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Like silk being poured into a glass, Guinness is one brand which is synonymous with Ireland. Photo by: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

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Like silk being poured into a glass, Guinness is one brand which is synonymous with Ireland. Photo by: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

Baileys Irish cream

R & A Bailey were responsible for inventing the recipe for the Irish liqueur cream that would take the liqueur world by storm. In 1974 they combined the Irish tradition of distilling whiskey with another great tradition of dairy farming. Baileys only uses cream from Irish cows in their product. They recipe which included cocoa nibs, vanilla pods, caramel and sugar combined with whiskey and cream results in Baileys Irish Cream that's enjoyed the world over.

Baileys Irish Cheesecake recipe
100g/3½oz unsalted butter
250g/8¾oz biscuits such as Digestives, Hobnobs, Oaties. Crushed.
450g/1lb Cream cheese such as Philadelphia
1 slug of Baileys Irish cream
100ml/3½oz icing sugar
200ml/10½oz double cream
60g/2oz chocolate

Method:

Gently melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the crushed biscuits and mix until the butter has been absorbed.

Remove from the heat and, while still warm, press the mixture (using the back of a spoon) into the bottom of a lined 23cm/9inch springform or flan tin. Leave to set for one hour in the fridge.

While it is chilling, grate the chocolate. Set aside in the fridge if your kitchen is warm.

In a bowl, whip the cream until it forms soft peaks.

In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese until it is soft. Beat in the icing sugar and a shot of Baileys. Fold in the whipped cream and three-quarters of the chocolate. When the mixture is smooth, smooth it evenly onto the biscuit base.

Refrigerate and allow to set for at least two hours. If you can bear to leave it overnight, so much the better.

To serve, remove from the tin and decorate. You can either sprinkle the remaining grated chocolate over the top for a simple finish, or add some individual chocolates and flakes for a more elegant and ceremonial dressing.

Club Rock Shandy

The original Club Orange was the first orange soft drink to come on the market in Ireland. Oliver Grace was the man behind juicy beverage. In 1950 Club Lemon was launched as sister product. Some time later a director of the C&C drinks group would discovered a new drink by accident. Frank Murphy from Blackrock in Co. Dublin always enjoyed mixing the Club Orange and Club Lemon, resulting in a refreshing drink which would become known as Club Rock Shandy.

Poitin

This lethal concoction is usually made from remnants of barely or potatoes. Also known as Moonshine the distillation of the spirit has been banned in Ireland since 1661 because of its high potency. Despite this many people continue to distill the beverage for personal consumption. Some Irish companies such as Bunratty Irish Potcheen distill a beverage which is significantly weaker than the traditional tipple.

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