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World Whiskey Day: three cocktail recipes to kickstart your celebrations

This Saturday (May 18) is World Whiskey Day and Irish whiskey will be firmly in the spotlight as part of the global celebrations. The good news is that to join in, all you need is a bottle of whiskey to share with some friends.

If straight whiskey isn’t for you, then cocktails can be a great way to find your way in the whiskey world. These classic, go-to recipes showcase the spirit’s versatility while staying true to each signature blend.

Original Irish coffee

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An Irish Coffee is always the perfect evening tipple with friends. Flavourful and aromatic coffee is enhanced and balanced by sweet, warm vanilla notes of Bushmills Original, with the cream complementing the whiskey’s well-rounded taste and velvety smooth character.


35ml Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey

15ml Demerara sugar syrup

Black coffee/Americano

Double cream float


Pre-heat a glass and make one Americano coffee. Add whiskey, demerara syrup and coffee to the glass and mix. Add cream float on top, serve and enjoy!

To make the sugar syrup, simmer 1 cup of unrefined Demerara sugar with 1 cup of water until the sugar is fully dissolved. Allow to cool and decant into a glass bottle.

Black Bush Old Fashioned

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The original whiskey cocktail, the Old Fashioned is a timeless serve that oozes character and confidence. Using Bushmills Black Bush, the Angostura bitters and hint of orange in the cocktail draws out the rich flavours in the whiskey with every sip, making it the perfect tipple every time.


50ml Black Bush Irish Whiskey

1 teaspoon of Demerara sugar syrup

2 dashes of Angostura bitters

Orange peel



In a mixing glass, slowly stir the Black Bush, sugar syrup and Angostura bitters over ice until chilled. Strain over fresh ice in a chilled rocks glass and garnish with the orange peel.

Bushmills Black Bush High Ball

This drink puts a refreshing spring twist on a simple whiskey serve. Sparkling soda water balances the velvety smooth character of Black Bush while the zesty wedge of orange to garnish brings the rich, fruity notes of the whiskey to the fore.


35ml of Bushmills Black Bush

125ml of soda water

1 orange wedge/twist



Pour Black Bush into a Collins glass and fill with ice. Top with soda water and garnish with a wedge or twist of orange and serve.

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