The Irish Lemonade (aka the ‘Jameson Lemonade’, if you’re using Jameson) is easy, tasty and very refreshing.
This is one of the more popular Irish whiskey cocktails due to how handy it is to whip together and how easily accessible the ingredients are.
In the guide below, you’ll find a no-BS recipe for making the Jameson Lemonade cocktail at home.
Some quick need-to-knows before you make the Irish Lemonade
Before you look at the recipe for our whiskey and lemonade cocktail, take 20 seconds to read the two points below, as it’ll make your drink that bit tastier:
1. You can use most Irish whiskeys
OK, so although you’ll hear this mainly referred to as a Jameson Lemonade, you don’t have to use Jameson – you can use any number of Irish whiskey brands, once they’re not peated.
2. Don’t be tempted to leave out the bitters
The chances are you won’t have any bitters laying around the house, which makes it easy to say, ‘Hey, I’ll leave ’em out and it’ll be fine and dandy!’. If you can, try and order these online in advance, as they really do give the Irish Lemonade a kick.
The ingredients needed for a Jameson Lemonade
The ingredients for our whiskey and lemonade mix are pretty straightforward, and there’s a bit of room for variation, as you’ll discover below.
- 1 ounce of Jameson (or a good Irish whiskey)
- 2 ounces of ginger beer or club soda (yep, either works great)
- 2 ounces of fresh lemonade
- A dash of bitters
- Ice and fresh mint
How to make an Irish Lemonade
The assembly process for the Jameson Lemonade is very straightforward and you can easily make a pitcher of it, once you measure the amounts correctly.
Step 1: Chill a glass
This step is optional, but you’ll see me recommend it in all of our Irish cocktails as it helps keep the contents cool for longer. Simply add a handful of ice to a glass, place your palm on top and swirl the ice around the glass.
You’ll want to do this until the glass cools (usually 15 – 20 seconds max). Empty the ice and any water when you’re done.
Step 2: Add the ice and the core ingredients
Half fill your chilled glass with ice and then add 1 ounce of Jameson, 2 ounces of fresh lemonade and a dash of bitters. Then gently pour 2 ounces of ginger beer or club soda on top and gently stir.
I’ve said gently twice there as if you just pour it straight in you’ll loose some of the fizz.
Step 3: Garnish
Personally, I like to garnish my Irish Lemonade with some fresh mint leaves as it gives the drink a nice fresh scent every time you take a sip.
You can also add a slice of lemon to the side of the glass, if you’re feeling fancy.
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FAQs about making an Irish Lemonade cocktail
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Does whiskey and lemonade mix well?’ to ‘Is Jameson and lemonade a good combo?’.
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 are in an Irish Lemonade?
You’ll need whiskey, ginger beer or club soda, fresh lemonade, bitters, ice and some fresh mint.
How do you make a Jameson Lemonade?
Half fill a glass with ice and add 1 ounce of Jameson, 2 ounces of lemonade, a dash of bitters and 2 ounces of ginger beer or club soda.
I was born in a quiet corner of a Gaeltacht on the Dingle Peninsula. Over the years, I’ve explored Ireland far and wide, from the wilds of West Clare to the shores of Sherkin. Particularly fond of heritage, history and hikes (and words beginning with ‘H’, apparently…).