With all the celebrations coming up of the 1916 Rising we met up with Mary Mac of Punchdrunk Cocktails to ask her for some rebellion themed cocktails to help us celebrate with the sophistication of the early 1900’s!

The Michael Collins, The Countess and An Cupán Tae Cocktails

The Michael Collins, The Countess and An Cupán Tae Cocktails

So Mary, Can you give us some tips on making the perfect cocktail?

Sure! The first thing to remember is to buy the best you can afford – don’t be lured in by cheap vodka – if its cheap it will taste cheap and no amount of shaking and stirring can change that! 

The second thing is to use fresh ingredients, get the end of a rolling pin in to the shaker to really release the flavours of your fruit and herbs for the drinks you’re making!

And lastly think quality not quantity – cocktails can be ruined by overpouring – just stick to the recipe and you won’t go wrong on taste!

The Michael Collins

I invented this cocktail last year for an Irish themed event but its so good I’m bringing it back out for this year celebrations! Its based on the classic cocktail Tom Collins but with an Irish twist! 

50ml Dingle Gin

30ml Apple Juice

20ml Lemon juice

3 Blackberries, muddled (bash it with the end of a rolling pin in the shaker)

Thyme Sprigs

Top up with tonic

Shake with ice and fine strain.

Mary Mac's 'Michael Collins' Cocktail Photo Credit: Liosa McNamara

Mary Mac’s ‘Michael Collins’ Cocktail Photo Credit: Liosa McNamara

An Cupán Tae

What could be more Irish than a cup of tea? This is my version and believe me you cannot have as many as you normally would! But oh so delicious! 

35ml Teelings Whiskey

20ml Cointreau

35ml Black tea

20ml Lemon Juice

Egg Whites

Squeeze of honey

Dry shake without ice first to emulsify the egg whites and then shake again with ice and fine strain.

Mary Mac's 'An Cupán Tae' Cocktail Photo Credit: Liosa McNamara

Mary Mac’s ‘An Cupán Tae’ Cocktail Photo Credit: Liosa McNamara

The Countess

Just like the soldier who was its inspiration this cocktail looks pretty and has lots of class but boy does it pack a serious punch! 

35ml Zubrovka Vodka

20ml Apple vodka

15ml Apple Juice

10ml Lemon Juice

Pink Lady apple, muddled (bash it with a rolling pin!)

Shake with ice and fine strain. Garnish with a sugared apple slice.

Mary Mac's "The Countess" Cocktail, Photo Credit: Liosa McNamara

Mary Mac’s “The Countess” Cocktail, Photo Credit: Liosa McNamara