Irish Ale Cocktail: A Quick Way to Enjoy Your Irish Whiskey

Easy Irish Ale Cocktail - Irish Whiskey and Ginger Beer
A simple mix of Irish whiskey and ginger beer, the Irish Ale cocktail has a snappy flavor that is perfect for any occasion. Rob Lawson / Photolibrary / Getty Images
  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

Whiskey and ginger beer are a natural pairing. Whiskey provides a basic sweetness that cuts through the spiciness of a good ginger beer and the two come together perfectly in this Irish Ale recipe. If you're a fan of ginger beer, this is a recipe you will want to try.

The Irish Ale Cocktail is a variation of two common cocktails, the Whiskey & Ginger (or Irish Buck) and the Moscow Mule. It is a very simple whiskey highball to mix up and is a refreshing drink that is perfect for any occasion.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Pour the whiskey into a highball glass.
  2. Squeeze the juice from all three lime wedges on top of the whiskey.
  3. Fill the glass with ice.
  4. Top with ginger beer and stir well.

More Tips for Making a Great Irish Ale Cocktail

The Irish Whiskey. There are a number of great Irish whiskeys that are perfect for an Irish Ale and there is really no need to mix your best whiskey into this cocktail. Reliable brands like Bushmills, Jameson, and Tullamore Dew will do just fine here.

If it is your go-to Irish whiskey, then use it in this recipe.

The Lime Juice. Adding a few squeezes of lime provides just enough acid to help marry the sweet and spicy notes in this cocktail. Fresh lime juice is, as always, recommended because many of the bottled options are either too sweet or too tart and will throw off that perfect balance that we are going for.

In a pinch, go ahead and use that lime juice you have stashed in the fridge. Next time you go to stock up, switch from concentrate lime juices like that popular ReaLime and opt for an all-natural (better yet, organic) lime juice instead. It's the next best thing to fresh juice and you will see an improvement in your cocktails.

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The Ginger Beer. There are many great ginger beers available as well. We own many thanks to the recent renewed interest in the Moscow Mule because the options are becoming more numerous and easier to find. Jamaican ginger beers are known to have a captivating, poignant spice to them and they are always a favorite.

You may also want to check out the newer brands that were designed for cocktails like Q Ginger and Fever-Tree. Both make a fantastic Irish Ale.

If you don't like the spiciness of ginger beer, you can make this cocktail a little bit milder by substituting ginger ale. In this instance, we would technically be back to the Whiskey & Ginger drink, but call it whatever you like, it's your drink!

How Strong Is the Irish Ale?

As is the case with many highball drinks, the Irish Ale is a relatively tame cocktail.

Though we do use a 2-ounce shot of whiskey here, the ginger beer and a full glass of ice make up most of the volume and bring it down to a smooth sipping strength.

If we were to use an 80-proof Irish whiskey in the exact proportions given in the recipe, then this Irish Ale would weigh in at a rather mild 13 percent ABV (26 proof).