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Irish Julep Recipe: A Perfect Alternative St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail

Enjoy a St. Patty’s Day Julep made with Irish Whiskey!

This year rather than ingesting all that green dye in festive green beers, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a refreshing cocktail. Our New Jersey friends at Salt Creek Grille Princeton have invented the  Irish Julep, the perfect Irish spin on the classic Mint Julep cocktail.

The mint leaves bring the appropriate Irish Green and also provide an invigorating zest. It calls for Amaro Averna Liqueur, a popular Italian digestive made of herbs, roots and spices with caramel you can likely find in your local liquor store.

1.5 ounces of Irish Whiskey (a quality whiskey like Jameson is a good choice)

¼ ounce of Averna Amaro

½ ounce of simple syrup

6 mint leaves

1 mint sprig

1/2 ounce of water

Crushed Ice


Muddle mint leaves, simple syrup, and water in a highball glass.

Add crushed ice and Irish Whiskey.

Want to know more about whiskey (or whisky) or try some other recipes? Check out these:

Irish Whisky: Malted, Unmalted, and Bourbon

Scotch Whiskey: A Winter Toe-Warmer
Canadian Whisky” Beer, Back Bacon, Plaid Shirts, Pucks, Toques, Rye Whisky– Eh?

Glenfliddich Single Malt Scotch 125th Anniversary Cocktail Recipes

Irish Whiskies



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RFT co-founder Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. An award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook, Bobbie is editor-in-chief at

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