International Poitín Day

November 17, 2021

Raise a glass to Ireland’s rich history of spirit production with delicious Poitín cocktail recipes

Poitín goes back into the mists of time in Ireland and is synonymous with this country. 360 years ago, the story of Poitín took a fork in the road when the English based Government put a tax of fourpence a gallon on all spirits, with Poitín producers opting not to pay and thereby gaining it’s illegal status.

Today, a number of distilleries across the country (see accompanying map) are proudly giving a new lease of life to this famous tipple, creating a range of products rich of character, steeped in history and full of flavour.

Once illegal, Poitín is now protected in law at an EU level with a Geographic Indication (GI). This means it must be made in Ireland and follow a certain production process, to be labelled and sold as Poitín. This grants Poitín similar status to that of Champagne, Parmesan and Irish whiskey.

Poitín is a versatile spirit and the perfect base for a white spirit cocktail.

To celebrate International Poitín Day (tomorrow, 18th November), Poitín makers that are members of Drinks Ireland|Spirits are highlighting some of their most popular cocktail recipes and signature serves.


An A-Z* of Poitín Cocktails…


Straw Boys Poitín from the Connacht Distillery


Straw Boys Poitín cherry basil smash


  • 60ml Strawboys poitin 20ml lime
  • 15ml basil syrup
  • 15ml maraschino cherry syrup 4 x maraschino cherries
  • 4 basil leaves
  • Garnish: with basil leaves

Basil syrup was made by blending 15 basil leaves with 50grams of sugar and ⅛ of lime zest. Then take an equal proportion of basil + sugar and boiling water and mix. This is your basil simple syrup.


  1. Add all the ingredients to the shaker tin and muddle gently. 5-6 presses should do it.
  2. Then when properly crushed up, shake with ice and dump everything into old fashion/ tumbler glass and garnish with a basil leaf.


Bán Poitín from Echlinville Distillery

Bán Belfast Coffee


  • 30ml Bán Poitín
  • 60ml Cold Brew Coffee
  • 15ml Rich Demerara syrup
  • Double cream
  • Freshly grated nutmeg.


  1. Stir Bán Poitín, Cold Brew Coffee and Demerara syrup over ice
  2. Pour, add double cream and sprinkle with freshly grated nutmeg


Mad March Hare Irish Poitin from Intrepid Spirits

The Mad March Mule


  • 30ml Mad March Hare Poitín
  • 60ml Poachers Ginger Beer
  • Half a Fresh lime
  • and two to three dashes of Mad March Hare bitters (or Angostura).


  1. Mix Mad March Hare Poitín and Poachers Ginger Beer in a shaker tin
  2. Squeeze and dropped in half a Fresh lime
  3. Add two to three dashes of Mad March Hare bitters (or Angostura)
  4. Top with ice cubes.


Glendalough Mountain Strength Poitín from Glendalough Distillery

St. Kevin's Garden

Glass: Old School flute


  • 50ml Glendalough Poitín
  • 10ml Lemon juice 20ml Honey
  • Four Mint leaves
  • Two Thyme sprigs
  • Two Blackberries


  1. Muddle the blackberries, mint and thyme in a shaker tin, add the lemon juice, honey and finally the Glendalough Poitín.
  2. Shake well with ice
  3. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a herbal blackberry flower.


Micil Poitín from Micil Distillery

Micil Poitín Sour


  • 50ml Micil Poitín
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 15ml sugar syrup
  • One egg white


  1. Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously without ice.
  2. Add ice and shake again.
  3. Double strain into chilled glass.


Spirit of Dublin Poitín from Teelings Distillery

Apple of my eye Poitín cocktail


  • 40ml Teeling Spirit of Dublin
  • 60ml Apple Juice
  • 20ml Honey Syrup


  1. Add all ingredients to a container or shaker.
  2. Shake well with cubed ice
  3. Garnish with an apple slice, fesh mint and/or cinnamon stick and enjoy!


* A-Z by distillery /company name

Please enjoy responsibly.