The winner of the Best Cocktail in Ireland has been announced 11 months ago

The winner of the Best Cocktail in Ireland has been announced

DO try this at home!

A few days ago, the Irish Cocktail Festival took place all across the country, with bars from all 32 counties taking part and coming up with their own unique creation to put forward for the prestigious award of Best Cocktail in Ireland.

Each of the entries had to include an Irish spirit as part of the concoction, in order to qualify for the "Irish" part of the "Best Irish Cocktail" award, which makes sense, really.

At the closing party, the winner of the prize was announced, and if you want to try it, you better be living in (or at least willing to travel to) the far West of the Country.

The prize went to The Lodge at Ashford Castle in Cong, County Mayo, for their cocktail Wilde's Atlantic Way (that is a picture of it up top, btw), which included the Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey.

Ingredients you'll need if you want to make this at home yourself are:

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  • Connemara 12 year peated whiskey
  • Homemade Bitters
  • Brown Sugar
  • Dillisk Atlantic sea salt
  • Dry ice
  • A square of turf from someone's garden (??!!)

We're not entirely sure if they're joking about that last ingredient or not, but the jury described the cocktail as follows:

"Inspired by the rugged landscape and the magnificent ancient beauty that is the west coast of Ireland. This peaty coastal cocktail resembles the harsh yet beautiful western shores of the Emerald Isle, whilst the salt and seaweed-infused fog help to take you to the edge of the Cliffs of Moher. A must try for any lovers of whiskey and adventure."

Trip to Mayo, anyone?