Celebrate World Cocktail Day!

By Rebecca Meade

Celebrate World Cocktail Day!

To celebrate World Cocktail Day we have put together a collection of our favourite Cocktail Recipes, all using spirits produced right here in the Boyne Valley.
The Boyne Valley is home to many distilleries, breweries & cider makers, many of which will be open to visitors in the coming months. If you want to start planning your visit to the regions drinks producers check out our Discover the Distilleries & Breweries of the Boyne Valley Itinerary where you can get all the information on what you can visit, where you can stay & lots more to help you plot your adventure! 
But for now we bring you a collection of delicious cocktail recipes so you can experience a taste of the Boyne Valley in your own home until you can visit us. 
Please share your creations with us using the #BoyneValleyFlavours, we would love to see them!
Please remember to drink responsibly. 

Listoke Gin Cocktails 

Listoke Distillery is a craft gin distillery nestled in the heart of the Boyne Valley on the outskirts of Drogheda Co. Louth. Also home to Ireland's first Gin School which you can visit and taste some of their Award-Winning Irish Gins! Listoke also offer a subscription service where each month they will create brand new, innovative gin recipes that only members will have access to, join The First Sip Society here.

Basil of the Boyne Valley

This cocktail was created by Boyne Valley Flavours Brand Ambassadors Patrick Hanlon and Russell Alford AKA GastroGays for the Cocktails of the Boyne Valley virtual cocktail class in May. It uses a limited editions Chilli Inferno Listoke Gin that is available to buy now on their site (here) but only for a limited time! It also used A Bit On The Side Basil Jelly which has many delicious uses & can be purchased here.

Ingredients

Method

  • Thin the basil jelly in a tbsp or two of water from a recently boiled kettle
  • until pouring consistency.
  • In a shaker, add the jelly mixture with the lime juice, gin and egg white.
  • Dry shake (no ice) for 10 seconds, then wet shake (with ice) for 25-30
  • seconds.
  • Strain into a sour glass, garnish with the lime and chilli

The Listoke Gin Hot Toddy

Ingredients

  • 50ml Listoke 1777 Gin
  • 50ml hot water
  • 1 tsp honey

Method

  • Cinnamon stick and a slice of lemon or orange, to garnish
  • Combine all of your ingredients except the garnish and stir well until honey has completely dissolved. Garnish and serve!

Purchase Listoke Gin & book tickets for their Gin School experience over on their site-

https://shop.listokedistillery.ie/

 Slane Whiskey Cocktails

Nestled deep within the idyllic Boyne Valley on the legendary grounds of Slane Castle, Slane Distillery brings you whiskey that bears our village’s iconic name. A true Irish whiskey, borne of toasted grain and mature malt, and enhanced with our signature triple casked method using virgin, seasoned, and sherry barrels.
This unique maturation creates an exceptionally complex, smooth Irish Whiskey, a testament to the character of the people of Slane and all those who take pride in building their own legacy.

Slane Cold Brew

A post-dinner pick-me-up.

Ingredients
  • 3 parts Slane Irish Whiskey
  • 1 part maple syrup or honey
  • 1 Cold brew coffee
  • Ice
  • 3 Coffee Beans

Instructions

  • In a shaker over ice, add the whiskey, syrup/ honey and cold brew coffee
  • Shake or stir well to dissolve the syrup
  • Strain into glass over fresh ice
  • Garnish with 3 coffee beans
  • ENJOY!

River Boyne Fizz

Ingredients

  • 1 part Slane Irish Whiskey
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • 1 tbsp local honey
  • Tonic water
  • Sprig of mint
  • Lemon wheel
  • Ice

Instructions

  • Pour whiskey into a highball glass
  • Add lemon juice and honey
  • Stir well until the honey dissolves
  • Add ice and top up with tonic water
  • Garnish with a mint sprig and lemon wheel
  • ENJOY!
Purchase Slane Whiskey, find these recipes & more over on the Slane Whiskey site-

Coole Swan Cocktails 

Coole Swan is a unique blend of single malt Irish whiskey, Belgian white chocolate and fresh dairy cream. A taste experience that lingers for you to savour and enjoy. Made in Ireland, and only in Ireland. This multi award winning liquor is perfect on its own or is a fantastic base for lots of beautiful cocktails.

High Society

Perfect for: All year/ Summer, At home/ Celebrations/ Brunch.

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Coole Swan
  • 20ml Vanilla & Rhubarb Infused Gin
  • 2 x Raspberries
  • Mint

Method:

Shake all ingredients over ice. Strain into martini glass slowly. Garnish with a raspberry & mint.

Espresso Martini with a Coole Swan Twist

Perfect for: All year, All Occasions

Ingredients:

  • 25ml Vodka
  • 75ml Coffee Liqueur
  • 75-100ml Coole Swan

Method:

  • Put the coffee liqueur and the vodka into a shaker full of ice and shake for 10-15 seconds.
  • Pour into a cocktail glass
  • Pour the Coole Swan on top of the coffee mix over the back of a spoon to create a layer
  • Serve and enjoy!

 

The Strawberry Daiquiri

Perfect for: Summer, At home/Celebrations

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Coole Swan
  • 25ml White Rum
  • 20ml strawberry liqueur
  • A handful of fresh strawberries
  • Plenty of Crushed ice

Method:

* This cocktail should only be made with the freshest of strawberries. Make sure they are ripe and sweet.

  • For each cocktail place one handful of fresh strawberries in the empty shaker and muddle them gently.
  • Add the rest of your ingredients to the shaker and shake as normal.
  • Strain over a glass filled with crushed ice.
  • Garnish with fresh strawberry.
  • Enjoy!

Purchase Coole Swan, see these cocktails & more over on the Coole Swan site-

Sixling Gin Cocktails

Sixling gin, owned by husband and wife Tom & Nicola Grills launched in August 2018. Sixling is Ireland’s first and only cloudberry gin. Cloudberries were plentiful in Ireland up until the 1800s but are now extremely rare on the island. They source our cloudberries from Scandinavia to offer consumers an opportunity to rediscover a forgotten flavour of ancient Ireland.

Sixling Southside Mojito

Ingredients

  • 50ml Sixling Gin
  • 30 ml Fresh Lime Juice
  • 15ml Sugar Syrup
  •  6 Mint Leaves
  • Lots of Ice!
  • Lime slices for garnish!

Method

  • Muddle together the lime juice, sugar syrup and lime juice.
  • Add the Sixling gin.
  • Add ice and garnish with a slice of lime.

Sixling Pineapple Gin Daiquiri

Ingredients

  • 4 Oz Sixling Gin
  • 1.5 Cups Fresh Pineapple
  • 1.5 Cups Ice cubes
  • 1 Oz Simple Syrup (Optional)
  • Mint to Garnish (Optional)

Method

  • Place Sixling gin, pineapple and ice cubes into a blender and blend until mixture becomes smooth/
  • Add simple syrup to sweeten.
  • Garnish with mint leaves.

Purchase Sixling Gin, see these recipes and more over on the Sixling Gin website-

The Whistler Cocktails

Boann Distillery is a family owned state-of -the-art distillery, producing a range of triple distilled Irish single malt and Irish pot still whiskey, from three handmade bespoke copper pot stills. The handmade traditional copper pot stills have patented inbuilt nanotechnology, that exposes the spirit to 6 times more copper surface during the distillation process, than in a purely traditional still. In 2021 they won 6 awards at the prestigious World Whiskies Awards including Best Single Pot Still New Make 2021.

Recipes from Boann Distillery created by The Social Sipper

Whistler Irish Cream Grasshopper 

  •  2oz Whistler Irish Cream
  • 1 ½ oz Crème de Menthe
  • ½ oz Amaro
  • Shaved chocolate
  • Mint sprig to garnish
Method

Add the Whistler Irish cream, Crème de Menthe and Amaro to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously . Strain into a coupe. Top with shaved chocolate and a garnish with a mint leaf.

Learn more about The Whistler range & shop over on their site-

 


Please share your creations if you give them a go using #BoyneValleyFlavours so we can see them!