The second annual Irish Cocktail Fest, a 32-county celebration of cocktails made with Irish spirits, is just about to kick off in the Emerald Isle. If you’re in any of the four provinces from October 9th to 14th be sure to support the local bars taking part!... We know you will.

Great Irish Beverages is all about shining a light on the fantastic drinks being produced in Ireland along with the amazing bars and restaurants that are championing them.

As soon as the festival begins, the public may vote for their favorite cocktail by using the #BestIrishCocktail hashtag on Twitter or by telling Great Irish Beverages all about it on their Facebook page. The winning venue can then lay claim to having the finest Irish Cocktail on the island of Ireland!

From October 9th to the 14th any bar, restaurant or hotel in Ireland and Northern Ireland can get involved. All they need to enter is a love for supporting Irish drink products and to showcase a cocktail made with one of our official Irish brands for the duration of the festival in their venue. Registration is free and can be accessed easily by hitting their website  www.greatirishbeverages.com.

In addition to the nationwide promo, all the Irish spirit brands involved in the festival are hosting a variety of individual events such as food pairings and cocktail classes. All updates will be posted on the Great Irish Beverages website and their social media pages.

On October 14th Great Irish Beverages will be hosting a closing party at Eastside Tavern on Leeson Street, Dublin 2 from 6 - 9 pm. For just €10 plus booking fee, ticket holders will be able to sample a host of different Irish spirits and enjoy a complimentary Irish cocktail made from a special menu we're creating for the finale!

Tickets are limited and are available here.

The premium Irish spirits that we are working with this year come from every province in Ireland.

 

ULSTER

Bushmills Black Bush

Shortcross Gin

 

MUNSTER

Dingle Distillery Gin & Vodka

Jameson Black Barrel

Powers Gold Label

Green Spot

 

CONNAUGHT

Connemara Single Malt

Gunpowder Gin

The Pogues Irish Whiskey

Von Hallers Gin

 

LEINSTER

Egan's Irish Whiskey

Glendalough Double Barrel & Wild Botanical Gin

Liberties Whiskey

Mad March Hare Poitín

Poacher's Premium Irish Mixers

Roe & Co.

Slane Irish Whiskey

Teeling Whiskey

Writer's Tears

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