In the past year or so, we've seen more and more fancy bars around the country touting an Irish whiskey-based cocktail selection. But even if some of the finest drinks at Tradition in San Francisco and Dead Rabbit in NYC feature whiskey from the Emerald Isle, home mixing with Irish whiskey tends not to get more ambitious than a simple Jameson and Ginger. (What? You forgot the ginger?)
If you want to catch up on what Irish whiskey is and isn't, start with Michael Dietsch's excellent guide. Wondering what you can make with that bottle? We've got you covered, with recipes for light and refreshing highballs, classic stirred drinks, and a cool chicory spin on Irish coffee.