Whether you’re looking to raise a glass yourself or looking for the perfect Christmas gift, gin is always a good idea.
It’s no secret that Ireland has a strong affinity with gin. With over 60 gin distilleries in the country and more than 1,500 variations of gin on the market, it has become a staple spirit for any occasion, impressively trumping rum and vodka in popularity. Whether sipped on in an outdoor terrace or mixing up gin-based cocktails for lockdown evenings at home, we're undoubtedly enjoying a 'ginaissance' (we'll see ourselves out).
But why is it so popular? Aside from gin coming in a broad range of prices to suit every budget, there are a vast amount of different flavours to enjoy thanks to a growing number of distilleries now experimenting with new botanicals and interesting combinations. From blood orange gin to salted caramel gin, raspberry gin to rhubarb and apple gin, happy hour has never tasted so good.
And with Christmas just around the corner, gin sales are only expected to soar. But not just any old gin, whether you’re agonising over just the right present for a loved one or fancy a special bottle of something for yourself, put down the base of your usual G&T for something a little different.
Launching earlier this year, Stillgarden Distillery proved that not even a global pandemic can get in the way of your passions. The brainchild of Viki Baird and her husband Pat, the pair teamed up with master distiller Éanna Burke to create their own distillery. Determined to be more than ‘another craft gin place’, Stillgarden Distillery offers visitors the chance to make their very own bottle of a gin as well as experience a historical adventure, botanical exploration, special tastings, demonstrations and a tasty lunch from local caterers.
While the coronavirus pandemic forced them to delay their opening, this didn’t slow them down. Guided by the distillery’s ethos of ‘science, community and nature’, they began by creating a community garden in an area of derelict wasteland outside the Dublin 8 location, where the distillery is located. What's more, Stillgarden Distillery came up with the initiative to make hand sanitiser for the local community.
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Now with their doors shut again thanks to the second government-enforced lockdown, Stillgarden Distillery has launched their gin and bottled cocktails, both being sold online. And as the festive period arrives, Stillgarden Distillery has created a number of festive gifts to ensure this Christmas is one to remember. Most notably, the 'Stillgarden Xmas Box'. A Christmas cake flavoured gin with notes of festive spices such as cinnamon, ginger and star anise, distilled using the traditional pot still method is presented in a themed gift box alongside beautiful highball glasses, reusable copper straws and two gift cards for a Garden Tour.
So, because we want the best for you dear readers, we've teamed up with Stillgarden Distillery to giveaway the 'Stillgarden Xmas Box'. Plus! There are also two gift cards for their renowned cocktail masterclass up for grabs.
How to win:
To be in with a chance of winning this festive prize worth over €120, simply answer the question below and fill out the following form. Good luck!
T&Cs apply. Entrants must be 18 years or older. This prize cannot be exchanged for cash and is non-transferrable. Editor's decision is final. Winner will be contacted by email and if they do not respond within a day, a new winner will be selected. Open to residents in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland only. One entry per person. Competition closes Friday, December 4th.