Words: Emily Mullen
Faced with the closure of their award-winning pub during the pandemic, the team of bartenders at BAR 1661 headed up by Dave Mulligan created Craft Cocktails. Launched in October 2020, the team hand-mix and pour ready-to-go cocktails from their Dublin 7 premises, and sell them direct to customers through their website and in over 20 stocklists nationwide.
Supplying thirsty Irish people with a bartender-quality tipple has grown Craft Cocktails into one of the pandemic’s success stories. With the team announcing that cocktails will continue after BAR 1661 reopens.
Craft Cocktails have now expanded their line, adding Banana Old Fashioned, French Martini and Whiskey Sour to the mix, the new cocktails will be rubbing shoulders with bestsellers like Tommy’s Margarita, Mai Tai and Pornstar Martini.
All the cocktails have a six-month shelf-life, including the Whiskey Sour which has been made up with Bulleit Bourbon blended with Roe and Co whiskey, with lemon, orange, bitters. The Banana Old Fashioned has been given a Caribbean feel with overproof rum, banana liqueur and chocolate bitters, swimming in Bulleit Rye Whiskey. While the French Martini is a classic mix of vodka, pineapple, and black raspberry liqueur, with a little Irish raspberry wine to give an extra summery feel.
Made with 100% natural ingredients using fresh fruit, handmade syrups, cordials and infusions by the award-winning bartending team.
“These flavours offer something new and exciting and complement our commitment to flavour and premium natural ingredients while ensuring a six-month shelf life, keeping it simple to be served straight from the bottle, poured over ice,” the team said.
The bottles are available to buy in either 200ml sizes for €12.50, 700ml for €35 and a mixed bundle of six 200ml bottles €75.
Craft Cocktails are stocked in 20 retailers nationwide, including Lotts & Co, Decent Drinks Club, Hen’s Teeth Shop & Gallery, and many more, for a full list of their stockists or to order online click here.
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