Will a UFC Lightweight Champion stand a chance between an undefeated eleven-time five-division professional boxing world champion in the upcoming boxing match known as “The Money Fight”? If you’re having friends over to watch the fight, it’s a perfect occasion to put our all-American whiskeys to the test against its Irish counterparts. Regardless of who wins the fight, you’ll win your guests over with these drinks!

Irish Whiskey Smash vs. American Whiskey Cider

Do you prefer honey or mint with your whiskey? That’s the question your guests will have to decide once they try these two cocktails. The classic smash combines a citrusy flavor with a hint of sweetness while the Honey Whiskey Cider is a true taste of the South with a bold honey sweetness.

1) Irish Whiskey Smash

1/4 Lime
8 Mint, fresh leaves
2 tsp Agave nectar or simple syrup, light
1 Ice
2 oz Irish Whiskey

Place the mint leaves, lime wedges, and agave in the bottom of a cocktail shaker or Mason jar and muddle just enough to release juices and oils. Add the whiskey and top with a small handful of crushed ice. Cover and shake vigorously for 30 seconds to combine. Transfer to an old-fashioned or similar glass. Pile more crushed ice on top. Garnish with additional mint sprigs.
(Source: http://www.wellplated.com/whiskey-smash/)

2) Honey Whiskey Cider

2 oz. Honey Whiskey
4 oz. Apple Cider (or Apple Juice)
1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
1″ piece of Honeycomb to garnish
Cherry and/or Lemon Wedge to garnish

Add the Whiskey to an ice filled rocks glass. Next, add the cider and lemon juice, and stir. Garnish accordingly, add a couple of sipping straws, and start enjoying your delicious Honey Whiskey Cider!
(Source: http://www.hamptonroadshappyhour.com/honey-jack-cider)


Creamy Shots

Everybody needs a small dose of sweetness and these creamy shots are the perfect dessert while watching the fight. The Honey Badger is the perfect combination of creamy rum, with honey whiskey, while the classic Irish Car Bomb will get everyone feeling energized with its combination of Stout Beer, Irish Whiskey and Irish Cream Liqueur.

1) The Honey Badger

1 part RumChata
2 parts Honey Whiskey

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into a clear shot glass.
(Source: http://www.rumchata.com/recipe/the-honey-badger)

2) Irish Car Bomb

½ oz. Irish Cream Liqueur
½ oz. Irish Whiskey
1 can Stout Beer

1. Pour the Irish cream and the Irish whiskey into a shot glass in a layered effect.
2. Pour the Stout into a pint glass until it is 2/3 full. Allow a few seconds for beer to settle.
3. Position the shot glass over the pint glass and drop it in the beer. Drink it immediately before it starts curdling.
(Source: http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink7774.html)