

Shake all of the above ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.

Strain into a coupe cocktail glass and garnish with a mint leaf!

Guinness Reduction Simple Syrup

Bring to a boil and then simmer on low heat until the mixture becomes a thicker consistency and dissolved to about half the amount. This could take 30 minutes. Let it cool and pour it into a glass bottle to store.

Honey Syrup

Honey simple syrup is similar to a traditional simple syrup, but made with honey.

Bring to a boil until the honey has dissolved. Let it cool and pour it into a glass bottle to store.

close up of cocktail in a stemmed glass

Jameson Irish Whiskey

The most popular Irish whiskey in the world. This whiskey has a sweet honey fragrance of malted barley with subtle oak notes. It has subtle notes of tobacco, Graham cracker, and vanilla, with a hint of citrus. 

A Great Drink For St Patrick’s Day Parties

These Irish whiskey cocktails are the perfect fit for St Patrick’s Day parties. There is a little prep work necessary, like making honey syrup and Guinness reduction simple syrup, but once you do that you’ll have enough to make 8-10 cocktails.

Once the prep work is done, these are a breeze to make. You can whip 4 up at once in a shaker, making it easier to serve to guests.

The Difference Between Irish and Scottish Whisky

One of the main differences between Scotch whiskey and Irish whiskey is the distillation process. While Scotch whiskey is distilled only twice, Irish whiskey undergoes triple distillation, giving it a marked lightness, and this is done in pot stills that are three times the size of normal copper stills. Now you know!

Guinness The – Not So Secret- Ingredient!

The Guinness syrup in this Irish Whisky Cocktail really does make the drink something extra special! The roast coffee flavor of the Guinness blends perfectly with the malty notes of the Irish whiskey. The great thing about the Guinness is it’s lighter than you’d expect, so the flavors are not overpowering.

Tips For Irish Whiskey Cocktails

Don’t rush the Guinness syrup – it could take up to 30 mins to reduce. Make sure it is half the size of the original amount.

Let the Guinness and the Honey syrups cool before pouring them into bottles.

Garnish with mint or even a clover.

As these are sipping cocktails, serve in a stemmed glass.

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Drunken Leprechaun Cocktail

Drunken Leprechaun Cocktail

This cocktail is perfect for St Patrick’s Day!
4.62 from 21 votes
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Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 2 drinks
Calories: 206kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

Drunken Leprechaun Cocktail

  • 1 ounce Guinness Reduction simple syrup, recipe below
  • 1 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces honey simple syrup, recipe below
  • 3 ounces Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 4 mint leaves

Guinness Reduction Simple Syrup

  • 1 can Guinness Beer
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Honey Syrup

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup honey

Instructions

Drunken Leprechaun Cocktail

  • Prepare the reduction sauce and honey simple syrup below and let them cool.
  • Shake all of the above ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Strain into a coupe cocktail glass and garnish with a mint leaf!

Guinness Reduction Simple Syrup

  • Bring to a boil and then simmer on low heat until mixture becomes a thicker consistency and dissolved to about half the amount. This could take 30 minutes. Let it cool and pour into a glass bottle to store.

Honey Syrup

  • Bring to a boil until honey has dissolved. Let it cool and pour into a glass bottle to store.

Notes

Timings and nutritional information is based on one cocktail.

Nutrition

Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 21mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 6.1mg | Iron: 1.4mg
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6 thoughts on “Drunken Leprechaun – An Irish Whiskey Cocktail”

  1. Incredibly unique, way too sweet. This recipe was surprising very good with modifications. The lemon and stout work will together, giving the drink a refreshing, but rich taste. To better bring out the stout flavor, cut the lemon down to 3/4 ounce, reduce the 1 c. stout with
    1/3 c. honey, and omit the honey sugar water entirely. In this manner, the stout reduction becomes the predominant flavor and not overshadowed by the sweetness. This, of course, also increases the whiskey flavor, too, so use good whiskey. If you don’t like whiskey, why even consider this recipe?

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  2. 5 stars
    I was skeptical at first, but this is a really great cocktail! The Guinness reduction really makes this drink with its rich, deep flavor — its interesting to make because it never really seemed to “simmer”, even at medium heat, and took almost an hour but did reduce to 1/3 and it was excellent. An excellent, tasty, easy to drink St. Patrick’s Day cocktail.

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