Cover picture: Grace’s Glory by Timber Doodle, picture credit Dennis Dorwarth Photography.

With St Patrick’s Day around the corner there is no better way to spend the day than sipping on some decadent cocktails – particularly from Irish brands. Not only are there several strong Irish spirits on the market right now, but Ireland is also enjoying a cocktail culture renaissance on a par with any European counterpart.

Bars and restaurants across the country have created exceptional recipes specifically for our national holiday, showcasing innovative talents in mixology on the emerald isle, and what better way to prepare them than with Irish whiskey or gin?

So, with that in mind here is a list of our pick of offerings from some of the top gin and whiskey distilleries in Ireland.

Blackwater Distillery

Blackwater Distillery in Waterford exclusively supplies Aldi with multi-award winning gins and recently worked in conjunction with Café en Seine on Dawson Street and Nolita on George’s Street to create a number of stunning cocktails such as the Volta, the Old Chauncey and the Blackwater Cloverclub.

Blackwater Cloverclub

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Blackwater No5 Gin
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • Two spoons of good raspberry jam or raspberry liqueur
  • 1 egg white

Method:

  1. Put all ingredients into an ice-filled shaker.
  2. Shake vigorously.
  3. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with raspberries.

Grace O’Malley

Grace O’Malley Heather Infused Gin, launched last summer, is a strong contender on the market. Named after the 16th century Irish pirate queen, the brand has also launched a successful whiskey – Grace O’Malley Blended Irish Whiskey.

Grace O’Malley Blended Irish Whiskey Signature Cocktail – Tibbot’s Treasure

Tibbot’s Treasure, a signature cocktail featuring Grace O’Malley Blended Irish Whiskey is named after Tibbot Ni Long, son of the Irish pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley.

Ingredients:

  • 40ml Grace O’Malley Blended Irish Whiskey
  • 20ml Red Vermouth
  • 10ml Oloroso Sherry
  • Decoration: gold dust

Method:

  1. Put all ingredients in a shaker including the gold dust.
  2. Shake over ice and strain into a coupe glass.

Grace O’Malley Blended Irish Whiskey Signature Cocktail – Grace’s Glory

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Grace O‘Malley Blended Whiskey
  • 20ml white port
  • 5ml Antica Qualigia Nocciola or other hazelnut liqueur
  • ½ BS clarified spiced butter
  • Cocoa nibs
  • Peach slices
  • Orange peel
  • Edible flowers

Method:

  1. Stir the whiskey, port, liqueur and clarified spice butter together.
  2. Infuse the mix in a porthole infusion bottle with the other ingredients. You can adjust the quantities of peach slices, orange peel, edible flowers and cocoa nibs to suit your own preference.
  3. Infuse for 10 minutes before serving.

Mór Irish Gin

Mór Irish Gin is located in Tullamore Co. Offaly and was founded by Eoin Barra in 2015. The craft gin distillery comes from a long legacy of distilling stretching back to the 1930s when Eoin’s grandfather was a master distiller of world renowned Irish whiskey.

Basil Gimlet

Ingredients:

  • 40ml Mor Irish Gin
  • 20ml Lime juice
  • 20ml Sugar Syrup
  • 6 leaves Basil

Method:

  1. Add all ingredients to ice shaker with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously.
  3. Garnish with a lime wheel and serve in a coupe glass.

Muff Liquor Company

The Muff Liquor Company is a potato-based spirit company from the village of Muff, Co. Donegal. Its products include new spirits, Muff Gin and Muff Vodka, which are produced with a potato base made from four different types of Irish potatoes, distilled 6 times, to create a clean and creamy texture and both spirits are gluten free and suitable for vegans. The use of potato spirit was inspired by founder Laura Bonner’s grandfather, who was a well-known Irish potato farmer with a penchant for making his own poitín.

The White Negroni

Ingredients:

  • 60ml Muff Gin
  • 30ml Cocchi Americano
  • 7.5ml Suze
  • Orange zest garnish

Method:

  1. Add Muff Gin to a shaker, followed by Cocchi Americano. Shake
  2. Add Suze. Shake vigorously again.
  3. Strain and pour into pre-chilled glassware over ice.
  4. Rub rim with orange zest and use as garnish. Serve immediately.

Teeling Distillery

Teelings Whiskey has a very long and traditional history in Ireland which goes back as far as 1782, when Walter Teeling set up a small craft distillery on Marrowbone Lane in the old industrial heart of Dublin City.

Since 2012, Jack and Stephen Teeling, the latest generation of Teeling whiskey makers, have been running the business and in 2015 proudly opened the new Teeling Whiskey Distillery just down the road from where the original family distillery once stood.

Caramel Cold Brew

Ingredients:

  • 35ml Teeling Small Batch
  • 10ml salted caramel syrup
  • 50ml stout
  • 10ml cold brew

Method:

  1. Chill a large coupe glass with ice.
  2. Add all ingredients into a shaker and shake hard.
  3. Strain into a small shaker and dry shake hard.
  4. Toss ice in glass and double strain.
  5. Garnish with chocolate powder.
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