Ireland's favourite cocktail

Winning cocktail features Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin

Claire McGovern

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Claire McGovern

Winning cocktail features Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin

PJ Rigney and Brian Taft of The Shed Distillery

It’s official – Ireland’s favourite Irish cocktail is the Apple Market featuring Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish gin and created by  Waterford Bar - Davy Macs.

The announcement follows last week’s national cocktail festival run by Great Irish Beverages, which featured over 90 venues across the island of Ireland.

All participating venues created a signature Irish cocktail for the duration of the festival and the public was invited to vote for their favourite via social media.

The winning Irish cocktail, featuring Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, Licor 43, fresh mint, fresh apple, sugar syrup and fresh lemon, won the vote hands down.

Oisin Davis of Great Irish Beverages says this is a phenomenal win for Davy Mac’s “This is the second time both Davy Macs and Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish gin are making waves.  Just four months ago Davy Macs Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish gin and tonic was voted the nation’s favourite – and now they’ve done it again.  These Irish festivals are all about bringing Irish drinks to the fore and encouraging the industry and the public to celebrate the supreme quality of Irish spirits, beers and soft drinks.”

P. J. Rigney, the creator of the winning gin says the team at the Shed Distillery is honoured to win this latest accolade: “We are extremely proud to receive this level of recognition from the people of Ireland again.  We are delighted that our gin is so versatile whether on the rocks, served with tonic or in a cocktail. Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish gin is Connacht’s first ever-gin, and only on the market since last May.  We were thrilled that so many of the participating venues across Ireland selected our gin for their signature cocktail.   It shows that customers really appreciate small batch, high quality Irish gin.”

Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish gin is slow distilled by hand with oriental botanicals and gunpowder tea at The Shed Distillery in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim.