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Raise a glass for Irish Whiskey Day on March 3


“What whiskey will not cure, there is no cure for,” reads the Irish proverb. In honour of Irish Whiskey Day on March 3, three cocktail recipes have been created by Bushmills and The Sexton Irish whiskeys for people to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes.

The third day of the third month marks an important date in every true whiskey fan’s calendar, according to the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery, referencing the three types of Irish whiskey (single malt, single grain and single pot still), signature triple distillation process and distillation period of at least three years.

Boasting over 400 years of whiskey making heritage and tradition, Bushmills Irish Whiskey was first granted its license to distil in 1608.

Featured in the signature Bushmills Irish Orchard cocktail is Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt, triple distilled from 100% malted barley, and matured for at least 10 years in sherry and bourbon seasoned barrels, which provide notes of honey, vanilla and milk chocolate flavours.

The Sexton Single Malt, meanwhile, is rich in hue, bold in taste and memorable in character. Triple distilled in copper pot stills and matured in Oloroso sherry casks, its versatile flavour profile makes it perfect for drinking neat, on the rocks or in cocktails such as Bury The Hatchet and Mourning, Noon & Night.


This Irish Orchard cocktail brings a fruity fusion to the fore. The cider paired with pressed apple juice complements the fresh, zesty notes of Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt – the perfect cocktail for any single malt lover.

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50ml Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt

75ml Dry Cider

30ml Soda

25ml Pressed Apple Juice

Wedge of apple to garnish

Ice (cubed)


1. Pour 50ml Bushmills 10 Year Old into a highball glass.

2. Add 75ml of Dry Cider.

3. Top with 30ml soda and 25ml pressed apple juice.

4. Add cubed ice and garnish with a wedge of apple on the edge of the glass.


This refreshing Bury the Hatchet cocktail oozes bold flavour that you won’t forget. The lemon juice enhances the complex citrus notes of The Sexton Single Malt, while the hint of sugar complements the smooth honey finish of the spirit.


50ml The Sexton Single Malt

25ml lemon juice

12.5ml Gomme (sugar syrup)

Soda water

15ml Pedro Ximenez

Lemon twist to garnish

Ice (cubed)


1. Pour 50ml The Sexton Single Malt into a tall glass over cubed ice.

2. Add 25ml lemon juice and 12.5ml Gomme (sugar syrup).

3. Top with soda water and a Pedro Xiemenex float.

4. Garnish with a twist of lemon.


In this deliciously simple Mourning, Noon & Night cocktail, the Campari and Sweet Vermouth truly complements the honeyed malt taste and mild sweetness of The Sexton Single Malt.


35ml The Sexton Single Malt

25ml Sweet Vermouth

25ml Campari

Lemon twist to garnish

Ice (cubed)


1. Pour 35ml The Sexton Single Malt, 25ml Sweet Vermouth and 25ml Campari into a mixing glass over ice and stir until chilled.

2. Strain into a fresh rocks glass over ice.

3. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

The Sexton is available to purchase in Supervalu, Centra, Wineflair and select independent retailers and off-licences.