If you’re looking for an easy-to-follow, no-BS Irish Gold drink recipe, you’ve found it.
An Irish Gold is one of the more popular Irish whiskey cocktails and it’s reasonably easy to make, once you have the ingredients.
In the guide below, we’ll present you with a very straightforward recipe to help you mix up this tasty cocktail at home.
Some quick need-to-knows before making the Irish Gold drink
Before you look at the Irish Gold recipe, it’s worth taking 10 seconds to read these 3 need-to-knows, as it’ll make your drink that bit more enjoyable:
1. Use a decent whiskey
Sounds obvious, I know, but choose one of our recommended Irish whiskey brands, if you can, when making your Irish Gold drink. If you’re looking for a low-to-mid-range option, Jameson does the trick.
2. Choose your mixer wisely
It’s easy to splash out on the Irish whiskey and then skimp on the mixer, however, it’s worth picking a premium ginger ale as it’ll make up a good portion of your Irish Gold cocktail.
2. Can’t get peach schnapps? Don’t worry!
Peach schnapps is a key ingredient in this cocktails, however, if you can’t get your hands on it, it’s perfectly fine to sub it out for a peach-flavoured soda.
Irish Gold ingredients
So, the ingredients for the Irish Gold cocktail should all be easy to pick-up in a local store, but feel free to swap the schnapps for peach soda, if you need.
I like to pour this cocktail into a small fat glass, as I think it works/looks best, but you can use whatever you have on hand.
- Irish whiskey (2 ounces)
- Peach schnapps (1/2 ounce)
- Fresh orange juice (a splash)
- Ginger ale (to taste, i.e. if you want a strong drink, use less)
- 1 fresh lime
How to make an Irish Gold
So, the prep for this is lovely and easy and it only takes around a minute or so to pull it all together. Here’s what you need to do:
Step 1: Chill that glass
Our first step is completely optional, but it’s a speedy way to get your glass cold fast, if you haven’t had it in the fridge. Grab some ice and pop it in the glass.
Then place your hand over the top of the glass and swirl the ice all around it. When you feel the glass chill, stop and pour out the ice and any remaining water.
Step 2: Add your whiskey, schnapps and juice
It’s time to assemble your Irish Gold drink. Place some ice in the glass first. Then pour your whiskey, your schnapps and your orange juice in a glass and stir until the ingredients have mingled.
You then need to tilt your glass and gently pour the ginger ale into the mixture (pour gently and at an angle to keep as much fizz in the ginger ale as possible).
Step 3: Garnish time
So, this step is optional, but I like to take a lime and cut two thin slices. I then take the first lime and squeeze it into the glass and mix.
Use the second slice of lime to garnish your Irish Gold cocktail, and you’re done!
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FAQs about the Irish Gold cocktail
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Is this the tastiest Irish whiskey and orange juice mix?’ to ‘Do peach schnapps and whiskey mix well?’.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
What ingredients do you need for the Irish Gold drink?
You need Irish whiskey, Peach schnapps, Fresh orange juice, Ginger ale and a fresh lime for garnish.
How do you make an Irish Gold cocktail?
Chill your glass and then add ice. Next, add your whiskey, schnapps and orange juice and mix. Top with ginger ale and garnish with lime.
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