Many of these distilleries set out with a plan to produce a number of different spirits. The Irish may be famed for their Whiskey but it takes years to produce, so many distillers make Gin (we've talked about our favourite Irish Gins before) and Vodka while their Whiskey matures.
Ireland is a beautiful country, the land is rich with crops, plants and botanicals, perfect for distilling great Spirits. A number of Irish Gin producers use locally foraged botanicals in their recipes, giving the Gins a unique flavour. We’re here to celebrate all of those flavours this St Patrick’s Day, with some of the best G-inspired recipes, activities and drinks.
Best Irish Gin Distillery Tours
The exclusive tour and tasting features a guided talk through some prohibition style cocktails, and the ticket price includes a bottle of Boatyard Double Gin to take home.
For the more discerning drinker, try a little visit to the Listoke Gin School, where visitors will tour the distillery, try different Gin styles and learn about various botanicals before designing and distilling their own Gin to take home.
Gin & Food pairings
Cheese boardStrong flavours can provide a great juxtaposition to a juniper-heavy Gin such as Boatyard Double Gin. Try an extra mature cheddar, or a creamy blue; the salt in them will open up your tastebuds and the flavours in your G&T.
The Devil’s Hoof cocktail
In a shaker, add 50ml of your favourite Irish Gin (we like Bertha’s Revenge), five basil leaves and muddle together.
Add 30ml of Limoncello, a dash of lemon bitters, cubed ice and shake. Strain and pour into a glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a fresh basil leaf.
Chill a Martini glass, and in a shaker add 60ml of your favourite Irish Gin, 30ml of orange liqueur, 15ml fresh lemon juice, and two teaspoons of strawberry jam.
Add cubed ice and shake vigorously. In the Martini glass, add half a teaspoon of jam to the bottom, then strain the cocktail into the glass.