As we all know, it's the bartender that really makes the difference when you order a drink. No two bartenders pour the same drink, they have their own personal style and we wouldn't ask for their secrets. Here at Tip Your Bartender we try to give you an accurate recipe for the drinks we sample but recipe’s do vary from bar and bartender.


For this Featured Drink we chose a classic that you can enjoy all year round but especially on St. Patrick's Day. Enjoyed neat, on the rocks or with ginger ale, Jameson is cherished throughout Ireland and across the globe. Jameson Irish Whiskey is the perfect balance of spicy, nutty and vanilla notes with hints of sweet sherry and exceptional smoothness. Jameson triple distilled whiskey isn't just born smooth and balanced, it takes a carefully crafted process used over hundreds of years to get it just right. This tradition began in 1780 with the great Master Distiller John Jameson who discovered that three distillations was best for his Jameson Irish Whiskey, and they continue his legacy to this day.

A shot of Jameson with glass of cold tap beer is the best. I'm not fond of Jameson on the rocks, I find it weak and watered down, it looses it's bite and ruins the flavor. So I had to try the other popular mix, Jameson and ginger (with a wedge of lime.) I was still unimpressed. The ginger ale didn't add much to the party, it was too weak and flavorless. Perhaps it was the generic ginger ale? I noticed a special at the bar for St. Patrick's Day, a twist on the Jameson and ginger called a "Cockadoodle Dew." I had the beautiful and talented Michelle from the Nuthouse whip one up with the Cock and Bull Ginger beer and Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey. I know, I would rather have Jameson but they were selling the cocktail with the Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey. It was actually quite refreshing and tasty combination. The Cock and Bull Ginger beer (no alcohol) made quite a difference, carbonation is good! Effervescent and something tart, this beverage wasn't something to be ashamed of.

I'm not sure I would swap my shot of Jameson for a Jameson and Ginger, even with the good Cock and Bull Ginger beer, but I would recommend it to those who prefer to sip their Jameson rather than shoot it. But get the ginger ale/beer out of a can, sweeter with more fizz.


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