All made in Ireland, these drinks will make you want to plan a summer picnic or garden party with your family and friends when the good weather hits
We can’t wait for sunny days outside with great cocktails and delicious food surrounded by our loved ones. From handcrafted gin to coffee beans with personality, these amazing and unique Irish Made Awards Drinks category winners and runner-ups are ones who will bring your drinks game to a next level. Use local ingredients and garnishes like mint, basil or watermelon and bright berries to create extra special drinks this summer.
We are delighted to welcome Powerscourt Distillery who are proudly supporting our Drinks Category once again. Powerscourt Distillery is a unique whiskey distillery located on the Powerscourt Estate. Home to Fercullen Irish Whiskey, the distillery & visitor centre opened to the public in May 2019.
Here’s what they had to say about being involved in the Irish Made Awards again this year: “Having recently initiated our own “Spirit of Wicklow” awards to celebrate the Extraordinary Spirit and uncompromising mindset of Wicklow and its people, seen every day in our communities, businesses, services, wonderful craftsmanship and culture and in our connection to our unique and beautiful landscape, we are honoured to participate in a nationwide celebration of the very best Ireland has to offer.
“At Powerscourt Distillery we appreciate the unique and extraordinary spirit it takes to start to business and the belief, resilience and hard work to build a business, so we are delighted to support The Irish Made Awards again this year the celebrate this Extraordinary Spirit.”
Meet the past Drink winners and runners-up of the Irish Made Awards:
Kinsale Mead Co: The 2022 winner of the Drinks category was Kinsale Mead Co was also our 2021 runner up! It’s Ireland’s first meadery in 200 years and was founded to resurrect the lost art of mead making using age-old recipes and natural ingredients. They ferment their range of meads in the Kinsale meadery, using a range of Irish fruit and honey. Products range from €22 to €35.
Craft Cocktails: The 2021 winner is Craft Cocktails. Their range of premium bottled cocktails is made in Dublin 7 using only 100% natural ingredients and some serious bartender know-how from the team at Dublin’s BAR 1661. Including classics like Pornstar Martinis, the collection now has 11 core cocktails in small and large sizes, as well as zero alcohol options.
Dublin City Gin: Dublin City Gin is our 2020 Irish Made Awards drink winner. First launched in 2016, the dry gin is handcrafted with carefully selected botanicals, and an interesting recipe they prepare includes Organic Rhubarb grown along the Grand Canal in Dublin. Enjoy this wonderful premium gin over ice in your friends company.
Glendalough Gin: Our 2019 Irish Made Award winner, Glendalough Gin, was created by a group of friends from Wicklow who had a passion to revive the heritage of craft distilling in Ireland. Founded in 2011, Glendalough Distillery now produces whiskey and gin right in the middle of Wicklow Mountains, that are renowned for their natural, scenic beauty. Bring this gorgeous wild botanical gin to a garden party in the coming months.
Ballykilcavan Brewery: The 2022 runner up was Ballykilcavan Brewery. This brewery is based on the family farm in Stradbally in Co Laois, and unveiled a new visitor centre in a renovated 200-year-old mill on the property in spring of 2022. The beers include Bin Bawn Pale Ale, Blackwell Irish Stout and Millhouse IPA.
Cloud Picker : Our 2020 Irish Made Awards runner-up was established in 2013 by Frank Kavanagh and Peter Sztal. Cloud Picker coffee isn’t just roasted in Dublin, it’s chosen for its personality as they go beyond the usual places to find their various coffee beans. They ensure the beans are picked at the right time for their full flavour and they support small producers. Sustainability is also at the top of their core values and so their packaging is compostable. Try their coffee and you will be excited to get up in the morning for another cup!
Aiteal Irish Gin: Another runner-up in the 2020 Irish Made Awards was Aiteal Irish Gin by Lough Ree Distillery. Their business is all about connecting the gentle pace of rural Ireland with the confidence of new technology. Their Aiteal is distilled using only Irish Juniper and Irish Whey Spirit, making it a 100% Irish Gin. Serve with classic, Mediterranean or elderflower tonic and a wedge of lime this summer.
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