Shaken or stirred? Corinna Hardgrave asked some of the country's top mixologists for their signature cocktail recipes so you can get creative with your drinks during lockdown
50ml blanco tequila
35ml freshly squeezed lime juice
35ml Cointreau or triple sec liqueur
1 lime wedge
Maldon sea salt
1. Moisten half of the outside rim of a glass with a lime wedge. Roll the outside edge of the glass in sea salt, coating half of the rim. This gives the drinker the option of salt or no salt.
2. Add the other three ingredients to fresh ice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for about 20-30 seconds. Strain into the salted glass and garnish with the lime wedge.
The Ice House Bloody Mary
Red peppercorns, crushed
50ml Straw Boys Vodka (local vodka)
200ml tomato juice
5ml lemon juice
3 shakes Worcestershire sauce
Achill Island Smoked Sea Salt
Pinch celery salt and pepper
3 shakes Tabasco Sauce
A dash of ginger beer
Celery, to garnish
1. Garnish the rim of a tall glass with the crushed peppercorns.
2. Place fresh ice in a cocktail shaker and pour in the vodka, tomato juice and lemon juice. Add the Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco, and a pinch of celery salt and pepper. Shake well, then strain into the glass.
3. Top up with fresh ice, and add a thin slice of celery. Put all ingredients into a mule cup or whiskey tumbler, add cubed ice, mix by using a bar spoon, then add a dash of ginger beer and top with crushed ice.
Urchin at Cliff Townhouse Espresso Martini
50ml Absolute Vodka
25ml Kahlua coffee liqueur
20ml sugar syrup*
30ml espresso coffee
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes, shake vigorously and double strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with coffee beans or chocolate powder.
Peter Mulryan’s Blackwater Clover Club
50ml Blackwater No5 Gin
30ml lemon juice
2 teaspoons of good-quality raspberry jam or liqueur
1 egg white
Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorously until well frosted. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with raspberries.
Oisin Davis’s Homemade Frozen Irish Coffee
By Oisin Davis, Great Drinks Ireland
1 shot glass of Jameson Irish Whiskey
2 shot glasses of coffee
3 tbsp vanilla ice cream
2 tsp condensed milk
1 glass of ice
Fill your serving glass with ice. Pour the Jameson, coffee and condensed milk into a NutriBullet or similar home blender. Put the lid on and blitz for five seconds. Then remove the lid and add the ice from the glass and the ice cream. Put the lid back on and blitz for just a couple of seconds to create a slushie-like consistency. Pour into glass and serve.
Carton House’s Honeycomb Old Fashioned
50ml Woodford Reserve Bourbon
10ml honeycomb syrup (or sugar syrup*)
3 dashes chocolate bitters
Garnish: homemade honeycomb wedge (optional)
Pre-chill your old fashioned glass with cubed ice. Add the Bourbon, syrup and bitters into a separate mixing glass. Top up the mixing glass ⅔ with cubed ice. Stir well with a mixing spoon for 30 seconds. Using a julep strainer, strain the ingredients into the old fashioned glass. If you have it, garnish with a honeycomb wedge.
The Teeling Whiskey Sour
60ml Teeling Small Batch
15ml lemon juice
15ml sugar syrup*
½ egg white
Place all the ingredients into a well-sealed jar, add ice and shake hard. Strain into a glass and add ice, if you wish.
Adare Manor Classic Gin Martini
By Ariel Sanecki, resort mixologist at Adare Manor
70ml Star of Bombay gin
5ml Noilly Prat vermouth
In mixing glass or cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine gin and Noilly Prat. Stir well, for about 30 seconds, then strain into a chilled Martini glass or Champagne coupe. Garnish with olive or lemon twist.
Dillinger’s Is That a Pickle?
1cm fresh cucumber
1 sprig fresh dill
50ml Tanqueray Gin
15ml Green Chartreuse
25ml lemon juice
20ml sugar syrup*
Muddle cucumber and dill. Add the rest of the ingredients and ice in a shaker. Shake for 20 seconds and double strain over fresh ice in a double rocks glass. Garnish with cucumber wheel and fresh dill sprig.
The Shelbourne’s Bramble
By Sean McGoldrick, bar manager at The Shelbourne Hotel
40ml Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin
20ml lemon juice
For the raspberry & apple coulis (20ml):
3 green apples, peeled and chopped
1. This is a half build/half shake cocktail. The first step is to make the coulis. Place the peeled and chopped apples in a saucepan. Add ½ cup of water and the sugar, then bring to a boil until the apples are soft.
2. Next, add the raspberries and allow to simmer for a further five minutes. Add more water if the consistency becomes like jam.
3. Add the mixture to a blender and mix; coulis should be a pale pinkish red and have a smooth consistency. Strain the mixture from the blender to remove pips.
4. Next, add the raspberry and apple coulis to the bottom of a whiskey glass. Add the Chambord and give it a quick stir. Add crushed or cubed ice to fill the glass.
5. Put the Gunpowder Gin, lemon juice and sugar into a cocktail shaker and shake. Then add this mixture slowly to your whiskey glass. The drink should become layered. Add raspberries as a garnish.
1 Channel your inner Tom Cruise with the Quarantini Box, a cocktail-at-home DIY kit from Catch Events, which includes four cocktail ingredients, a shaker, measure, two cocktail glasses, and step-by-step how-to guide for €50; or opt for an ingredients-only box, which also includes the guide, for €35. On sale Saturdays from 12pm-9pm, catchevents.ie. Delivery Mon-Fri, Dublin €6, nationwide €9. Cocktail masterclasses on Instagram Live each Friday at 8pm, @catchevents
2 The Stoneybatter-based L Mulligan cocktail kits focus on one 'hero' spirit each week, with interesting cocktails like Dingle Gin rhubarb sour and an Elderflower and Cucumber Gimlet. Kits with (almost) everything needed to make four cocktails at home include spirits, garnishes, syrups, tinctures and liqueurs. €35 plus postage, lmulliganwhiskeyshop.com
3 777 in Dublin are doing a Margarita take-out, €40 for a pre-batched 750ml bottle, which is enough for five signature strong, authentic 777 Margaritas. And to make a complete night of it, add a Taco Box to your order. Collect from 777 or, with a day's notice, from Dillinger's in Ranelagh. Phone: 01 425 4052, more details @777dublin on Instagram.
4 The Little Pig Speakeasy in Dublin city has freshly-made cocktails like an Old Fashioned and Daiquiri in wax-sealed bottles, 100ml, €9; and 1 litre, €80. Delivery service to wider Dublin once pre-ordered before 6pm, and Dublin city until 10pm, on theblindpig.ie or Deliveroo. Delivery and collection Wed-Sun, 5pm-10pm.
5 Anti Social in Francis Street in Dublin 8 has set up a drink-with-a-click cocktail service, with a Moscow Mule, Pornstar Martini, Margarita, Cosmo, Party Punch and Megamosa kit, available in 500ml and 1 litre bottles, €25-€44. Order online antisocial.ie, collection open Fri and Sat, 2pm-9.30pm; delivery approx €3.50.
6 Old Street restaurant in Malahide has a cocktail take-out menu, with an Old Street Negroni, Strawberry and Chilli Old Fashioned, and Old Street Cosmopolitan (pictured above). Served in glass bottles with a hanging label giving instructions on how to present your cocktail, each is served with a unique garnish, branded coaster, straw and a bag of ice. €8, oldstreet.ie
7 In Galway, The Twelve Hotel's brown bag cocktails feature two new cocktails each week, like an Old Fashioned and an Espresso-Tini, which come vac packed with instructions on how to serve. Available from their drive-through and online for nationwide delivery (€4). Serves two, €12. thetwelvehotel.ie or 091 597012.