Party season: Three tempting Irish cocktails
If there was ever a time to drink cocktails, Christmas is it, and if there was ever a time to give them an Irish twist, it's now. The current Irish whiskey revolution is having an interesting spin-off in the form of some brilliant Irish gins coming on the market, many of them produced as a cash-flow solution while the whiskey matures. It's never been a better time to theme your cocktails with a patriotic twist. (Check out off-licences such as O'Brien's for promotions on Irish gins and other spirits.)
Short and to the point, this classic whiskey-based cocktail is making waves once again. Keep it simple by soaking a sugar cube with a dash or two of Angostura bitters, muddling with a measure of bourbon or Irish whiskey and adding a twist of orange rind. Or head to Teeling's website for their deliciously elaborate version.
See teelingwhiskey.com/category/recipes for details.
Created by Dublin's Candlelight Bar to showcase Glendalough Poitin produced in Co Wicklow, this combines flavours of blackberry, honey, almond milk, tea and black pepper for an intriguing yet achievable concoction.
Visit glendaloughdistillery.com/Glendalough-Cocktail-Poteani for more details.
The Rademon Lady
Created by Adam Walsh of Bronze for the recent Dublin Cocktail Festival, this combines the wonderful Shortcross Gin with grapefruit and lemon juice, some very festive chestnut syrup and a pinch of fennel with creamy egg whites for a velvety yet fresh tipple. See shortcrossgin.com/rademon-lady-by-adam-walsh for details.