old fashioned handcrafted cocktail

It’s March which means that Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and Lake Effect is the perfect place to celebrate the holiday with your friends. If you’re thinking about ordering something different—and more sophisticated—than green-dyed beer, Lake Effect has the perfect drink for you—the Irish Old Fashioned.

The traditional Old Fashioned, originally known as the Whisky Cocktail, is a classic cocktail. It’s a little sweet, a little boozy with the perfect amount of aromatics. It’s a relatively simple cocktail but the flavors are big and complex., is made with a rye or bourbon whiskey that has been lightly sweetened with sugar or simple syrup. It’s topped off with orange bitters and ice.

At Lake Effect we’re taking our handcrafted cocktails to the next level, with our freshly Irish-inspired version of the classic Old Fashioned. We’ve taken this ever classy cocktail and turned it on its head to create something truly unique and delicious. It’s the perfect drink to kick your St. Patrick’s Day off right.

  • Tullamore DEW Irish Whiskey. You can’t make an Irish-inspired cocktail without a good Irish whiskey. Tullamore DEW Irish Whiskey is the second-highest selling Irish whiskey brand in the world. It is an incredibly smooth, almost creamy, triple-distilled, triple blend whiskey that has been aged in ex-bourbon and sherry casks giving the whiskey unmatched complexity. The whiskey is a little sweet with a bit of spice and has caramel aromatics. It is the perfect base for Lake Effect’s Irish Old Fashioned.
  • Guinness Syrup. Is there anything more Irish than Guinness? This dark stout beer is a favorite worldwide and with very good reason. Guinness is known for its notes of chocolate and coffee. It’s a beer that is hoppy but is also creamy and smooth. There is a roasted flavor to it that comes from the specially roasted, unmalted barley that is added during the brewing process. It complements the Tullamore Whiskey perfectly.
  • Black Walnut Bitters. You couldn’t call this drink an Old Fashioned without bitters. For this cocktail, Lake Effect picked black walnut bitters to add aromatics and extra flavor to their Irish Old Fashioned. These bitters have a naturally nutty flavor with some hints of cola and cocoa. They are the perfect accent for the Guinness syrup and Tullamore whiskey.

The Irish Old Fashioned is not only delicious, but it’s also full of Irish charm. You’re definitely going to want to order one next time you’re at Lake Effect.