Cocktail of the Month: Smilin’ Eyes

If one asked what two drinks come to mind on St. Patty’s Day, most would say Irish whiskey and beer. Luckily, this year Jameson has gone ahead and made it easier for us with their newly launched Caskmates IPA, a triple-distilled Irish whiskey finished in IPA barrels. After some “tastings,” I decided to try a recipe I had concocted a few years ago for a Jameson event. Cooking down some bananas and a small touch of sugar into this whiskey resulted in a beautifully smooth yet comfortably bold sipper. After adding a few dashes of bitters and a couple cubes for temperature and a touch of dilution, I had one of the most enjoyable and fun Old Fashioned riffs I’ve drunk in a long time. Don’t take my word for it, give it a go yourself! Sláinte!


2 oz banana-infused Jameson Caskmates IPA Whiskey*

2–3 dashes Angostura bitters

1 oz cold brew coffee


Combine the whiskey, bitters, and coffee. Stir and pour into a freshly iced rocks glass. Garnish with skewered banana slices.

*Banana-Infused Jameson Caskmates IPA Whiskey

1 bottle Jameson Caskmates IPA

2 bananas, peeled and sliced

1/4 cup simple syrup

Combine ingredients in a large mason jar and seal. Bring a large pot of water to 150 F (use a candy thermometer to check the temperature). Place the mason jar in the pot and cook at 150 F (do not allow to reach 160 F) for 90 minutes. Remove the jar and allow it to cool before straining and serving.

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