The Ulster Scot Old Fashioned

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The Ulster Scot Old Fashioned is my nod to my own Scots-Irish background. If you’re unfamiliar with the term “Ulster Scot,” the following may clear things up:

The Ulster Scots, also called Ulster Scots people or, in North America, Scotch-Irish or Scots-Irish, are an ethnic group in Ireland, who share a common history, culture and ancestry, some of whom speak an Ulster Scots dialect of the Scots language, a West Germanic language.


In this particular case, the Ulster Scot Old Fashioned is a little drink I whipped up on a whim, consisting of scotch (in this case, Monkey Shoulder, because that’s what I had on hand) and Tullamore Dew Irish whisky (also on hand). It took a few tries (*hic*) to get the whiskeys and other flavors down (the first attempt included grenadine – do not recommend!) but once I hit it, I knew it was right.

As far as flavors are concerned, the Monkey Shoulder scotch adds a little smokiness, just on the edges of your tastebuds, and the Tullamore Dew keeps everything nice and mellow. Ultimately it’s not a huge leap from your standard Old Fashioned, but there are subtle differences that I think you’ll enjoy.


EDIT: I might consider lowering the simple syrup to .25 ounce. It’s almost too sweet at half an ounce. Stay tuned…

The Ulster Scot Old Fashioned

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Course: Bourbony Original, Recipe, Scotch, Whiskey


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A jolly blend of Scotch and Irish whisky


  • 1 oz. Monkey Shoulder or other blended scotch

  • 1 oz. Tullamore Dew Irish whisky

  • .5 oz. brown sugar simple syrup

  • 3 dashes black walnut bitters


  • Add scotch, Irish whisky, simple syrup, and bitters to a mixing glass
  • Add 3-4 ice cubes
  • Stir about 20 seconds in each direction
  • Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice block
  • Twist an orange peel over the drink, then drop in
  • Give it a swish, and toast your Scots-Irish ancestry

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