Capping off what has been a very exciting first year of trade for istil 38 Superior Irish vodka, the brand’s creative director and co-owner Pippa O’Connor Ormond shares her favourite Christmas time drinks.
In just 12 months, istil 38’s management has launched nationwide, have hired two full time ambassadors and won two gold medals at the prestigious Irish Whiskey awards. Hundreds of bars are showcasing its three flavours in delicious premium cocktails and for the off trade, it is being distributed to Dunnes Stores, Spar, Molloy’s, O’Briens and The Loop at Dublin Airport.
And with the festive season now in full swing, there is no better time to kick back with friends and family over some easily made istil 38 mixed drinks and cocktails at home. That’s why Pippa and her team shot some Instagram videos and photos showing everyone exactly how they can be done. So polish the glassware, fill the freezer up with ice and dust off the cocktail shakers – it’s time to mix it up for Christmas!
istil 38 & tonic
Fill a tall glass with ice, pour in 35 ml of istil Superior Irish vodka and top it up with 150 ml of premium tonic water. Garnish with a lime wedge.
istil 38 Pink Berries & Cranberry
Fill a tall glass with ice, pour in 35 ml of istil Pink Berries vodka and top it up with 100 ml of cranberry. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
istil Irish Mule
Fill a copper glass with ice, pour in 35ml ml of istil 38 Vanilla Vodka followed by 150 ml of ginger ale (or ginger beer for extra spice) and then squeeze in a wedge of lime for some fresh sharpness.
istil Irish Espresso Martini
Chill a martini glass with some ice. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in 50 ml istil Vanilla Vodka along with 100 ml of chilled coffee and 10 ml sugar syrup. Seal the shaker and shake it hard for 20 seconds. Remove ice from the glass, strain the cocktail and garnish with 3 coffee beans.
istil Hot Chocolate
Heat up 250 ml of milk with 1 tablespoon of cocoa, 1 teaspoon of brown sugar and 35 ml of istil 38 Vanilla Vodka. Stir well, pour into a mug and top up with whipped cream and garnish with chocolate powder.
About istil 38
- istil 38 is produced in Meath with grain spirit in a 500 litre copper pot still.
- Owned by Sugarloaf Beverages, a company composed of drinks industry veterans and lifestyle businesswoman Pippa O’Connor Ormond.
- ABV is 38%
- 5c from each bottle sold in Ireland will go towards Hometree for planting native Irish trees.
RRP €35 – Available nationwide to the on-trade from distributors such as Classic Drinks, Comans, Gleeson, JJ Mahon’s, J&C Kenny, Barry Fitzwilliam, GH Lett’s and Slattery’s. Also available at all independent off-licences, O’Brien’s, Dunnes stores, Molloy’s, Musgraves and The Loop at Dublin Airport.