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Cameron's Kick is one of the best Irish whiskey drinks

The Cameron’s Kick Cocktail

Made with equal parts Irish and Scotch whiskey, this drink’s origin is attributed to Harry MacElhone’s 1922 book, Harry’s ABC of Making Cocktails. While no one seems to know who Cameron was, it’s become a staple of the modern cocktail canon. Cocktail historian David Wondrich is generally credited the drink’s revival in the mid-2000s. He first published the recipe in his 2005 book, Killer Cocktails (Harper Collins), which eventually landed it on cocktail menus across New York City. We’re glad he did, because it helped elevate Irish whiskey from mere shot status to cocktail essential.

Recipe courtesy The Cocktail Chronicles, by Paul Clarke


1 ounce Irish whiskey
1 ounce blended Scotch whisky
½ ounce lemon juice
½ ounce orgeat (almond syrup)
Orange twist, to garnish


Combine all ingredients (except garnish) in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with orange twist.

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