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Taste of Dublin: a cocktail lover’s playground

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The days of us Irish being a nation of pint drinks may officially be in the past. Our passion for exotic food has been paired with a taste for new and exciting spirits. There are cocktails bars popping up everywhere and you’ll surely have noticed our new obsession with gin. Gin is most definitely in!

Diageo is bringing a smattering of innovative bars and events to Taste of Dublin this June 14th to 17th in the stunning Iveagh Gardens. While this year’s theme is ‘a food lover’s playground’, there is plenty of fun for the cocktail lover too!

Gin

There are so many gin options lately- it can feel almost daunting. In our quest to become gin experts, we need to concern ourselves with botanicals, processes and top notes. Tanqueray No. TEN is a solid and foolproof choice. Its original inception, Tanqueray, was created by Charles Tanqueray 200 years ago, so no ‘Johnny- come -lately’ to the packed market. Its newest innovation, Tanqueray No. TEN continues to exceed in taste tests and win prestigious awards. The Tanqueray team will be on hand throughout the four days of Taste of Dublin, mixing it up with an array of tonics and sodas with various garnishes to tantalize all taste buds.

 

Vodka

Another trend we Irish have taken to our hearts lately is all things Hygge. We love this Danish idea of warmth, friendship and comfort, but have we thought about incorporating it into our vodka sipping? Ketel One, is a family owned vodka brand and it oozes hygge in how it mixes into a Bloody Mary or Espresso Martini. The Ketel One team will be taking us from day to night during Taste of Dublin with a variety of warming spices and blends.

 

Cocktails At Home

The World Class Bar has become a firm favourite at Taste of Dublin, with good reason. This year the team is producing a masterclass in cocktail making at home. How often have you found yourself pouring a measure with an egg cup because you can’t find the bits and pieces of the cocktail making kit someone gave you years ago?! Well, this class will show us how to mix and shake some of the yummiest concoctions using everyday kitchen items.

 

Tram 21

The Roe & Co Tram 21 ran across the city from 1872-1940, often transporting workers to their distillery on Thomas Street. The gorgeous old-world tram has been resurrected for our enjoyment at Taste of Dublin. Perhaps you could indulge in the nostalgia and order a retro-inspired Roe & Red or a refreshing tasting Roe Mojito, perfect to enjoy in the luscious surrounds of the Iveagh Gardens.

 

The World Class Bartender of the Year competition is internationally recognised as the most prestigious and respected industry competition, bringing together the best bars, the most talented bartenders and the most exquisite spirits from around the world.

Visitors can witness what it takes to be crowned the World Class Bartender of the Year, as the Irish Final comes to Taste of Dublin for the first time. Alan Petrovic from Urchin in Dublin, Barney O’Kane from One Goose Entry in Belfast and Carl D’Alton from Cask in Cork will go head to head throughout the weekend, culminating in the ultimate showdown on Sunday, 17th June.

World Class Bartending Final from Collective Dublin on Vimeo.

To get details of everything on offer at this year’s Taste of Dublin and to purchase tickets on sale from €15, go to tasteofdublin.ie