Ireland’s global reputation precedes it, when it comes to alcohol. We are widely regarded as having excellent drinks, and enjoying sharing one (or two) with friends.
Though most of these drinks are available worldwide, something about having them on the island of Ireland totally enhances the taste. Don’t believe us? Try them for yourself, and let us know which one you’ll be ordering again.
1. Guinness– Over the past 250 years, the dark ale has evolved into a unique dark stout, which is enjoyed across the globe. According to the company, over 10 million glasses of Guinness are enjoyed daily around the world.
2. Irish Whiskey– The most common types of whiskey distilled in Ireland include single malt, single grain, and blended whiskey. Examples of Irish whiskey include Black Bush, Bushmills, Jameson, Paddy, Powers, and Tullamore Dew to name a few. Jameson is by far the best-selling Irish whiskey in the world, as it has been sold internationally since the early 19th century. The United States is the largest market for Jameson Whiskey. Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey is a blend of our own triple-distilled malt whiskey and a lighter grain whiskey and has picked up 36 awards this year alone. You’ll notice its rich, smooth, warming taste almost instantly. It’s an easy-drinking, versatile whiskey that can be enjoyed neat, over ice, or with your favorite mixer.
3. Tea– Earl, chamomile, green, chai – offer any of these varieties to your average Irish person and they will most likely decline. If it’s not black and doesn’t contain either sugar or milk, then it’s not a cup of Irish tea. Irish tea is a strong blend of several black teas, mostly Assam Indian teas. There are several Irish companies that produce tea, but Barry’s and Lyons are the market leaders and are the cause of rivalry between friends and family!
4. Irish Coffee– Irish coffee is coffee with a kick! This popular after-dinner drink combines coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and freshly whipped cream. If you’re not a fan of the taste of whiskey, you can always opt for a Baileys coffee, which is a smoother, creamier spin on the classic.
5. Bulmers Cider– The Irish have a lot of love for Bulmers (or Magners as it’s called in Northern Ireland). Their tradition of brewing cider has been developed over the past seven decades and continues to be a popular refreshing cider enjoyed around the world. A total of 17 different types of apples are grown in Bulmer’s orchards in Clonmel, Ireland. For many, Bulmers is the official drink of a sunny day in Ireland.
6. Baby Guinness– A shooter, a style of cocktail, or mixed alcoholic beverage, intended to be consumed in one shot. A Baby Guinness contains no Guinness beer. Its name is derived from the fact that it is made in such a way as to look like a tiny glass of stout. It is typically made with Kahlua or Tia Maria and has a layer of Baileys on top, giving the illusion of a “Guinness head.”
7. Harp– This Irish lager was created in 1960 by Guinness in its Great Northern Brewery, Dundalk. It is a minor lager brand in Ireland.