The Galway Shawl from 1520 Bar in Galway

The Galway Shawl from 1520 Bar in Galway

It's Irish Cocktail Month and Great Irish Beverages are running a competition to find the best cocktail in all 32 counties that is made using Irish spirits.

Punters can vote for their favourite Irish cocktail from participating venues by using the hashtag #BestIrishCocktail using Facebook and Twitter. The cocktails must be made using Irish ingredients to promote the stellar liquor that is being produced in our very own country.

Even though it's only Monday, we're already thinking about the Bank Holiday weekend! Luckily, we've been given four fab cocktail recipes from the four provinces that we think will be perfect to celebrate the long weekend with.

The Dingle Mingle from Coppinger Row, Dublin 2, Leinster

The dry white wine and fresh thyme in this cocktail bring out the floral wild heather of the gin. A perfect tipple beforefor people watching outsider Coppinger Row before dinner.

Serves 1

  • 35 ml Dingle Irish Gin
  • 70 ml Chardonnay wine
  • 2 bar spoons of peach jam
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme, plus 1 for garnish

Method:

  1. Chill a coupe glass with some crushed ice.
  2. Pour all of the ingredients, excluding the garnish, into a shaker with ice. Seal and shake hard for 10 seconds.
  3. Remove ice from the glass and strain in the cocktail.
  4. Garnish the glass with a sprig of thyme to serve.

Head the Ball from Cask, Cork City, Munster

The good folk in Cask don't just create cocktails, they have their own more local take on these libations, "Corktails." They also have a big grá for using local Irish produce and products, heroes of the Irish bar scene.

Serves 1

  • 40ml Blackwater juniper cask aged Irish gin
  • 20ml wild Irish blackberry and yarrow infused Amaro
  • 2 scoops of Pistachio Ice Cream
  • Crushed pistachio nuts, for garnish

Method:

  1. Coat the rim of a sherry glass with crushed pistachio nuts.
  2. Place the other ingredients into a shaker with ice.
  3. Shake for 10 seconds then strain into a glass to serve.

Ginger Paddy, The Goat's Toe, Bangor, Ulster

This cocktail is a twist on the ever popular Jameson, ginger and lime. Deconstructed and served in a smaller glass, the cocktail still packs a punch!

Serves 1

  • 50ml Jameson Black Barrel
  • 25ml fresh lime juice
  • 20ml sugar syrup
  • Fresh ginger emulsion

Method:

  1. Chill a tumbler glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour the whiskey, lime and sugar syrup into a shaker with ice and shake hard.
  3. Strain into the glass and top with the ginger emulsion.

The Galway Shawl, 1520 Bar, Galway, Connaught

The 1520 Bar takes great pride in shopping and sourcing locally for their food and drinks. The only ingredients in their festival cocktail that aren't from Galway are the Brazilian limes and the whiskey that came all the way from Offaly!

  • 35ml Tullamore Dew
  • 25ml blackberry liquor
  • 30ml egg whites
  • 25ml Galway Honey Syrup
  • 25ml lime juice
  • 5 Irish mint sprigs
  • 2 wild Irish blackberrries 

Method:

  1. Chill a coupe glass with ice.
  2. Add all ingredients to shaker. Shake to emulsify the egg whited, then shake again with ice to chill and blend the berries and mint.
  3. Fine strain the cocktail into the glass and garnish with a mint sprig.

Irish Cocktail Month aims to highlight high-quality Irish liquor and the fantastic bars around the country that stock it. You can find out more about the festival and participating bars at the Great Irish Beverages website. Don't forget to vote for your favourite on Facebook and Twitter using the tag #BestIrishCocktail!