Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year with one of Europe’s oldest distilled beverages – Irish Whiskey. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, about 1,000 distilleries opened and closed across Ireland, leaving about 15 Irish Whiskey distilleries today. On March 17, try these Irish Whiskey-based cocktails inspired by Arizona Craft Spirit Specialist Jason Girard.


“The Irish Garden”

.75 oz. Bushmills Red Bush Irish Whiskey

.75 oz Cointreau

.5 oz. Giffard Blue Curaçao

.5 oz Boomsma Cloosterbitters

.75 oz. Lemon Juice

.5 oz. Simple Syrup

Shake with ice and strain in a collins glass over ice.


“Fields of Ireland”

1 oz. Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey

1 oz. Cointreau

Barspoon Bols Blue Curaçao

Dash Boomsma

Barspoon Lemon Juice

1/2 rim sugar

Shake with ice and strain in to a sugar-rimmed cocktail glass over ice. Enjoy and celebrate safely!

AJason Girardbout the Expert: Jason Girard

Jason Girard, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, has more than 20 years of experience in the service and beverage industry. Jason is a veteran bartender with extensive experience working alongside accounts to design cocktail menus. Jason joined Young’s Market Company in 2012 and serves as Craft Spirit Specialist on the Craft & Luxury Spirits team in Arizona. 

Jason’s passion for the cocktail industry is best illustrated through his involvement with Arizona Cocktail Week and the United States Bartenders’ Guild. Jason was instrumental in conceptualizing Arizona Cocktail Week leading up to its debut in 2012. The event just celebrated its sixth year and has successfully strengthened the cocktail culture among talented industry professionals and connoisseurs in Arizona. In 2009, Jason founded the Phoenix chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild and served as Chairperson until 2012. Jason continues to actively promote the craft of the cocktail through his role at Young’s and his involvement in the Arizona cocktail industry.