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Six Irish Whiskey Cocktails To Sip Long Before St. Patrick's Day

The spirit is coming into its own as an ingredient.

Irish Whiskey
Irish Whiskey

Irish Whiskey is making a comeback. Production of the smooth-drinking spirit fell on the Emerald Isle during the 20th century, while smokey Scotch picked up speed by neighboring Scotland. Recently, more bars across the United States are looking beyond bourbon or other whiskey cocktails to show a little love for the Irish once again.

Think beyond drinking Irish whiskey neat with these 6 cocktails:

Irish Whiskey Public House
This low-key pub near Dupont Circle offers an extensive selection of Irish Whiskey, including a few specialty cocktails where the spirit shines. Try the Dublin Mule with Jameson Irish Whiskey, spicy house made ginger syrup, and fresh lime juice for $10.
1207 19th St NW

Rí Rá Irish Pub
Get a caffeine boost at this chain restaurant and Georgetown pub. The Irish Coffee involves Jameson and half + half shaken over ice, making the perfect pick-me-up for $11.
3125 M St NW

The Queen Vic
H Street's favorite authentic British Pub serves up a cocktail list which highlights all the region has to offer. Try Jameson mixed with hard cider, ribana, ginger ale and soda in the Jameson Shandy, for $8.18.
1206 H St NE

The cocktail menu at Shaw's 1920s-themed eatery names drinks after the actor's films. Find A Dog's Life for irish whiskey, apple brandy, golden apple honey, walnut and prosecco for $12 (or half-off during happy hour).
1501 9th St NW

Hank's Oyster Bar
Head to the Capitol Hill location of Hanks to taste a cocktail made from Jameson Caskmates, when the original whiskey is aged in oak casks seasoned with craft Irish stout. The cocktail Do These Effectively Hide My Thunder combines this aged spirit with hibiscus, cinnamon, vanilla, lemon and frothy egg white for $13.
633 Pennsylvania Ave SE

Satellite Room
Save room for dessert at the Satellite Room. The Frank and Costello booze milkshake blends chocolate mint ice cream with Bushmills Irish whiskey for a $10 treat after a night at the 9:30 Club.
2047 9th St NW