Irish Shillelagh (shi-LAY-lee): A Cocktail to be Reckoned With

In The Imbibery and Distillery by Christine McKellar

Very few things seem to evoke “the Irish” quite as well as the lyrically named shillelagh (shi-LAY-lee). The word darn near begs to be sung out in an Irish tenor.

Tis fairly certain that the Irish didn’t skip to a shillelagh: these sturdy blackthorn wood staffs were originally used as weapons of martial arts or to defend one’s honor.

The combination of ingredients listed below for the Irish Shillelagh cocktail seem to guarantee to knock you on your backside and leave you with an aching crown in the morrow whilst hopefully keeping some dignity intact.


Irish Shillelagh


1.5 ounces of Irish whiskey

Half ounce of gin

1 teaspoon of white rum

1 teaspoon of peach schnapps

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

1 teaspoon of sugar syrup



Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with chipped ice and shake.

Pour the drink into an old-fashioned glass without straining it.