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Sugar and spice cocktail

Festive cocktails to try from Craft Cocktails by Monika Coghlan

This book showcases the best of Irish drinks.


'Tis the season to enjoy a tipple or two and Craft Cocktails by Monika Coghlan is jam-packed with Irish recipes for you to try this year. 

Over the past few years, so many great Irish distillers, cocktail bars and mixologists have made themselves known. While we haven't been able to visit many cocktail bars this year, Monika Coghlan's new book Craft Cocktails has helped to bring delicious recipes from around the country home for us to enjoy. 

Did you become an amateur mixologist during lockdown? Well you weren't alone in your new venture - it seems that people up and down the country have invested in cocktail shakers and exciting spirits this year to try create their own bespoke drinks at home. 

If you've exhausted the Old Fashioned and are sick of margaritas, Craft Cocktails is a great guide to help you experiment at your home bar. With its gorgeous design and stunning photographs, the book includes more than 50 cocktail recipes alongside fascinating stories from some of Ireland's leading spirit makers to inspire you to try something new. If you're in need of a stocking filler this Christmas season, this book is a great option - you can purchase it here. 

Try a taste of Craft Cocktails with the two recipes below. 

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Sugar & spice

Get in the Christmas spirit and impress your guests with this sweet and spicy festive cocktail. Spread some holiday magic with Sugar & Spice.

Serves one

  • 30ml Longueville House Apple Brandy
  • 25ml port
  • 15ml thyme and cinnamon sugar syrup
  • 20ml lemon juice
  • Sprig of thyme, to garnish


Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a sprig of thyme.

Recipe by Darren Hogarty and Ross Lewis of Chapter One, Dublin.

The Fashionable Pirate

Simple but sophisticated. It’ll stretch your imagination and take you all the way to the Caribbean!

Serves one

  • 60ml Blacks Golden Rum
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 10ml water
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • Orange peel, to garnish


Stir well with ice for 20 seconds. Strain and serve over a large ice cube. Garnish with an orange peel.

Recipe by Blacks Distillery.

The Fashionable Pirate Cocktail
The Fashionable Pirate Cocktail