Words: Emily Mullen
If you like pina coladas and walks in the summer sun on Bank Holiday Weekends
Come June 7th pubs and restaurants around the country will be dusting down tables, arranging themselves real nice and flinging their doors open for the onset of outdoor drinking and dining. The announcement has caused sites to crash, saturated systems and led everyone around the country to lick their collective lips in anticipation. We all know the glasses we are going to clank against our teeth first, but for those who are looking for an amble in and around town, here are the top 13 drinks to slurp on this sunny Bank Holiday Weekend:
It’s easy to catch bubble tea fever, especially in the summer months. The buoyant bubbles double as a kind of meal in a drink, as soon as the thermostat rises. Bubble tea is just one of the many strings in Xi’an Street Food’s bow, the teas have been hitting the gram by storm in recent weeks, no doubt down to their beautiful ombre hues. The team are offering up flavours like grapefruit, and passionfruit with coconut jelly in either tea or milk bubble fixes from their spot in 28 Anne Street, you can follow them on Instagram for more information.
Bloody Marys are typically the drink of choice for rattled indulgers, gulped down after a hefty night. But Clanbrassil Street’s 57 The Headline’s take on a Bloody Mary certainly looks capable of assuaging more than just dry wretches. Made up with a “large” helping of vodka with tomato juice, the drink is topped off with the bar’s hot sauce which has spent no less than four months fermented. You can find 57 The Headline at 56-57 Clanbrassil Street Lower, Dublin 8, follow them on Instagram for more information.
It might sound counterintuitive to cool yourself down on a hot day with some dairy, but lassis are one of the most refreshing beverages out there. These mango ones from Tiffin by Sunil Ghai are being slung out in Charlesland in Greystones. Clocking in at just €3, you get a tall takeaway container filled with delicious yoghurty mango pulpiness, perfect to grab on the way to the seaside. You can find Tiffin by Sunil Ghai in Unit 4, The Charlesland Centre, Greystones follow them on Instagram for more information.
While we patiently wait for Rascals HQ to reopen on June 7th we must console ourselves in the meantime with their cans. Serial collaborators, Rascals latest one is with co. Down brewers Hopfully Brewing. The limited edition run is a beer called Siamese Dream, it’s a 4.5% pale ale brewed with coconut, pink guava and lime. The Rascals team have promised that the drink “reaches every corner of the palate with aromatic sweet pink guava, lime zest and coconut”. Siamese Dream is available in a single case or mixed with one of our core beers or another limited edition release, from most independent off-licenses or directly from the Rascals website.
The Fade Street team have been beavering away for the last couple of weeks, creating some truly magnificent new drinks for their reopening menu. They’ve debuted a new one called Violet Femmes (see what they did there) ahead of June 7th, it looks as pretty as a peach and as distinct as a violet. The drink is made up of Beefeater gin, bitter truth violet liqueur, lemon juice, homemade rhubarb and lavender syrup and egg white. You can find the Bar With No Name on Dublin 2’s 3 Fade Street, follow them on Instagram for more information.
Bonobo’s new takeaway cocktail range looks dangerously delicious. Their new Gin Bramble is made up of gin, creme de mure, lime and cloudy apple. If that doesn’t whet your whistle there’s another cocktail called Enzoni, which looks equally lush, made up of tequila, campari infused with strawberries, muddled grapes, lemon and sugar. The cocktails all come in extremely IG-friendly bottles which are perfect for that picture-perfect picnic that you have planned. You can find Bonobo’s in Dublin 7’s 119 Church Street Upper, Inns Quay, follow them on Instagram for more information.
Surely high up on the Summer ’21 “to try list” are the Sake Slushies from Hen’s Teeth. The slush looks cartoon perfect with even a ruby red cherry on top and a striped straw. This particular slushie is cherry flavoured which claims to have a sweet and sour taste to it, but Hen’s Teeth have been known to do yuzu and passionfruit sake slushies. You can find Hen’s Teeth in Dublin 8’s Blackpitts, Merchants Quay, follow them on Instagram for more information.
This drink from L’Gueuleton looks like the June Bank Holiday in drink form. The Rosé Spritz has all the hallmarks of summer to it, it’s a spritz, it has rose and it has grapefruit. The Fade Street spot is also in a handy spot to mosey around to and enjoy a drink or two. Find L’Gueuleton on Dublin 2’s 1 Fade Street, follow them on Instagram for more information.
Given the trainwreck of the past couple of months, it’s perhaps a little surprising that one of the most hyped wines of the summer is a low-alcohol one. Either way, the inhabitants of Dublin can’t wait to get their grubby little paws on BAJO VOLT, the lightly sparkling Spanish wine which clocks in at 5.5%. You can find Decent Drinks Company at Rialto’s The Circular and to buy online visit their website.
The hallmark of a truly special drink has to be its limited availability. Pimms is one of those special drinks, reserved for Wimbledon and the handful of sunny Summer weekends that we are issued each year. The Bath Pub know the drill and have launched their Pimms drink just in time. You can find The Bath Pub in Dublin 4’s 26 Bath Avenue (beside the Aviva), follow them on Instagram for more information.
There’s a lot of dreams being held in that little pouch. Box Burger are selling Bray Bré which is their signature frozen cocktail. The frocktail is made from Absolute vanilla vodka, passionfruit puree, lime juice and topped off with a dash of prosecco. The pouches are perfect to grab on the go and enjoy while you have a wander along the seafront. You can find Box Burger on 7 Strand Road, Bray, follow them on Instagram for more information.
The restaurant and greengrocers Forest Avenue have only gone and released their own line of rose. The wine has been crafted by winegrower Florent Rouve and is a blend of grenache, syrah and cinsault grapes from the Languedoc region. Each grape is harvested and vinified separately, gently presses, and fermented in stainless steel, leading to what the team have described as a “fresh, dry, vibrant” rose. While you should never judge a book by its cover, the same can be said for a wine and its label, the design chosen by Forest Avenue is taken from artist Paul Hughes’s particularly stunning brush strokes. As with anything Forest Avenue touches, it’s bound to sell out quick. You can find Forest Avenue on 8 Sussex Terrace, Dublin 4, follow them on Instagram for more information.
We won’t hear of it being too hot for Guinness, that point is moot and void when placed against the unavoidable evidence that the pubs have been closed for 400+ days and it’s been impossible to get a proper pint in that time. Guinness must be drunk on June 7, it doesn’t have to many, it just has to be in a glass, it must be enjoyed fully, and a milky moustache must occur. It doesn’t matter where the pint comes from just as long as it’s had. Honourable pint pourers would be James’s Street’s The Malt House, Neary’s on Chatham Street, Mulligans on Poolbeg Street and Searson’s on Baggot Street.
Please drink responsibly, for more information visit www.drinkaware.ie
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