Getting into the spirit of St Patrick's Day with some divine drops from the Emerald Isle
St Paddy's Day on March 17 is a perfect excuse to imbibe the Irish spirit and dabble in some Gaelic fun.
Here are cocktails and spirits of Irish descent to get you in the green groove.
1. MOLLY MALONE MULE
With a good kick and plenty of cheer, try this simple serve using the aptly named The Dubliner Irish Whiskey (£23.72, 70cl, www.masterofmalt.com) - a perfect introduction to Irish whiskey, it's 'approachable, warm and smooth', much like the welcoming manner of the Irish.
50ml The Dubliner, juice of a quarter of a lime, ginger beer, lime wedge and a slice of ginger (optional)
Add ice to a copper julep cup. Pour in the whiskey lime juice. Top up with ginger beer and garnish with a sprig of mint, wedge of lime and ginger.
2. BUSHMILLS SPICED MARMALADE SOUR
With a long history - Bushmills is Ireland's oldest working distillery - and triple distilled for a light, pure spirit, Bushmills Black Bush Whiskey (£23.50, 70cl, Sainsbury's) is the front runner of Irish blends with its fruity, spicy, nutty notes, silky smooth palate and long, sweet finish.
Here's a zesty cocktail to try at home.
50ml Bushmills Black Bush, 20ml lemon juice, 20ml marmalade, 1ml angostura bitters 2 individual ginger slices, 1 orange
Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the ingredients, shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with shredded orange zest.
3. TAKING LIBERTIES
Named after one of the oldest (and most raucous) streets in Dublin, 'tis the luck of the Irish to have this limited release as only 31 sherry casks of The Dublin Liberties Copper Alley Irish Whiskey (£65, 70cl, www.harveynichols.com) have been produced.
A 10-year-old single malt that's finished in 30-year-old oloroso sherry casks, it's the second release in The Dublin Liberties range of premium Irish whiskies.
4. PRAISE THE LORD
An innovative spirits brand, Glendalough are reviving the heritage of craft distilling and Ireland's 'golden age of whiskey distilling'. Try their Double Barrel Irish Whiskey (£32.95, 70cl, www.31dover.com) which romped home with a double gold at the San Francisco World Spirits competition and is extremely pleasant to drink.
5. A GIN FOR ALL SEASONS
Don't have a nose for whiskey? Don't worry, Ireland's first craft distillery have unveiled their new all-seasons gin, Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin (£33.95, 70cl, craftgins.co.uk).
Having foraged for Wild Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter Botanicals in previous bottlings, this latest release is beautifully fresh and uplifting and created to capture the changing seasons.
6. FEENEY'S ESPRESSO MARTINI
Cream of the crop, Feeney's Irish Cream Liqueur (£12.45, 70cl, www.dover.com) is dreamy dairy delight. Fresh and sweet with a whisper of chocolate, it's been named the 'best and most luxurious Irish Cream Liqueur in the World', and contains Irish grain whiskey matured for at least three years.