Top 10 Drinks in Ireland

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 | By

Ireland may be famous for Irish whiskey and Guinness.   That’s not all the locals drink, though.  You’ll find plenty of popular adult beverages during your trip to Ireland.  To get you on your merry way, here is a the top 10 list of drinks in Ireland from Tenon Tours’ very own Taryn Harrison.

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  1. Guinness. My favorite. You’ll see this on almost every tap in every pub.  The thick, smooth stout goes down easy.  If you find yourself in Dublin be sure to visit the Guinness Storehouse where you’ll get a taste directly from the Guinness factory and learn to pull the perfect pint.
  2. Black ‘N Black. Guinness with a shot of blackcurrant, it’s usually for people who want to try Guinness but don’t like the porter bite.  It takes the bite off.
  3. Irish Cider. Bulmers in the Republic of Ireland (Pear and Berry are my favorite), Magners in Northern Ireland.  Drink it in a glass with ice.
  4. Fat Frog. A whole lot of goodness in a glass.  20 Euros of goodness. A Fat Frog might give you cavities …. but a more delicious cavity you’ll never have.  Made with Wicked (WKD) Blue, Bicardi Orange, and Smirnoff Ice, the drink turns bright green.  It’s the most unique mention on this top 10 drinks in Ireland list.
  5. Whiskey and Cranberry (I prefer Bushmills) Since, well, you had to guess whiskey would make it somewhere in the drinks in Ireland list.   Try this drink with your choice of Jameson or Bushmills.  Otherwise, sub in your favorite Irish whiskey.
  6. Poitin or Craythur, also known as Irish Moonshine.  I had to include this in my top 10 drinks in Ireland list. Typically made from potatoes-it’s so strong.  It’s illegal in Ireland.  I’ve heard a lot of stories about it… some say that they used to put it beneath the nose of a dead person.   Since it’s so strong, this is how they could tell if they were dead or not. If they suddenly woke up, because of the smell, than they weren’t dead yet!
  7. Guiness PosterBailey’s is also one of my favorites, I love sweet drinks.  I normally enjoy this on the rocks as an after dinner drink.  Irish Cream Liqueur can be served on the rocks.  No, literally, just lay yourself on some rocks and start sipping.  Yum!
  8. Baby Guinness, yummm.   Baby Guinness is normally served as a shot and contains Kahlua topped with Bailey’s Irish Cream and it resembles, you guessed it, a baby pint of Guinness.
  9. Irish Coffee is also dee-lish and deserves its place on any true top 10 drinks in Ireland list.  Read more about the origin of Irish Coffee and get the original recipe here
  10. Smithwick’s or Harp.  Beer might not be the favorite of drink for everyone, but it should be tried during your Ireland vacation.  If Guinness isn’t your cup of tea then Smithwick’s (pronounced Smit-icks) or Harp may be more your speed.

Remember that drinking isn’t required, but in Ireland it is just another part of the social experience.  Go ahead, make it your personal Irish mission to try them all, one, or several, at a time…. you’ll see what the craic is all about!

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  5. AJ says:

    Interesting list, but a lot of inaccuracies.

    1) A fat frog is Wicked Vodka Blue (WKD), Bacardi Orange and Smirnoff Ice. However, it has waned in popularity.
    2) Poitín is not illegal because of its strength. It’s illegal because it is made by unlicensed distillers and has no tax paid on it. Also, it is not “now” illegal. It has been illegal since distilleries began to be licensed (and taxed), which in Ireland is over 400 years ago.
    3) What about Beamish or Murphys? Guinness isn’t the only stout in Ireland.
    4) Adding cranberry to whiskey isn’t a very popular thing to do in Ireland.
    5) Since you included a non-native drink (fat frog), why not also mention Hennessy Cognac. Although made in France, it was founded by an Irishman with a whiskey connection and is very popular in Ireland (especially at Christmas). So much so that, the terms brandy/cognac and Hennessy in Ireland are virtually synonymous.

    I don’t mean to be negative, but to an native Irishman this article seems sloppy.

  6. Taryn says:

    Hi Aidan, Thank you so much for your post. We truly appreciate you reading our blogs and value your input. The blog is a Top 10 of my personal drink favorites, to it’s not meant to reflect all of what Ireland likes. It should have said WKD, not Bacardi Blue,so I will change that. Thank you so much again! All the Best, Taryn

  7. Pedantic Peadar says:


    Has the recognition and the correction fulfilled you somewhat?


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