Following on from the very popular great gift ideas blog post I’ve decided to do one dedicated to drinks. Once again these are from businesses thinking inside the box, the pubs in particular are closed due to the pandemic but they’ve come up with ways that you can support them and treat yourself or a loved one to a fantastic gift. All of these offer Nationwide delivery in Ireland, and some deliver to other countries.
First up is Thomas Connolly in Sligo. This is a heritage pub which was first licensed in 1861. Think of snugs and bags of atmosphere, live music, and friendly faces. This place is one that you must put on your list if you visit Sligo. They have some fantastic whiskey gift boxes, they also have merchandise, including hoodies, t-shirts and more, and they host The Sligo Whiskey Society.
Kinsale Mead have a variety of their drinks for sale, they also have Talk and Tasting evenings where you can spend an hour with the mead makers. You’ll be exploring mead and honey through Irish tales, myths and history, and sampling a selection of Kinsale Meads.
Step into the curious mind of PJ Rigney at The Shed Distillery. This is the home of Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin, there’s a fantastic tour that you have to go on when it opens again. I’ve written about it here. Anyway I’m rambling, check out their shop here, they sell their range of drinks and a range of merchandise too.
The Grace O’Malley whiskey and gin brand is dedicated to the legendary Irish pirate queen, Grainne Ní Mháille/Grace O’Malley, also known as Granuaile. They sell a very interesting sounding gin infused with Irish heather, they also have a range of whiskeys. You can shop here.
If you like beers check out Craft Central, they have over 250 beers on their website and they have offers starting at 4 cans for €10. You’ll be spoilt for choice. Find them here: https://craftcentral.ie/
Love cocktails? Check out the Lockdown Box from the Bourbon Bar. I heard Claire Ronan talk about this on Ocean FM and they sound great. There’s even a non-alcoholic version so no one feels left out. https://www.bourbon.ie/shop/
Coole Swan is a gorgeous smooth liquor. One of my favourites, you can buy online in Ireland and also some other countries. More details are on the website.
Blackwater Distillery have a Taster box, every other month, a delightful box will arrive direct from their distillery to your door, delivering two completely unique & experimental 200ml gins /spirits crafted exclusively for you. https://blackwaterdistillery.ie/blackwater-tasters-club/
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. https://kingofkefir.ie/
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: https://skelligschocolate.com/shop/hot-chocolate/
If you are ever in Ballina call to Dave’s Deli and Gourmet Coffee Shop. Dave has a variety of coffee on his website, including the Death Wish blend! https://www.davesdeli.ie/shop
Intelligent Tea. Beautiful botanical brews from native Irish hedgerow plants and flowers. Chemical Free – Caffeine Free – Vegan Friendly https://intelligenttea.ie/
Silk Tree Botanics. A non- alcoholic Irish Spirit. A selected blend offering a complex, spicy alcohol free spirit alternative with a citrus zest. https://www.silktreebotanics.com/
Let me know if you try any of these, and of course drink responsibly.