Danny Joyce | Editor
Whiskey and Gin Winter Holiday Cocktails from Boann Distillery
As party season gets underway, Co. Meath distillery, Boann, has put together some tried-and-tested winter cocktail recipes to enjoy the festive season. The four gin cocktails use the award-winning distillery’s Silks Gin, which launched this year and quickly picked up a gold medal at the Beverage Testing Institute Awards 2021. Silks Gin’s signature botanicals are hand-foraged from the family’s orchard to produce a floral forward contemporary style gin with bright citrus and sweet florals on the nose. Whistler Double Oaked Whiskey forms the base of the Spiced Pear cocktail. A hand-selected, premium Irish whiskey crafted in small batches using some of Ireland’s finest malt and grain whiskeys, this winter spice cocktail is sure to please. Or there’s the Whistler Irish coffee using the Whistler Cream liqueur, which combines the freshest Irish cream with the finest Boann Distillery Single Pot Still spirit.
The Whistler Irish Coffee
Ingredients: • 1 oz The Whistler Irish Cream • 1 oz The Whistler Double Oaked Irish Whiskey • 8 oz hot coffee • 1 tsp brown sugar Directions: • Pour the coffee into a clear mug • Stir in the brown sugar until dissolved • Stir in the Irish Cream and Whiskey • Top with whipped cream, cinnamon, and chocolate shavings.
The Whistler Spiced Pear Old Fashioned Ingredients: • 2 oz Whistler Double Oaked Whiskey • 1 oz spiced pear syrup • 2 dashes Angostura or Walnut Bitters • Orange Peel • Pear Slice • Ice
Pear Syrup ingredients: • 1 ripe pear cut into cubes • ½ c sugar • 1 c sugar • Cinnamon stick • Star anise Directions: • In a rocks glass add the syrup, Whistler whiskey, and bitters. • Add ice and gently stir until blended and the ice dilutes slightly • Spritz orange peel over the glass • Garnish with sliced pears
To make the pear syrup: • Combine all of the ingredients in a small sauce pot • Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer • Simmer on low for 10 minutes • Strain while pushing on the pears to get as much juice as possible.
Silks Elderflower Gin Fizz Light, Bubbly and refreshing. A real celebration cocktail. Ingredients: • 50ml Silks Irish Dry Gin • 25ml elderflower liqueur • 25ml lemon juice • Prosecco, to top up Lemon peel twists, to garnish Directions: • Pour gin, elderflower, and lemon juice in a shaker and combine. • Pour into a champagne coupe and top with chilled prosecco. • Garnish with a lemon twist and serve immediately.
Classic Silks Gin and Tonic Classic, fresh and floral. The perfect pour for every occasion. Ingredients: • 50ml Silks Irish Dry Gin • 150ml tonic water • Ice • Slice of red apple and juniper berries to garnish Directions: • Fill a highball glass with ice. • Pour over 50ml Silks Irish Dry Gin.
• Top up with 150ml good quality tonic water. • Add red apple slices and juniper berries to garnish.
Silks in the Bronx Flavourful, fruity and sweet. A unique twist on a classic. Ingredients: • 50ml Silks Irish Dry Gin • 25ml Dry Vermouth • 15ml Sweet Vermouth • Craft Apple Cider to taste • Apple pleat to garnish Directions: •Fill a cocktail shaker with Ice. • Pour over gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth.
• Shake vigorously for 15 seconds. • Strain into a chilled martini glass and top up with apple cider. • Garnish with an apple pleat.
Silks Apple Bee
Ingredients: • 50ml Silks Irish Dry Gin • 25ml lemon juice • 25ml apple juice • 25ml honey syrup • Apple slice and Sage to garnish Directions: • Fill a cocktail shaker with Ice. • Add the Gin, lemon juice, apple juice and honey syrup. Shake to combine and strain into a glass. • Garnish with an apple slice and sage leaf. To make honey syrup : Dissolve honey in a 1:1 ratio with warm water.
For more information on Boann Distillery visit boanndistillery.ie Slán go fóill,