Gin (and tonic) is definitely our drink of choice from June 22nd to 27th as we toast Dublin’s inaugural Gin & Tonic Fest.
The festival is brought to us by Great Irish Beverages, who are intent on getting behind and promoting Irish drinks. The inaugural Dublin Gin & Tonic Fest will only feature Irish gin brands: Glendalough gin from the Glendalough Distillery, Co Wicklow; Dingle gin from the Dingle Whiskey Distillery, Co Kerry; and Shortcross gin from Rademon Estate Distillery, Co Down.
Every venue will all be selling their special Irish G&T at a 30% discount to wristband holders. Wristbands are available from participating venues at €5 each
So what’s on the menu? Well, at Yamamori Izakaya it’s freshly picked wild heather alongside Dingle gin. At Peruke & Periwig they’ve a citrus kick from a grapefruit wedge and a sprig of fresh basil with Glendalough gin. And Upstairs @ Kinara Kitchen is serving Shortcross gin with Fever Tree tonic garnished with lemon and edible flowers.
Naturally, Gin Palace Dublin on Middle Abbey Street is on board. In business 13 years, the Victorian style bar boasts one of Irelands largest selections of gin. Their festival special is called ‘The Wicklow Way’ featuring Glendalough gin & Fever Tree tonic.
Coppinger Row, Dublin’s first bar to offer an entire G&T menu, will be serving two specials during the festival. Both will feature Shortcross gin, one will come garnished with green apple dusted with black pepper and served with Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic and the other will come with red apple and blackberry and served with Fever Tree Indian tonic.
What about high G&T (ie from a teapot)? That’s how they’ll be doing theirs at Rock Lobster. Stay tuned for more participating outlets, food pairings and G&T specials coming soon.
All images courtesy Great Irish Beverages