Cocktail of the week: Irish Shillelagh

Irish whiskey and gin cocktail in a glass with ice cubes and cherries garnish

As it’s St Patrick’s Day next week (17 March), we are taking a trip to the Emerald Isle for our cocktail of the week. The Irish Shillelagh is a combination of Irish whiskey, gin, rum, peach schnapps and lemon juice, sweetened with sugar or sugar syrup. It is named after a wooden walking stick or club with a large knob at one end, synonymous with Irish folk lore. The cocktail has a deliciously tropical tilt to it, but it is potent, so enjoy responsibly! Traditionally it is made with sloe gin, but if you want to dial back the sweetness, you could swap this out for an Old Tom or even a London Dry. Find some Irish gins to try here!

Irish Shillelagh


  • 45ml Irish whiskey (such as Jameson or Bushmills)
  • 15ml sloe gin
  • 15ml white rum (overproof varieties work best)
  • 15ml peach schnapps, or peach juice
  • 20ml lemon juice
  • 15ml sugar syrup (or to taste)


Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until chilled, then strain into an Old Fashioned or rocks glass over fresh ice.

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