The Sun Tavern celebrated International Poitín day for the third time last weekend, raising a collective glass to toast the spirit’s long and sometimes illicit past.

We started Poitín Day three years ago due to our sizeable collection – in fact, it’s the most extensive this side of the Irish sea.

The boys were working hard all day on the Irish stew – which featured more than a good slug of Poitín.

At 6pm, our Bar Manager Ciaran gave a free Poitín tasting in the nook. There were 5 different Poitíns in our lineup – Micil, Ban Poitín, Glendalough, Mad March Hare and Teeling.

The pure drop wasn’t constrained to a solo performance, however, as our boys put together two cocktails from the bespoke Poitín cocktail list – exclusive to the night – for the guests to try.

There was ‘The Wake’, made up of Mad March Hare Poitín, Wray & Nephew rum, Suze liqueur and lemon; and the ‘Tara’, consisting of Micil Poitín, Velvet Falernum, lime & Bob’s Bitters.

‘The Wake’

‘Tara’

All the while, the stew was proving a hit, flying out and providing the perfect pairing to the free flowing Poitín concoctions.

In all, another successful rendition of one of our favourite annual holidays, putting the rebellious Irish spirit on its deserved pedestal.

We hope to see you all there next year for round number four.