Thursday 20 September 2018

Two very simple cocktails - with only three ingredients - to kick off your weekend

A black barrel sour
A black barrel sour
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Irish gins and whiskeys have been undergoing a huge resurgence with the popularity of cocktails in recent years.

An ever-expanding range of premium Irish Whiskeys are popping up, alongside new premium botanical gins.

Supervalu says it is now featuring whiskeys from some of Ireland’s newest distilleries including Dingle, Pearse Lyons, Glendalough, Teelings, Walsh’s and West Cork. 

Worth €243m, Irish Whiskey accounts for over a fifth of total spirit sales (22pc) and is steadily growing at a rate of 1.4pc.  Since 2014 alone, the Irish whiskey category has increased by 10%.

Here are two very simple whiskey cocktails that will get your weekend started:

IRISH MULE

  • Ice
  • 35ml Glendalough Double Barrell Ginger beer
  • Lime wedge

Fill a highball glass with ice and pour the measure of Glendalough Double Barrel over. Stir briefly and top up with ginger beer. Squeeze in some of the lime wedge and garnish with the wedge.

BLACK BARREL SOUR

Sour mixes are the easy way out. This is the 19th century way to make a Whiskey sour, and it still stands tall over 200 years later. The key is to find the right balance of citrus and sugar, but if you follow the recipe you’re in good hands.

  • 50ml of Jameson Black Barrel
  • 25ml of freshly-squeezed lemon juice 15ml of sugar syrup
  • 15ml of egg white 3 dash’s of bitters

Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a cherry and lemon twist. This method let’s the Whiskey do the talking.

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