Whiskey and Gin Winter Holiday Cocktails from Boann Distillery

Whiskey and Gin Winter Holiday Cocktails from Boann Distillery

As party season gets underway, Co. Meath distillery, Boann, has put together some tried-and-tested winter cocktail recipes to enjoy the festive season.

The four gin cocktails use the award-winning distillery’s Silks Gin, which launched this year and quickly picked up a gold medal at the Beverage Testing Institute Awards 2021.

Silks Gin’s signature botanicals are hand-foraged from the family’s orchard to produce a floral forward contemporary style gin with bright citrus and sweet florals on the nose. 

Whistler Double Oaked Whiskey forms the base of the Spiced Pear cocktail. A hand-selected, premium Irish whiskey crafted in small batches using some of Ireland’s finest malt and grain whiskeys, this winter spice cocktail is sure to please.

Or there’s the Whistler Irish coffee using the Whistler Cream liqueur, which combines the freshest Irish cream with the finest Boann Distillery Single Pot Still spirit.

The Whistler Irish Coffee


1 oz The Whistler Irish Cream

1 oz The Whistler Double Oaked Irish Whiskey

8 oz hot coffee

1 tsp brown sugar


Pour the coffee into a clear mug

Stir in the brown sugar until dissolved

Stir in the Irish Cream and Whiskey

Top with whipped cream, cinnamon, and chocolate shavings

The Whistler Spiced Pear Old Fashioned 


2 oz Whistler Double Oaked Whiskey

1 oz spiced pear syrup

2 dashes Angostura or Walnut Bitters

Orange Peel

Pear Slice


Pear Syrup ingredients

1 ripe pear cut into cubes

½ c sugar

1 c sugar

Cinnamon stick

Star anise


In a rocks glass add the syrup, Whistler whiskey, and bitters.

Add ice and gently stir until blended and the ice dilutes slightly

Spritz orange peel over the glass

Garnish with sliced pears

To make the pear syrup:

Combine all of the ingredients in a small sauce pot

Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer

Simmer on low for 10 minutes

Strain while pushing on the pears to get as much juice as possible

Silks Elderflower Gin Fizz

Light, Bubbly and refreshing. A real celebration cocktail.


50ml Silks Irish Dry Gin
25ml elderflower liqueur
25ml lemon juice
Prosecco, to top up
Lemon peel twists, to garnish


Pour gin, elderflower, and lemon juice in a shaker and combine.

Pour into a champagne coupe and top with chilled prosecco.

Garnish with a lemon twist and serve immediately.

Classic Silks Gin and Tonic

Classic, fresh and floral. The perfect pour for every occasion.   


50ml Silks Irish Dry Gin
150ml tonic water

Slice of red apple and juniper berries to garnish


Fill a highball glass with ice.

Pour over 50ml Silks Irish Dry Gin.

Top up with 150ml good quality tonic water.

Add red apple slices and juniper berries to garnish.

Silks in the Bronx

Flavourful, fruity and sweet. A unique twist on a classic.


50ml Silks Irish Dry Gin

25ml Dry Vermouth

15ml Sweet Vermouth

Craft Apple Cider to taste

Apple pleat to garnish


Fill a cocktail shaker with Ice.

Pour over gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds.

Strain into a chilled martini glass and top up with apple cider.

Garnish with an apple pleat.


Silks Apple Bee


50ml Silks Irish Dry Gin

25ml lemon juice

25ml apple juice

25ml honey syrup

Apple slice and Sage to garnish


Fill a cocktail shaker with Ice.

Add the Gin, lemon juice, apple juice and honey syrup. Shake to combine and strain into a glass.

Garnish with an apple slice and sage leaf.

To make honey syrup :

Dissolve honey in a 1:1 ratio with warm water