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The new Irish cocktail delivery service putting the happy back into virtual happy hour

Think a pornstar martini with a punch, a summery spin on the classic Tom Collins as well as a cocktail inspired by a PB&J sandwich.

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Cork city's Electric Bar and Restaurant has launched a crowdfunding campaign in a bid to save their bar with a range of delicious cocktails on offer. 

One hundred years ago, back in March 2020, we were all confined to stay in our homes in order to stop the spread of coronavirus. As a result, we all found ourselves with more time on our hands than ever before. This prompted many of us to take up a new lockdown hobby to help pass the time. Some of us turned to baking, others became plants moms, more knit but the vast majority of us decided to try our hand at bartending. 

With virtual happy hours, Zoom quizzes and weekends spent at home, it made sense to finally dust off that bottle of vermouth and get shaking. We squeezed lime after lime to perfect our margaritas, we sought out vanilla vodka to mix up our own pornstar martinis and we religiously followed Stanley Tucci's negroni recipe. But as time went on and lockdowns were lifted...to then only be put back in place, our cocktail shakers went to the back of the cupboard alongside our bread tins and knitting needles. 

But just because the novelty of making your own cocktails has worn off shouldn't mean you settle for a measly gin and tonic at the weekend. Now, we're not saying you need to dust off your cocktail shaker and root for the bottles of flavoured vodka. Instead, we'd like to introduce you to Electric Cocktails.

An innovative brought to you by the people behind the popular bar and restaurant, Electric in Cork City. Having had their doors shut for over a year now, Electric Bar and Restaurant are raising money via a crowdfunding campaign in a bid to keep Electric in operation and ensure they’ll still be there when it’s safe to re-open again. But rather than just look for donations, Electric wants to give you something in return hence Electric Cocktails.  

Electric Cocktails can be shipped anywhere in Ireland and the UK. The bundles range from €25 - €100 with a delicious selection of cocktails to choose from, and restaurant vouchers are available too. The bar has a superb team of expert mixologists, Carl D’Alton and Traford Murphy who have put their own unique twist on classic favourites as well as coming up with new and creative beverages. Think a pornstar martini with a punch, a summery spin on the classic Tom Collins as well as a cocktail inspired by a PB&J sandwich. The cocktails can be purchased through Electric's crowd-fundraising campaign which you can view by clicking here. There are four cocktails in total on offer:

          • Pornstar Punch - Vodka, passionfruit, pineapple and vanilla...serve on its own over ice or topped with chilled soda water or a splash of Prosecco, garnish with passionfruit or lime.
          • Strawberry Mojito - White rum, strawberry, mint and lime...serve chilled over ice, topped with chilled soda, garnish with a mint sprig.
          • Garden Collins - Gin, apple, elderflower, cucumber and mint...serve over ice topped with chilled soda or tonic water, garnish with cucumber or lemon twist.
          • PBJ - Old Fashioned- Peanut butter whiskey, strawberry, jam bitters...serve over ice, garnish with a strawberry slice.

Not only will you be supporting a business in real need but you'll also be making happy hour fun again. Speaking to FOOD&WINE, owner of Electric, Ernest Cantillon, said:

“After a bout of shameful self-pity, we’ve moved on the acceptance stage about reopening - it’s probable we will not be open for most if not all of this summer. While disappointing, and financially terrifying, we understand and accept why.

The idea behind ‘Electric Cocktails’ was mostly born to keep our sanity. Our bar has been closed for over a year now, and it's been tough to keep motivated and to keep match fit. We’ve been working hard on this cocktail range and wanted to give everyone a little piece of the Electric experience to take home!”

Electric Cocktails can be shipped anywhere in Ireland and the UK. The bundles range from €25 - €100 with a wide selection of cocktails to choose from. To purchase or support Electric's crowdfunding efforts, see indiegogo.com/projects/electric-cocktails#/

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