This Irish Whiskey and Melon cocktail will give you the Luck o’ the Irish any time of the year! It is whiskey forward with undertones of sweet melon.
A perfect cocktail for St Patrick’s Day!
There’s a bit of controversy regarding Patty or Paddy. Some people say St Patty’s day and they would be wrong. Patty spelled with two t’s, it’s the nickname for Patricia while Paddy, on the other hand, is the nickname for Patrick. The Irish Whiskey and Melon Cocktail is perfect for St. Paddy’s Day!
How do Irish whiskey and melon liqueur taste together?
I love Jameson whiskey and so I used Jameson Black Label for this cocktail. Just remember that when you use liquors that you love, you are more likely to create a cocktail that you love. I like a good melon liqueur and chose Midori because I had some left from making Midori Sours.
When you add melon liqueur to whiskey, it transforms into a beautiful springtime flavor. I added some simple syrup to sweeten it up a bit and to highlight the melon flavor.
Can I use American whiskey in place of Irish whiskey?
You can absolutely use any whiskey that you want! You can’t go wrong when you use the liquors that you love!
The main difference between the two whiskeys is their main ingredients. The main ingredient of Irish whiskey is barley. However, American whiskey can be corn, rye, or wheat.
Irish whiskey is lighter and not as sweet as American whiskey.
The Irish age their whiskeys for a minimum of three years while the Americans age their whiskeys for a minimum of two years.
Remember that Bourbon is an American whiskey! It is made from a mash that is at least 51% corn. While generally made in Kentucky, it can be made anywhere in the States.
Can I use Scotch in this cocktail?
Again, the answer is a big yes! The melon in this Irish Whiskey and Melon Cocktail changes the flavor subtly and with a whiskey forward taste, it’s best that you use a whiskey that pleases your palate!
Scotch whisky is distilled twice, while Irish whiskey undergoes triple distillation. With the exception of Lowland malts as well as a handful of distilleries who do a triple distillation.
Scotch whisky uses peat-smoked mash which gives it the smokey quality Scotch drinkers love. while Irish whiskey uses kiln-dried, raw and malted barley.
Scotch is produced by ‘blending’, while it’s Irish counterpart is produced by ‘vatting’.
Casked asked for at least two years for Scotch. Irish whiskey is kept in the cask for at least three years.
Irish Whiskey and Melon Cocktail
This Irish Whiskey and Melon cocktail will give you the Luck o' the Irish any time of the year! It is whiskey forward with undertones of sweet melon.
- 1 1/2 Ounces Irish Whiskey
- 1/2 Ounce Melon Liqueur
- 1 Tbs Simple syrup
- 3-4 Ounces Club Soda
Pour whiskey, melon liqueur, and simple syrup into a shaker cup that is half filled with ice.
Shake vigorously and strain into a lowball glass that has been filled with fresh ice.
Add 3-4 ounces of club soda.
Garnish with cherries and enjoy!