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We are all about celebrating and promoting Irish made drinks. This takes us all round the world and back home in Ireland we run the nationwide festivals, The Irish Gin & Tonic Fest and Irish Cocktail Month.

After two years of running the Irish Cocktail Fest over a one week period, we’ve decided to up the ante on it all! 

For 2018, it will run a lot longer – please get involved with Irish Cocktail Month. A 32 county celebration of cocktails made with Irish spirits running for all of October! Any licensed premises in Ireland or Northern Ireland can get on board for free by registering on our site from October 1st. 

All participating venues’ details will be listed on our site and divided up by the county. As soon as the festival starts, the public will be asked to vote for their favourite Irish Cocktail of the festival by using the #BestIrishCocktail on Twitter or by telling us on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GreatIrishBeverages. The  winner for 2017 was The Lodge at Ashford Castlewith their  “Wilde’s Atlantic Way” made with Connemara Peated Irish Whiskey. Please stay tuned to our social media for details!

UPDATE!  

We have a winner for #BestIrishCocktail 2018! Give a big hearty shout out to all the crew at The Grand Hotel, Fermoy county Cork. Their spirited creation “Bee Right With You” is an incredible celebration of all things local. To begin with, seeing as they’re located right by the Blackwater river, it would have been rude not to work with the lovely gin from Blackwater Distillery! This is then mixed with house made Fermoy honey bitters and a crystallised calendula flower petals from Botanica Fermoy before being set alight. It is then mixed with more of the Fermoy honey, lime, lemon, a pinch of cinnamon, a splash of premium tonic water and egg white. After being shaken, it’s then strained into an ice cold martini glass and garnished with a honey tuile and some more calendula petals. 

 

The man responsible for this delicious delight is The Grand Hotel‘s leading cocktail whizkid, John Coleman. He has been there for 8 years and his inspiration for the cocktail was a direct result of attending the summer festival, Taste of Fermoy. It was here that he met the good folk from S Bees and Botanica Fermoy who would supply him with the key ingredients from the area for his drink. As the man says himself, ‘I see cocktail creations not just bringing together ingredients, but businesses as well, both big and small. My ethos is to always use Irish spirits and mixers as your base, and look to your locality for other ingredients, be it the farmer’s market, orchard or fruit farm, bee keeper, herbalist or any other businesses.” 
We could not agree more John! This is exactly what our festivals are all about, celebrating Irish spirits and Irish produce. Should you be anywhere near Fermoy in the coming hours, days or weeks, pay them a visit and ask for a “Bee Right With You” at the bar, the #BestIrishCocktail of 2018. Sláinte!

As part of the festival, there were lots of events on including some that we hosted ourselves.

We ran Irish Cocktail Parties on October 13th and 20th in Dublin Bar Academy. For just €25 including booking fee, you could pick up four cocktails made with Irish spirits. Plus there was a special tasting room where you could taste the gorgeous spirits on their own so that you could all learn about what you’re drinking!

 

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