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Bushmills celebrates Irish Whiskey Day with cocktails

Bushmills celebrates Irish Whiskey Day with cocktails

Bushmills Black Fashioned.

Bushmills celebrates Irish Whiskey Day with cocktails

Bushmills Honey Highball.

Bushmills celebrates Irish Whiskey Day with cocktails

Bushmills Irish Orchard.

Bushmills celebrates Irish Whiskey Day with cocktails

Irish Whiskey Day was established by international whiskey writer, Stuart McNamara, as he sought to educate people around the world on the spirit.

Irish whiskey is celebrated each year on March 3, and the number three is significant for a variety of reasons. Firstly, there are three types of Irish whiskey – single malt, single grain and single pot still. Next, to be called an Irish whiskey there must be a distillation period of at least three years, and traditionally all Irish whiskey is triple distilled. To top it all off, the shamrock, recognised as the symbol of Ireland, has three leaves. So, March 3 (the third day of the third month) became the obvious date to celebrate this special spirit.

Irish Whiskey Day would not be complete without a good measure of Bushmills Irish Whiskey. Triple distilled on the rugged northern shore of Ireland; this is an Irish whiskey like no other. The Old Bushmills Distillery is the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery, being granted its license to distil in 1608. Over 400 years later and Bushmills Irish Whiskey still prides itself on the passion, great care and supreme craftmanship that goes into every bottle.

This Irish Whiskey Day, try something different and have a go at making some of Bushmills Irish Whiskey’s delicious go-to cocktail recipes, using both blended and single malt whiskeys:


The Honey Highball is the perfect mix of sugar and spice. The honey liqueur and triple sec compliment the sweet, warm vanilla notes of Bushmills Original, while the strong flavours of the ginger ale and lemon juice bring the crisp, spicy finish of the whiskey to the fore.


35ml of Bushmills Original

20ml fresh lemon juice

15ml honey liqueur

10ml triple sec


  1. Pour 35ml of Bushmills Original into a tall glass.
  2. Add 20ml fresh lemon juice, 15ml honey liqueur and 10ml triple sec.
  3. Shake together and strain over cubed ice.
  4. Top with ginger ale and garnish with lemon peel.
  5. Serve in a highball glass.


The Black Fashioned – the well-loved and timeless Old Fashioned cocktail with a Black Bush twist. The delicious combination of Bushmills Black Bush, Angostura bitters and hint of orange really draws out the rich flavours of dried fruits and nuts in the whiskey with every sip. This is a cocktail that oozes character and confidence.


50ml Black Bush

1 teaspoon of demerara sugar syrup

2 dashes of Angostura bitters

Orange peel


  1. Pour 50ml Black Bush into a mixing glass.
  2. Add 2 dashes of Angostura bitters and 1 teaspoon of demerara sugar syrup*.
  3. Slowly stir Black Bush, sugar syrup and Angostura Bitters over ice until chilled.
  4. Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass and garnish with orange peel.

*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.


The Irish Orchard cocktail brings a refreshing twist to Bushmills 10 Year Old – a great way for discerning whiskey drinkers to discover this single malt whiskey. The fresh and zesty notes of Bushmills 10 Year Old complement the crisp, fruity flavours from the cider and apple juice. Topped off with sparking soda water and a wedge of apple – what’s not to like?


50ml Bushmills 10 Year Old

75ml dry cider

30ml soda

25ml pressed apple juice


  1. Pour 50ml Bushmills 10 Year Old into a highball glass.
  2. Add 75ml 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.

For more cocktail inspiration and recipes, follow Bushmills Irish Whiskey on social media


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