No one can resist these tasty whiskey cocktails.

By Real Simple Editors
Updated February 10, 2020
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Whether they understand the difference between bourbon and whiskey or not, every member of your party—a dinner party, a party party, an evening in with your S.O., whatever—will ask for a second round of these whiskey drinks. From an iced alternative to the classic Irish coffee recipe to riffs on a French 75 and a Tom Collins, these cocktails use whiskey to give drinks you know and love a fresh flavor.

Present one of these creative whiskey drinks with Irish desserts at your next dinner party, or whip up a large batch to pair with the threat of a St. Patrick’s Day pinch on March 17—there won’t be a drop left whenever you serve them. The true beauty of these whiskey drinks is that, though they use Irish whiskey liberally, they’re not limited to St. Patrick’s Day. True whiskey fans will be happy with one of these drinks any time of year, and non-fans may find themselves surprised to enjoy a whiskey cocktail so much. (Some may not even notice the whiskey.)

St. Patrick’s Day is a great excuse to mix up a round of whiskey drinks, but don’t let that limit you—if you can enjoy St. Patrick’s Day snacks all year long (and you can!), you can sip on whiskey in different concoctions, too.

Wendy Granger

This refreshing recipe could not be simpler. Strong iced coffee is mixed with whiskey and heavy cream to create a deliciously decadent pick-me-up (and the perfect St. Patty's Day cocktail, if you celebrate the occasion).

Get the recipe: Irish Iced Coffee

Wendy Granger

A riff on the classic Tom Collins cocktail, this drink gets a dose of whiskey instead of the traditional gin. Pour over a tall glass of ice, then garnish with a lemon wedge.

Get the recipe: John Collins

Wendy Granger

Perfect for the classic cocktail lover, this elegant drink is sure to impress your partygoers. The white port (or Lillet Blanc) adds just the right amount of sweetness.

Get the recipe: White Knight

Wendy Granger

If you’re a fan of the French 75, you’ll fall in love with this romantic rendition. Irish whiskey replaces the gin or cognac, and the sparkling wine makes this cocktail delightfully bubbly.

Get the recipe: Irish 75

Wendy Granger

This pretty pink whiskey cocktail is as delicious as it looks, and the combination of sweet red grenadine and tangy, freshly-squeezed lime juice is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any gathering.

Get the recipe: Irish Rose