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When it comes to Irish drinks you might think of some of the big beer brands, a classic whiskey and - perhaps more so these days - gin. But there’s more going on with Irish makers, brewers and distillers. If you’re looking to try something completely new or want to check out an alternative to your usual favourite here are 5 great Irish drinks that should be on your radar.
The Gin: Dingle Gin
Co Kerry, Ireland
A popular Irish gin hailing from Co Kerry, makers Dingle have managed to combine the traditions of gin distilling with a dash of innovation. It’s categorised as a ‘London dry gin’ style but has an Irish character all of its own. It’s infused with local Kerry botanicals including rowan berries, bog myrtle, heather and hawthorn. The result is a balance of fresh, floral flavours that pair perfectly with the traditional juniper notes.BUY NOW
Co Meath, Ireland
"An Irish vodka?" you say. Why yes, the nation does produce the spirit and this stylish option is a great example of a truly modern vodka. Crisp and clean, it picked up Gold for Irish Vodka at the Irish Whiskey Awards 2022 and for good reason. Hailing from Co Meath, and utilising natural spring water from the Boyne Valley, the slow copper pot distillation process results in a super-smooth craft vodka.
An award-winner from one of the stars of the Irish whiskey scene, Teeling focused on layers of flavour for this small batch bottling. Fully matured in ex-bourbon barrels, it gets much of its sweet/spicy character from time spent in ex-rum barrels – up to 12 months. Good on its own, it’s also perfect in a classic whiskey cocktail.
Co Meath, Ireland
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Hailed as the world’s first ‘farm to table’ Irish cream liqueur, Five Farms is made with cream from five family-owned farms in County Cork (hence the name) and premium, triple distilled Irish whiskey. Perfect in cocktails - especially an espresso martini – though the quality of the ingredients means it’s great served neat or over ice.
The Craft Beer: O Brother The Chancer 4.6% ABV
Co Wicklow, Ireland
WAS €3.50 NOW €3
We know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover – nor a beer by its can – but Co Wicklow’s O Brother Brewing’s offerings look as good as they taste. The Chancer is their American Pale Ale smooth and if you like bold, fresh flavours this one’s for you. It’s floral on the nose, with fresh, herbal notes, while Cascade hops add citrus notes, and you can expect a fruity, spicy finish.
(Please note: Individual craft beer cans must be purchased in multiples of 12 online due to shipping and packaging restrictions.)
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