The Wild Geese Gold Cup Cocktail featured in The Mail Online

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So football madness has swept the nation; wall charts are tacked up in living rooms, office sweepstakes have been drawn (go Ghana!) and bunting is draped across pubs and HGVs.

All there is to do now is sit back with a cold drink and enjoy.

Whether you want something to sip during the game, a stiff one to help block out the score, or something fruity to transport your mind to the warm breeze of the Brazilian coast, our friends at online magazine About Time have a timely tipple for you.

1. THE CROWD PLEASER

What: A vibrant fruity punch with the refreshingly exotic flavours of Brazil; the closet thing to sipping a coconut on Copacabana Beach.

Ingredients (makes enough for a mini crowd):

● 150ml The Wild Geese Classic Blend Whiskey

● Handful of Basil

● 50ml Coconut Cream

● 50ml Lime Juice

● 50ml Sugar Syrup

What to do: Blend a handful of basil leaves with the coconut cream and lime juice. Pour into a punch bowl and stir in the sugar syrup, whiskey and plenty of ice.

To serve: Pour into glasses, add crushed ice, float the shell of the passion fruit shell on top and fill the shell with blue curacao. Finish off with lemon zest.

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The Wild Geese whiskey has teamed up with Shoreditch’s Nightjar to create a menu of bespoke summer cocktails.

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Nightjar’s Marian Beke worked with the Irish whiskey makers to create an exclusive range perfect for cocktail season, including a twist on the classic swizzle cocktail, with a hint of spice.

Beke and Wild Geese have shared the recipes for these three summer coolers, alongside video tutorials, so you can try them at home.

IRISH APPLE

2 parts The Wild Geese Classic Blend Irish Whiskey

1 part apple and rhubarb juice

3 parts dry cider

1/2 part Kamms & Sons

Method: Mix the Classic Blend, dry cider and apple & rhubarb juice by ‘rolling’ them in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a highball glass and float a large ice ball on top. Add the Kamms & Sons to create a bittersweet taste and garnish with a crab apple and apple blossom. Drizzle fresh caramel over the garnish for the final touch.

SARSFIELD SWIZZLE

2 part The Wild Geese Classic Blend Irish Whiskey

1 part gin botanical syrup or 1/2 part gin & 1/2 sugar syrup

Dash of green tea bitters

Lemon balm

Top up with homemade lemongrass and chili beer

Method: Pour a full measure of The Wild Geese Classic Blend directly into the serving glass. Add gin syrup as a sweetener and a dash of green tea bitter. Add lemon balm leaves to compliment the citrus notes in the Classic Blend. Top up with lemongrass & chilli beer and ‘swizzle’ the ingredients to mix them. Serve with pinewood and sweet spice.

FREEDOM SOUR

2 part The Wild Geese Rare Irish Whiskey

1/2 part maple/ honey syrup

2 parts fresh squeezed ugly fruit juice

Few dashes of bitter

Matcha tea foam

Method: Shake and serve in martini glass, top it off with matcha tea foam.

Wild Geese Celebrate Irish Fortitude At Enterprise Awards

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As sponsors of The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Enterprise Awards we celebrated Irish fortitude and the extraordinary hard work of entrepreneurs in Donegal who are forging their own paths in business.

Despite tough economic times, hundreds of independent business have been set up with the help of the Back To Work Enterprise Scheme, from the Donegal Local Development Company. At The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Enterprise Awards we celebrated 12 of this unique businesses and awarded four entrepreneurs with prizes to help grow their companies.

Each candidate reminded us of Patrick Sarsfield and his followers, who left Ireland in 1691. They showed great courage and determination and worked hard to be successful abroad in their host communities. However, they kept Ireland in their hearts and took the name ‘The Wild Geese’ in the hope and belief that they would one day return home.

Today, honouring ambitious and hard working individuals continues The Wild Geese story which is now synonymous with Irish fortitude. All of the candidates continue to show the same great courage and determination displayed by The Wild Geese in 1691.

The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Enterprise Award winners

Iain Miller – Unique Ascent Outdoor Adventure Company
Approved under the Back To Work Enterprise Allowance scheme in 2011, the last three years have been busy for Iain, a qualified mountain instructor. He has created ten part-time jobs and has plans to create up to twenty jobs, taking people to explore donegal’s most beautiful, remote and wild places. He has developed the ‘Donegal Climbing App’ and 17 online guides.

Iain thanked the DLDC and The Wild Geese for the recognition adding, ‘Without the support of the Back To Work Scheme I would never have been able to become self employed in the services I provide in this current climate. In the past year I have taken over 150 national and international to a shade over 100 summits’

Check out some of Iain’s extraordinary work in the video below:


To find out more about Unique Ascent visit http://www.uniqueascent.ie/

John Paul Boyle and Kevin Boyle – uPilot Teoranta: Flight Simulator 
Rural Donegal is not where you expect to find a company making flight simulators using cutting-edge technology, but that’s exactly what John Paul and Kevin are doing. At the moment they’re developing a Boeing 727-800 series simulator. They’ve won a six-month contract for a simulator at Dublin Airport, and hope that trial will secure a three year deal.

To find our more visit upilot.ie.

Diarmaid Whoriskey – Rathmore Mechanical Services
Diarmaid and his business partner TJ set up under the Back To Work scheme after being made redundant in 2009. They offer heating, plumbing, ventilation, air-conditioning and ironworks services and they’ve been busy, despite the recession, employing between six and twelve people. Diarmaid has secured major contracts throughout Ireland. Las month they secured their biggest contract so far.

Diarmaid said:
‘On behalf of Rathmore Mechanical Services Ltd we would like to thank The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey for sponsoring the enterprise awards 2014 in conjunction with Donegal Local development Company. It was an honour to receive both these awards which recognise small local businesses in the current climate’

Iain, John Paul, Kevin and Diarmaid will go through to the regional awards in Cavan in June and each received €500 to help grow their business.

But the calibre of each of the candidates was extremely high and to honour this we created a fourth award for Outstanding Achievement, presented to Diane Harvey from D’s School of Motoring and Training.

Diane set up her business under the Back To Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme in 2010 and offers a wide range of training for customers, from those preparing for the ‘Theory Test’ to those with disabilities such as brain injury and now the jeep and trailer lessons. She has a commitment to road safety and has helped organise a number of safety awareness events. For the past two years she has won the ‘National Road Safety Authority (NRA) Leading Lights Award’ for approved driving instructors.

High Quality Competition For The Coveted Wild Geese Awards

Coverage from the Donegal Democrat ahead of tonight’s The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Enterprise Awards.

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The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Enterprise Awards: Winners Selected

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The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Enterprise Awards Adjudication Committee: from left, Mark Murran and Mary McHugh, Department of Social Protection; Jim Slevin, chairperson of Donegal Local Development Company; Louise Brogan, DLDC enterprise co-ordinator; Mr Andre Levy, chairman of The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey company

Our Chairman, Mr Andre Levy, sat on the adjudication committee to select the winners of this year’s The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Enterprise Awards, which celebrate entrepreneurs in the Donegal area who are forging their own paths in business.

Twelve businesses have been shortlisted for the awards which are for small enterprises set up under the Back To Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme run by Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC). Three winners will be presented with awards, £500 to help grow their businesses and will go through to the regional awards in Cavan in June.

On the adjudication committee were Mr Andre Levy; Jim Slevin, Chairperson of the DLDC; Mark Murray and Mary McHugh from the Department of Social Protection. Mr Levy said:

‘There are some remarkable individuals involved who’ve already had significant success and in some cases have already won awards for their business.
‘We all know that the business environment has been very challenging in recent years and I’m delighted The Wild Geese company is able to help celebrate this level of achievement in Donegal’

 

 

 

St Patrick’s Day: It’s A Long Way to The Tipperary But Our Heart’s Right There

P1010677The Tipperary is the oldest Irish pub in London. Steeped in Irish heritage, it has been a haven for Wild Geese for hundreds of years and a remarkable taste of home. And now we’ve flocked behind the bar! Yes, The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey is now served in London’s oldest Irish pub, just in time for St Patrick’s Day!

The Tipperary was first built in 1300, on the side of a monastery where the monks brewed ale.

In 1605 it was transformed into ‘The Boar’s Head’. It’s stood the test of time, surviving the Great Fire of London having been built of stone and brick, rather then wood.

It came under Irish ownership in around 1700, becoming the first Irish pub outside of Ireland. It was fitted out in traditional Irish style, including a clock by Thomas Tompion.

Following the First World War, the printers returning from the war had the pub named ‘The Tipperary’, inspired by the war song, ‘It’s A Long Way’, and the name remains today.

Today The Tipperary is run by Steve Rowlands, who has a huge passion for fine spirits. The interior retains the original Irish character and behind the bar now sits The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Collection. It’s a great place to enjoy The Wild Geese this St Patrick’s Day!

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The owner of The Tipperary Steve Rowlands with The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Collection.

 

Stay Untamed with The Wild Geese Classic Blend, Now Available in the Times Whisky Club

Stay Untamed and give your St Patrick’s Day celebrations a Wild twist! Our Classic Blend is featured on The Whisky Club from The Times and The Sunday Times!

The Times Whisky Club is well known for selecting the best products on the market. You can read the full review of The Classic Blend below.

Nose: A light, berry, sweetness at first. Oak develops followed by barley malt, digestive biscuits and vanilla.

Palate: A cool and refreshingly sweet early palate. Giving way to a richer sweetness with undertones of manuka honey, aniseed and a slight citric tang.

Finish: There is a refreshingly sharp oak present at the very end, preceded by more cream vanilla.

Overall: A delightful Irish blend that is a superb example of a sweet and vanilla rich whiskey.

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New Cocktail: The Irish Apple

irishappleOur friends at London’s renowned Nightjar have created the Irish Apple cocktail. Bursting with flavour, this is a long and refreshing drink.

2 parts The Wild Geese Classic Blend
1 part apple and rhubarb juice
3 parts dry cider
1/2 part Kamms & Sons

Mix the Classic Blend, dry cider and apple & rhubarb juice by ‘rolling’ them in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a high ball glass and float a large ice ball on top. Add the Kamms & Sons to crete a bitter-sweet taste and garnish with a crab apple and apple blossom. Drizzle fresh caramel over the garnish for the final touch.