The announcement follows the recent national Gin and Tonic Festival run by Great Irish Beverages which featured over 100 venues across the island of Ireland.
All participating venues created a Signature Irish Gin and Tonic for the duration of the Festival and the public was invited to vote for their favourite via social media.
The winning Irish G&T, featuring Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin and Elderflower Fever Tree tonic, won the vote hands down.
Davy Macs – described as Waterford’s ‘newest oldest bar’ – only opened last Christmas and already employs 30 staff in the heart of Waterford city with a unique interior décor. The outlet serves over 60 gins covering everything from the exotic to the contemporary, Irish to New World. Gin cocktails are also its speciality and the fully-trained bartenders are always at hand to lead customers in the right direction.
“Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin married with our bartenders who’ve a real passion for mixing great drinks….. it all leads to the best gin and tonic experience,“ explained Bar Manager Sinead McDonagh.
Oisin Davis of Great Irish Beverages stated, “The public are ultimately the real voice when it comes to choosing the best Irish gin and tonic.
“If they don’t love it, they won’t order it. It’s also wonderful to see Irish gins get so much limelight and attention. Our festivals are all about showcasing Irish drink products and we had venues from all round the island of Ireland on board.”
PJ Rigney, creator of the winning gin, added, “This is a huge vote of confidence in Connacht’s first ever-gin, barely eight weeks on the market. We were thrilled that 57 of the 117 participating venues across Ireland selected our gin for their Signature Cocktail. It shows that customers really appreciate small batch, high quality Irish gin.”
Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish gin is slow-distilled by hand with oriental botanicals and gunpowder tea at The Shed Distillery in Drumshanbo, County Leitrim.
Davy Macs receives a full-page feature on the venue on Taste.ie as well as a generous supply of the new Irish Poachers Tonic and Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish gin plus a trip to the Shed Distillery in Drumshanbo, the home of the winning gin.