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Irish Whiskey Pie

Updated on December 13, 2012

Dessert .. This is really good and not too heavy!

Great-Grandma wrote on one of her recipes, "If this pie is too perfect, there is one drawback: This dessert is sure to overshadow the corned beef and cabbage main course."

Chances are you'll buy some Irish whiskey - for Irish coffees, of course. But Irish whiskey can add punch to so many other dishes, like Standing Rib Roast with Spinach Porcini Stuffing and Irish Coffee Carmel Mousse.

Give this Irish Whiskey Pie a try, and don't waste a precious drop. No matter how stuffed your guests are after the main course, everyone will make room for this stunning sweet.

See more ideas in our Traditional Irish Recipes.

Whiskey makes the world go 'round

Too much of it makes it spin.



The Irish love their whiskey. There's not enough in this recipe to make you dizzy but if your man is in the house, shoo him out before he sneaks more whiskey into the pie.

Irish Whiskey Pie
Irish Whiskey Pie

There are about as many variations of this pie as there are pubs in Ireland. I will give you my Great-grandmother's recipe.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 30 min.

Total Time: 2 1/2 hr.

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 chocolate ready-to-use pie crust (usually just as good as homemade)
  • 1/4 cup Irish Whiskey
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 2 3/4 cup whipped topping
  • 1 Tablespoon mint jelly
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • separated
  • green food coloring (optional .. I don't use it)
  • 2/3 cup light cream
  • dash of salt

Instructions

  1. Custard Mixture:
  2. ~Combine gelatin, 1 Tablespoon sugar, and salt in saucepan.
  3. ~Beat egg yolks lightly. Add egg yolks, cream and whiskey to gelatin mixture.
  4. ~Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens slightly.
  5. ~Stir in mint jelly.
  6. ~Chill until mixture begins to thicken.
  7. ~Beat egg whites to soft peaks. Beat in remaining sugar until mixture holds a stiff peak.
  8. ~ Fold meringue and 2 cups whipped topping into custard mixture. (If you are adding green food coloring here is where to add to desired shade.)
  9. ~Turn mixture into crust.
  10. ~Garnish with remaining whipped topping and refrigerate until firm.
  11. ~Let stand at room temperature for 2 hours before serving.
  12. Variation:
  13. To serve as individual desserts, prepare as directed dividing the gelatine mixture evenly among eight 4-oz. custard cups or serving glasses before chilling. Top evenly with the whipped topping and a few almonds just before serving.
Cast your vote for Traditional Irish Whiskey Pie

I-rish I had an Irish Whiskey Pie! - Yum!

Photo: Courtesy of Creative Commons.

As I was doing my research I found many variations of the Irish Whiskey Pie recipe and many of these don't resemble Great-Grandma's recipe at all.

The recipe looks as though it was used often. It reminded me of some of my favorites. A dab here and a drop there soon makes them messy .. but doesn't change the end product. The Irish Whiskey Pie is delicious!

Do you have a favorite family pie recipe? ( Please tell us what it is.)

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Celtic Folklore Cooking - A fabulous cookbook

This is absolutely an awesome cookbook. Being Irish, wanting to go to Ireland, and loving to cook made this a "must have." Highly recommended for anyone who likes to cook.

If you'd like a good reference book, chock full of recipes your family will love, try "Celtic Folklore Cooking."

Grandma's Apron - Funny but true!

Gramma's Apron
Gramma's Apron

If you're going to do some Irish cooking, you'd better grab yourself an apron.

But before you jump up to do that, please read the following.

I don't think our kids know what an apron Is.

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few.

It was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material,

but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.

After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the Fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it wastime to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

REMEMBER

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.

Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.

They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.

* I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron.

Pie Eating Contest

Pie Eating Contest
Pie Eating Contest

Courtesy of Creative Commons Flickr Dennis Vu Photography for Unleashed Media

There is nothing quite as wonderful as to find a freshly baked pie cooling in the kitchen with the sweet, enticing fragrance filling the room.

This is one of the best homemade pies I have ever tasted and I know that you will love it too.

I hope that you will make one of Great Grandma's pies today. Will you make one soon?

GREAT GRANDMA's GUEST BOOK - Comment please.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love Irish whiskey and I love pie, so this sounds like the perfect dessert to me!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Oh I want to have corned beef dinner one of these days.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Lovely lens. This pie sounds fantastic. We have not had the corned beef dinner - I think we will now. It is time for this Squid Angel to go to bed, but luckily I have one more shake of angel dust to give. :)

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      Andy 4 years ago from London, England

      Excellent recipe. I shall give this a try.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      I have found this lens very informative, now i know how to make Irish Whiskey Pie

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Yuumm! Sounds delish! Thanks for sharing a treasured family recipe! B : )

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      LornsA178 4 years ago

      The pie looks good and sounds really delicious. I would love to have one slice now!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Sounds delicious!

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      chinchilla-cages 5 years ago

      This I have to try! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      Enjoyed your lens - thank you!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @alex89 lm: It just might at that! Thanks for writing and your squidlike.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @queenofduvetcover: It is delicious! The whiskey is baked off but there is a distinctly different flavor that I really like!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @getmoreinfo: I've always been the pie-maker in the family so I have quite a few pie recipes too!

      Thank you for visiting me here.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @writywrite: It gets my family's vote too!

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      alex89 lm 5 years ago

      I'm more of a pumpkin pie person myself, although I bet some Irish whiskey would improve that recipe too!

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      I love pies! This one looks and sounds delicious..can't wait to try the recipe!

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      This is my first time seeing this recipe, very interesting. I have some favorite family pie recipes too.

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      writywrite 5 years ago

      Very tasty i like it :))

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @JoshK47: 'Tis! Thanks for the visit, comment, squid-like AND blessing! I'll return your visit soon.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Rangoon House: It is very tasty! Try it you'll like it!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      This sounds positively tasty - thanks for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Thank you Laraine for this delicious recipe - I can taste it already, but I am sure my imagination isn't even up to the job on this one. Blessings.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @rob-hemphill: If you like Irish Whiskey, you'll love the pie! Thank you for your visit.

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      Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

      This recipe looks wonderful, anything with Irish Whiskey in it must be great! Will have to try it sometime.

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

      Oh - I so adore your Grandma! I love that quote from her up top. ***Blessed by a SquidAngel***

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      I hope i will find some time to made a pie very soon!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Tom Maybrier: It is great. Just make sure that you keep the whiskey for the pie! Just kidding.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @SquidooPower: I hope that you get a chance to have it now.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: It's a favorite of mine. I hope that you enjoy it too.

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      Tom Maybrier 5 years ago

      Wow, this pie sure sounds great.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @TonyPayne: Poddy, the merinque is like the lemon pie but it definitely doesn't taste like lemon pie. I have a bunch of recipes but I need time to try them out before I post them. Thanks for the visit.

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      I have never heard of this and I lived in the UK for several years. Great lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks, I am going to try this recipe.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I love pies and deserts, this sounds really good. The photo looks like it's similar to Lemon Merengue in texture, but obviously a different taste. Nice to see Grandma's recipes being kept alive, blessed.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @PNWtravels: Vicki, I promise you that you won't be disappointed. Thank you for visiting and blessing this lens.

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      What a delicious sounding recipe and a wonderful lens. I think I may have to try whipping up a pie using your great grandma recipe.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Close2Art LM: Great Grandma was Irish and as I look through her recipes I am finding a lot of funny comments. I love the Irish humor. Thanks for visiting. I'll be seeing you shortly.

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      You had me at whisky, I love your Grandmother's note that it might overshadow the meal, that is so neat she added that. I like the part too about getting your husband out before adding the whisky, very fun recipe lens, Blessed, haven't tried it yet but I'm sure it's great

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Anthony Altorenna: Thank you for blessing this lens, Anthony. I hope that you get a chance to try the pie. It truly is awesome.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: I know, Tipi. Along with the recipes great gramma left, there were a number of aprons, still in good shape. They were probably ones that she just wore on special occasions.

      Thank you for your visit and blessings.

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Your family whiskey pie recipe sounds awesome! Thank you for sharing your family traditions.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I can certainly see how your Great Grandma's Irish whiskey pie could overshadow ever the corned beef and cabbage everyone is looking forward too! You brought me back down memory land as back in the 50's and 60's those aprons were still in use by many of the older ladies where I grew up and did come in handy for so many uses.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: You'll love it. (I hope.) I'll be sure to drop by and visit your lenses soon.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @TheWritingnag: Thank you for your blessing and comments. I'll be to visit soon.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'd never heard of this before--sounds great--I'm sure I'll be trying this! Thanks for sharing it!

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      Writing Nag 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      This looks so delicious! Great job on Irish Whiskey Pie.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Johanna Eisler: So sorry, Gerald. Perhaps the Boston Cream Pie could be adjusted for you.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @cdcraftee: Loved this comment, you sound like you are 'almost' Irish. I'll be seeing you again soon, cd.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      Can we make a different pie for Gerald? He'd love it, but can't eat the gelatin. I'll eat his.

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      Christine Larsen 5 years ago from South Australia

      Love this lens, Laraine Rose...takes me back many years to a night we spent making our own Irish Cream - with a bottle of the real stuff on hand, to compare, and keep

      adjusting our recipe (with more Whisky, amongst other ingredients) And we did adjust it...frequently! Finally, it was near impossible to tell the authentic from our recipe...or so we agreed, most cheerfully! The good news was that it was still THAT good next time, when it was our first 'tasting' of the night...and has remained a most thoroughly 'tried and tested' favourite ever since!

      Love the apron story, too...oh yes....unbelievably, my mum-in-law had the almost identical apron you describe, all the way the other side of our world!

      Christine (chuckling)

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @julieannbrady: Dear Julie,

      Please come to dinner. Do not eat anything all day because we are going all out and are having a fiest tonight. Bring your best buddy with you. Whiskey Pie is the featured dessert and I know that you're going to love it!

      You know where we live. Lover's lane, Lake Country, B.C. Canada.

      Your Squidoo friend,

      Laraine

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @goo2eyes lm: Good.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Well, my dear Laraine ... I knew I really liked you before, but after hearing about the Irish Whiskey Pie? Hey, invite me to dinner, please! I'll free up my schedule ... I seriously could use a big slice right about now ... I am all tuckered out from working in the yard. Ah, Irish Whiskey ... here's to your health ... and mine too!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      yes, i will.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @tvyps: Funny, but I think you'd be one of the ones shooed out of the kitchen.

      Thanks for the blessing.

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I get this one! Use a little in the recipe...take a nip, put a little more in ...take a nip...take a nip, take a nip...hahaha! I get that warm feeling just thinking about it! Blessed!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @WillBorden: Hi, my pie taster. Thank you .. I know that you like it. :)

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Kelvinroger: Lots of pie left over. Maybe I'll bring some to you when I visit you soon.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @TheresaBesaw: I hope that you will make it for your mum. Mums sort of like that especially if it is something from their homeland. I'll be visiting you soon.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @lasertek lm: I made lots for everyone. The doors open OR you might want to make it yourself. Sure is easy. I'll be dropping by to visit your lenses soon.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @naugleb: I'm so happy that you stopped by. I hope that you will try a piece of pie. I'll be to see you soon.

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      WillBorden 5 years ago

      Hi Laraine,

      Wow, does your terrific lens ever make Irish Whiskey Pie sound enticing- well, it certainly is good and now maybe many others will give it a try!! Fine work, as always!!

      Sincerely,

      Will

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @TanW: Thanks TanW. I'm heading over to see what you've done.

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      Kelvinroger 5 years ago

      yummy yummy food love your lens

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      TheresaBesaw 5 years ago

      Can't wait to try this pie. My mom will love it since it's Irish. Thanks for the great lens and I loved the tale of the apron.

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      lasertek lm 5 years ago

      I would like to try this pie. Thanks for sharing.

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      naugleb 5 years ago

      Great Idea! Sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing. Great Lens!

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      TanW 5 years ago

      It's looks and sounds amazing. Will definitely give it a try.