The Irish Gift Guide – Drinks Edition

As the title suggests this gift guide is for Irish drinks – not all alcoholic ones either. As always they are in no particular order.

Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin made in Leitrim. I was never a gin drinker until I tried this. It’s just magic and the bottles are special too – check out the limited edition cat bottle and their personalised bottles. The Shed Distillery have just launched their online shop, so happy shopping.

Zesty Citrus Vodka. Awarded Best Irish Vodka at the Irish Whiskey Awards 2019, Zesty is produced and bottled at Lough Ree Micro Distillery in Lanesborough, Co. Longford.

Coole Swan. A delicious blend of single malt Irish whiskey with real Belgian white chocolate and fresh dairy cream. You have to try this one.

Connacht Distillery Whiskey. Made in Ballina, Co. Mayo. I’ve been meaning to go on the tour here so hopefully I’ll get there one day.

Dead Centre Brewing in Athlone. A tight knit crew that relies on friends, family, colleagues and other breweries to create a product that they can truly be proud of.

Lough Gill Brewery. An independent family run brewery with a passion for innovation. They find inspiration all around us from their location in Sligo, along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

The White Hag Advent Box. A Stunning Festive Box of 12 finely crafted beers in Sligo. Box contains 12 x 330ml Cans of White Hag Christmas Cheer. Buy from Hargadons:

Silk Tree Botanics. A non- alcoholic Irish Spirit. A selected blend offering a complex, spicy alcohol free spirit alternative with a citrus zest.

Organic Cider apples from Highbank farm, Drivers Cider is a refreshing non-alcoholic drink for the designated driver with no added sugar or chemicals.

Naturally Cordial based in Co. Wexford. They use local fruit from their neighbours and friends, along with organic citrus fruit, to make sure their cordials are bursting with flavour.

Ponaire Coffee. I’ve heard great things about this company, they have everything for the coffee lover, and even a coffee subscription. Shop here:

King of Kefir. I was told about this company on twitter and they sound fantastic. King of Kefir is Ireland’s and Europe’s first dedicated water kefir brewery using traditional water kefir grains. There are some fantastic flavours here too, including chilli and ginger.

Intelligent Tea. Beautiful botanical brews from native Irish hedgerow plants and flowers. Chemical Free – Caffeine Free – Vegan Friendly

Skelligs Hot Chocolate. This website is a chocolate lovers dream and as for the hot chocolate you can choose milk, dark, white and even spicy cinnamon or fiery chilli, to name a few. Shop here:

Cake Superior have a range of chocolate bombs available to order, just add warm milk and you have a delicious hot chocolate. I’d want one of each to be honest.

So there you have it, my suggestions of Irish drinks. Let me know if you’ve tried any of them.

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