Stock your drinks cabinet with these impressive Irish brands this summer

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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 for the Irish Made Awards 2022. 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. Six carefully appointed individual tasting rooms are available for private and corporate hire, as well as a high-end AV lounge, café, bar and retail areas which are now open for daily tours and tastings.

Have you got a drinks business based here in Ireland? Be sure to enter the Irish Made Awards now! Deadline is 31 May 2022. For details on how to enter, see the Awards page, and FAQs here.

Meet the past Drink winners and runners-up of the Irish Made Awards:

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.

Craft Cocktails’ bottled drinks

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.

Dublin City Gin 70cl €45)

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 rose gin made with wild, heritage and unique damask roses to a garden party in the coming months.

Glendalough distillery, Rose Gin (€37)

Kinsale Mead Co: Our 2021 runner-up, Kinsale Mead Co is 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.

Kinsale Mead Company’s Hazy summer mead

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!

Cloudpicker, Colombia | Santa Rita – Organic (€10.20)

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.

Aiteal Irish Gin 70cl (€38)

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