Everyone's favorite drinking holiday is nearly upon us (sorry Cinco de Mayo). As we've gotten a little older and, if we're being generous, a little wiser, we've taken to having a few well-made drinks with friends over elbowing our way to another green pint at the bar. And if you're into Irish whiskey it doesn't get much more well made than Redbreast. Keeping it simple and sippable, we riffed on the traditional Old Fashioned formula with some delicious Redbreast 12 and some honey syrup to keep those Irish eyes smiling.

© photo by Jake Brown

Éire Old Fashioned (makes 1)

  • 2 oz Redbreast 15 Year Irish Whiskey
  • 2 teaspoons rich honey syrup (recipe below)
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Lemon peel for garnish

In an old fashioned or rocks glass add honey syrup and bitters. Stir to incorporate.

In the same glass add a large ice cube and Redbreast; stir for 30 turns.

Flame the lemon twist and rub the rim of the glass with it, then drop it in the drink. Sláinte!


Rich Honey Syrup (makes enough for approximately 4 drinks)

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water

In a non-reactive container with a lid add honey and boiling water. Shake until incorporated.
Let sit in the fridge until cool before mixing (about 45 minutes).