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Irish Breakfast Shot Examined

For many the words breakfast and shot, especially an alcoholic shot, do not seem like they would go hand in hand, or be any kind of good combination. Sounds more like something you would hear a group of college students say the morning after an extremely hard exam or ridiculous party. Maybe it is because this shot is something more of just a strong glass of orange juice, but the Irish Breakfast Shot seems to be easier to accept as a part of the breakfast club then a Jägerbomb.

Basic Irish Breakfast Shot Recipe
Ingredients:

1 oz Irish whiskey of your choice
.5 oz Butterscotch liqueur of your choice
Glass of orange juice
1 slice of bacon

Steps:

  1. Mix Irish whiskey and butterscotch liqueur in a shot glass
  2. Pour orange juice into a glass and place the piece of bacon across the top of the glass
  3. Shoot the mixed shot, chase it with the orange juice, take a bite of the bacon, enjoy!

Basic Irish Breakfast Shooter Recipe
Ingredients:

1 oz Irish whiskey of your choice
.5 oz Butterscotch liqueur of your choice
Glass of orange juice
1 slice of bacon

Steps:

  1. Mix Irish whiskey and butterscotch liqueur in a shot glass
  2. Pour orange juice into a glass and place the piece of bacon across the top of the glass
  3. Drop the shot glass with the whiskey and butterscotch liqueur into the glass of orange juice, take a sip of both at the same time, take a bite of the bacon, enjoy!

Being made up of your whiskey of choice – I will be recommending what I think are the best Irish whiskeys for this shot – a butterscotch liqueur, a glass of orange juice, and a slice of bacon, this odd but yet completely normal combination will leave you amazed. The amazement comes from the fact that if done in the right order (shot, orange juice, bacon), you will be left with the glorious taste of pancakes that have been wonderfully covered in maple syrup on your tongue. Weird but completely satisfying all at the same time, and something that I would definitely recommend trying at least once.

Do not let the name of the drink fool you though; this little bad boy is delicious at any time of the day. Much like a mimosa, which is Champagne and orange juice, or a screwdriver, which is vodka and orange juice, the Irish Breakfast Shot is meant to be enjoyed at anytime throughout the day or night.

As mentioned above, I am going to be recommending what I think are the best Irish whiskeys to put into this drink. I do think that it is important to understand that there is a difference between Irish whiskey and American whiskey, and that this difference may cause a small difference in the taste of the overall drink. Irish whiskey is made primarily or barley, where as American whiskey can be primarily corn, rye, or wheat.

While using either will still give you a great tasting drink, the less sweet flavor of the Irish whiskey helps to balance out the sweetness of the butterscotch liqueur a little better in my opinion; I am also the person who dunks my pancakes into the syrup rather then pour the syrup all over the top because I prefer my pancakes a little less sweet, so take my suggestions as you may and decide what will make your tastes buds water the most.

Hopefully this list will at least give you a starting point or reference for this new drinking adventure. Helping to pick out the whiskey in a drink can be one of the most important aspects of making a decent drink or making a wonderful drink that everyone will be asking for more of. Since whiskey tends to have a strong flavor, picking the wrong one can completely ruin any drink you make. I am positive that you will find at least one whiskey on this list to help you get started.

Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey – $24.99
Being created in the heart of Ireland, you cannot get much more Irish then this fine whiskey right here. This triple distilled whiskey is then aged for years in sherry and old bourbon oak casks. This aging process helps to fully bring out the character and flavor of this smooth and intriguing whiskey. With flavors of everything from spice to lemon, malt to charred woods, this whiskey is an adventure in your mouth with every sip.

Jameson Irish Whiskey – $19.99
This whiskey is probably one of the best known Irish whiskeys, and for good reason. Not only is it a great price, but the taste is exceptional. A bourbon and sherry cask aged whiskey that is smooth and filled with subtle flavors of sweet, spicy vanilla.

Redbreast 12 Yr Irish Whiskey – $66.99
The smell of citrus and biscuits is something that I associate that breakfast, so it is easy to see where this whiskey fits in perfectly with the breakfast theme of our drink. With tastes of brown sugar, orange peel, and vanilla, this whiskey will be great paired with any butterscotch liqueur.

Kavanagh Irish Whiskey– $19.99
Simple and to the point is not only the best way to describe the manufacturing of this whiskey, but also its flavor. Aged in ex-bourbon barrels for over four years, this whiskey is full of nice caramel notes mixed with vanilla.

Bushmills Irish Whiskey – $26.99
Coming from the oldest distillery in Ireland, Old Bushmills Distillery, it is no surprise that this whiskey is worth every cent you will pay for it. There is a depth of sweet honey and smoothness found in this whiskey. Finishing off with a hint of fruit and spice, this whiskey is a must have for this drink.

Malloye Irish Whiskey– $36.99
Smooth, smooth, smooth. With a spicy and sweet start that is full of wood, cherry, nuts, and vanilla, this whiskey is a complete, well rounded drink. This completeness will only help and benefit the flavor of the Irish Whiskey Shot. Making the flavors of the butterscotch and orange juice pair nicely.

Powers Irish Whiskey – $38.49
This whiskey is anything but boring when it comes to the flavor aspect. With tastes and smells ranging from fresh butter, warm biscuits, toasted rye, to green peppers. And finishing off with a sense of spiced earth, honey, cardamom, and green apple, this whiskey is full of a warm depth that will fill you up and make you feel good from the inside out.

Wolfhound Irish Whiskey – $18.99
This whiskey can be described as being a little more on the delicate, or mild side, but do not let that steer you a way from trying it. With a wonderful honeysuckle aroma, which lends nicely to the taste, this whiskey is full of butterscotch, ginger, and vanilla. These easier, and sweeter, flavors help to allow this whiskey to mix will with other drinks. And that is one of the reasons why I am adding it to the list. These flavors with pair perfectly with the flavors of the butterscotch liqueur and the orange juice, and will even help to bring out the natural sweetness of the bacon.

Now that you know the best Irish whiskey to use for this oddly delicious shot, I guess it would be great to know the recipe. If I do say so myself, this is one of the easiest shots to make; there are not a lot of ingredients, and not a lot of steps to making it. This is probably the most basic version of the of the recipe, with only four ingredients and three steps.