I'm literally just home from the launch event for the 2nd Dublin Cocktail Fest, courtesy of Great Irish Beverages, and I'm really enthused about some of the very tasty drinks that I've sampled. The whole event is a wonderful recognition of the fantastic cocktail scene in Dublin and the wonderful flourishing Irish distilling industry.
|La Voyage, featuring Shortcross gin, from Koh restaurant|
The festival will take place all over Dublin city between October 12th to 17th in 30+ venues. Each venue will offer a specially designed drink, and the added twist this year is that all cocktails will feature an Irish spirit or liqueur as their main ingredient.
Which venues are taking part?
The list is too long to name each venue individually, so head on over to the website to find out the latest details.
|From Barrel to Pots, with Glendalough Double Barrel Whiskey, from Candlelight|
If you've ever attended on of the Dublin Fests before, then you'll know how it works. Get yourself a festival wristband, which cost €5 and are on sale at each of the venues. The wristband is valid for the entire week and will get you access to each venues' specially created cocktail at a 30% discount. If you want to hunt out some extra value, or add a food deal, visit TheTaste.ie who are offering a wide range of vouchers across all the venues.
Why use Irish spirits and liqueurs?
Unless you've been living under a bridge, you'll surely be aware that the Irish craft beer and distilling industry is thriving once again. Distilleries are opening all over the country, producing everything from single pot still Irish whiskies, gins, vodkas, poitiíns and liqueurs. In the Irish whiskey business alone, exports are expected to double by 2020 and double again by 2030. It's a dizzying time to be involved and Irish bartenders are taking full advantage.
|The Amber Martini, featuring Kalak vodka, from Drury Buildings|
As you sample the very best cocktails, make sure to vote on Twitter or Facebook for your favourites by using the hashtag #BestIrishCocktail. Voting opens on October 12th at 6pm and will close on October 18th at 6pm.
Finally, don't forget the festival hashtag #DublinCocktailFest