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Taste of Dublin is back with a bang, and starting from tomorrow you'll be introduced to some of the best and highest quality food in town.

Taking place in Iveagh Gardens from Thursday, June 13 until Sunday, June 16 (AKA Father's Day, bring him back some goodies); It's a three day immersion in Dublin's nourishing  and delicious tastes.

Organisers are describing this year's event as celebrating "the chefs that are taking culinary risks, fusing Irish and international cuisine and creating revolutionary Irish menus". Yes please.

What are we most excited for, you ask? Without a doubt it's got to be foodie Anna Barnett's collaboration with Ketel One Botanical vodka. 


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Anna is the London-based author of Eat the Week and The Reluctant Vegetarian, and also does stylist work because she's just that cool.

Obsessed with all things tasty, Anna is delighted to be working with Ketel One Botanical this year at Taste of Dublin.

Ketel One is a family-made vodka brand which makes the spirit with no artificial flavours and distilled with botanicals and infused with natural fruit essences.

Anna currently writes for The Evening Standard in her spare time, when she's not running her own website. How does she find the time?

Thankfully, she's curated a stunning menu of canapés to complement Ketel One's three different Botanical Spritz flavours; Grapefruit & Rose, Cucumber & Mint and Peach & Orange Blossom.

We've chosen three of our favourite recipes for you to gorge over, but why not join the other 32,000 people expected to attend the Taste of Dublin over the four days? 

1. Peach and marmalade galettes with whipped lemon cream

Works best withKetel One Botanical Peach & Orange Blossom Spritz

Cooking time: 12 – 15 minutes

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Feeds: 6-8

Ingredients: Pre-rolled shortcrust pastry cut into 5cm rounds, one whisked egg, 3 sprigs of oregano with leaves picked and roughly chopped, sprinkle of sea salt flakes, 3 tbsp of marmalade jam, one tin of peaches in syrup cut into thin segments.

Lemon cream: 200ml of double cream, whipped until thick, zest of one lemon, one heaped tbsp of icing sugar.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. For the pastry, lightly flour a work surface or roll out pastry onto parchment paper. Scatter over chopped or whole oregano leaves and gently roll into the pastry. Turn the pastry over so oregano leaves are on outside and roll into rounds.

Spoon one-quarter of a teaspoon of marmalade onto middle of each round, add finely sliced peaches on top, and turn up the edges. Transfer onto baking tray, gently brush with eggwash and place in oven for 12-15 mins.

Allow to cool on rack. Pipe or spoon the lemon cream onto the tarts after whipping the cream and folding in the icing sugar and zest.

2. Bruschetta with grapefruit, charred red peppers, garlic and mint

Best served with: Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose Spritz

Preparation time: 15 – 20 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Resting time: 15 minutes

Feeds: 6 – 8

Ingredients: One French style loaf thinly sliced diagonally, two cloves of garlic to rub bread with, three red peppers, two grapefruits with skins removed and cut into segments, two cloves of garlic finely diced, generous sprinkle of sea salt flakes, one tsp of freshly ground black pepper, four sprigs of mint, generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Instructions: Begin by prepping the peppers. Place them directly over a gas flame, charred until the skin turns black and blistered. Turn the peppers until they're entirely black, then transfer to a bowl and cover for 20 minutes before peeling off the charred skins. Next, finely slice the peppers by removing any pith. Be sure to retain their juices as this is packed with flavour and can be used by drizzle.

For the bruschetta, heat a griddle pan until almost smoking then in batches char your slices of bread on both sides until you can get those great, dark stripes. You can also grill or toast the bread if you don't have a griddle pan. Cut the garlic cloves in half and rub into the charred breads.

Prep all remaining ingredients. Combine with the red peppers then arrange the bruschettas on your platters, just before serving spoons the mixture generously onto the breads and finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil or the juice retained from red peppers.

3. Irish salmon toasts with lovage mayonnaise and mint and pea shoot topping

Best served with: Ketel One Botanical Cucumber & Mint 

Preparation time: 15 – 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 5 – 10 minutes

Feeds: 6- 8

Ingredients: Irish soda bread, 200-300g good quality smoked salmon, drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, zest of half a lemon, ground black pepper, 3-4 tbsp cress/pea shoots/radish tops to garnish

Lovage mayonnaise: 150g mayonnaise, 5-6 sprigs of lovage, several turns of black pepper, one-quarter tsp lemon zest, extra virgin olive oil

Instructions: Heat a griddle pan until almost smoking, then char your slices of bread on both sides until you get great, dark stripes.

For the lovage mayonnaise, combine the leaves, mayonnaise, seasoning and zest and blitz until combined. Cut salmon into even stripes.

To serve simply add a generous dollop of lovage mayonnaise to the charred bread, add on the smoked salmon and finish with drizzle of oil, a pinch of cress and lemon zest.

Anyone who attends the masterclasses in Ketel One Kitchen at Taste of Dublin will sample Anna's gorgeous canapés on Thursday and Friday, and meet the woman herself.


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Anna will co-host the cocktail masterclasses with world class bartenders while offering tips to her guests. 

Anna commented:

"I hope that everyone is as excited about tasting the canapé pairings as I was about making them and that they’re inspired to create them over the summer, when they’re entertaining at home."

Tickets for the Taste of Dublin are priced from €15, on sale online now.

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Ryan Reynolds is the king of trolling; his birthday messages to his wife, Blake Lively, keeps everyone hugely entertained, but now he's moved on to another famous female.

Hollywood icon Betty White celebrated her 97th birthday yesterday, and received adorable messages from celebrities worldwide.

Ryan's comical note was definitely the winner, however. The 42-year-old actor referred to the veteran actress as his 'ex-girlfriend', should Blake be worried?


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He captioned the image of himself and White;

"I don’t usually wish ex-girlfriends Happy Birthday. But Betty’s special. Happy Birthday to the one and only, Betty White," followed by a birthday cake emoji.

The duo are both renowned for their quick wit, and have known each other since she portrayed his grandmother in the 2009 rom-com, The Proposal, alongside Sandra Bullock.

Sandra Bullock, Reynolds and White filmed a GAS Funny or Die promotional video for the film, and it seems they've been best friends ever since.

After Deadpool premiered in 2016, White made her own review for the flick; "Hello, I just saw the most anticipated movie of the year," White said about the Reynolds-made movie, while lounging in a red velvet chair.

"It was glorious. Once in a generation, a movie comes along that your whole family will love. If your family is a f*cking group of ass-kissing inbreds," she jokingly dead-panned. "Plus, Ryan Reynolds looks so f*cking handsome in his red leather suit."

Reynolds wished White a happy birthday back in 2018 with an amusing photo of himself wearing his Deadpool costume on Instagram, holding a martini and hot dog.

There also featured a framed photo of White eating a hot dog, from her recent movie, Parade. The beloved Betty was asked the secret to living a long and happy life,

Her ICONIC answer, was of course; vodka and hot dogs, "probably in that order." Marry us.


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Reynolds wrote, "Happy Birthday to the one and only Betty White! Cheers to another year of ‘Tinis and Weenies!" This appears to be how the amazing tradition was born, and long may it last.

They  both possess such dry senses of humour, which essentially makes them a match made in comedic heaven.

We're sure Blake approves. Happy Birthday Betty, you Queen. Never change. 


If you haven’t heard of Dylan hotel, you are sorely missing out. The Irish-owned five-star boutique hotel is renowned already for it’s red brick Victorian building, lavish decor and high-quality food, as well as it’s amazing proximity to the Irish city centre.

Tucked into a side avenue near Baggot Street, this gem is still relatively private despite it’s location, as if the building itself is housing a treat only a special few experience.

Dylan Bar has everything going for it, but we decided it was high time for us to try out their brand new Christmas afternoon tea menu: Spice and All Things Nice. We felt we deserved some five-star treatment, especially since the cost is only €45 for great service and even better food.

The design of the hotel is immediately striking; while it may be aesthetic Victorian brick on the outside, within the building is modern, contemporary design. We were seated by the fireplace by incredibly attentive staff, and after perusing their extensive afternoon tea menu, our eyes were swiftly on the prize: Christmas cocktails.

Their limited edition cocktail menu is inspired by the magical spices of the festive season; ginger, nutmeg, clove, star anise and cinnamon. It’s pretty mouth-watering stuff, if we do say so ourselves. Seeing as we value journalistic integrity, we had to taste as many as possible. *winks*

We definitely weren’t disappointed; their Winter Wine Warmer is an extravagant version of mulled wine, except far, far classier. Made with a mix of homemade citrus, star anise and clove syrup added to classic Merlot, the twist on the aromatic Christmas drink of the gods goes down a treat.

The Festive Pudding cocktail is a reimagined version of the classic winter dessert, made with allspice Guinness syrup, fresh orange and lime juice, old fashioned bitters, eggs whites and of course, Irish whiskey. Any connoisseurs of whiskey will adore this drink, trust us, it has a kick.

Next up on our list was the Apple & Cinnamon Crumble, made with Zubrowska vodka, goldschlanger, apple and lime juice, vanilla infused honey and topped off with a cookie crumble rim. Talk about being in heaven, the Dylan mixologists were infusing the atmosphere with subtle yet heartwarming Christmas vibes.

For those with a sweet tooth, chocolate appreciators can enjoy the Polar Express either hot or cold. Created with Hennessey V.S., Bailey’s Frangelico, and chocolate and vanilla cream, you’ll be rolled out of the place after one (or five…) of these.

Other divine drinks on offer include the Zenzero Negroni, which has the highest alcohol content so brace yourselves, and Before Santa’s Here for another whiskey.

Last but by no means least, their Summer in December is a rum and gingerbread syrup blend for a summer mood with a winter cheer, and they also include their version of an Irish coffee; the Dylan Christmas Coffee mixed with their secret spice syrup.

The designated drivers can also try a range of mocktails which are as good as the real thing. Dylan Bar also has refreshing bubbly, for any Prosecco queens out there, and a variety of tea and coffees. Heaven is a place on earth, and it’s located at Eastmoreland Place.

With all of these gorgeous drinks, we had almost forgotten about all the luscious cakes and sweet and savoury treats coming our way. Almost. They served us the carefully crafted food on a three-tiered plate, and we had a try of their spiced scotch egg, turkey and sage pie with cranberry chutney and pulled ham on granary bread and brie and cinnamon spice apple. 

The savoury selection was delicious, and we couldn’t leave without trying their sweet and subtly spiced buttery homemade scones and indulgent desserts. Pistachio slices, gingerbread cupcakes topped with whiskey icing and a meringue snowman with chocolate and nutmeg mousse were just a taster of what we were offered.

Sitting by the fire, breathing in the mulled wine and eating our weight in macaroons, we realised that we honestly need this lifestyle 24/7. It’s extra, it’s lavish, it’s Christmas magic, and everyone deserves a treat like afternoon tea at Dylan Bar. Don’t miss out, it’s only offered until the New Year so snap up a reservation while you can.

Enjoy the Spice & All Things Nice menu in the Dylan Bar until January 1 2019.

Call 01 660 3000 to make a reservation or email reservations@dylan.ie to have your Christmas injected with the warmth of festive food and drink.

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Fancy a two-course brunch paired with all the Grey Goose Vodka cocktails your heart desires?

Who are we kidding? – Of course you do!

This weekend, Grey Goose Vodka is teaming up with Mulligan & Haines to Host a series of exclusive events complete with tasty bites and delicious tipples.

Located on Dame Street, Dublin 2, the Ulysses inspired bar will kick off the jam-packed weekend with an after-work party from 5pm – 7pm on Friday, November 24, where staff will provide beautiful canapes and a complimentary Grey Goose cocktail to each guest upon arrival.

Spaces are limited so attendees should RSVP via the bars Facebook event here to avoid disappointment.

The fun continues across the weekend with €7.00 cocktails until 9 pm on Saturday night to get you in the mood for the main event on Sunday.

Taking place from 12-3pm on Sunday, November 26, the exclusive Grey Goose Vodka Brunch if offering guests a two-course meal and bottomless Grey Goose Vodka cocktails for just €25.00.

The brunch menu consists of a variety of scrumptious starters and mains including French onion soup, Smoked duck carpaccio with black cherry chutney, Beef & Guinness Hot Pot and Chicken & Leek Pie.

Tickets are limited and can be purchased by contacting bookings@mulliganandhaines.ie or calling 01 882 4355.


If, like us, you're partial to a few drinks on the weekend, you'll know that one spirit in particular has captured the heart of the nation.

In recent years, the humble Gin and Tonic has undergone somewhat of a transformation, proving itself the beverage of choice for millennials across the country.

We're right at the centre of a gin Renaissance – and the report from this Irish Spirits Association has the figures to prove it.

The latest statistics show that gin is the fastest growing spirits category among Irish consumers, growing by a massive 31 per cent last year alone.

However, despite its growth in popularity, vodka is still preferred by the majority of the population (sales are down a quarter over the last 10 years).

William Lavelle, Head of the Irish Spirits Association, says that while the Irish gin industry is thriving, the upcoming Public Health (Alcohol) Bill could pose a “major threat” to distilleries.

"Consumption of alcohol has fallen 25% since 2001, according to the World Health Organisation," he said.

"Consumption is falling but at the same time exports are growing. If we bring in this Bill, which we don't need to because consumption is fallen, we're ultimately going to impact on our ability to continue to grow our industry and continue to grow export."

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Nothing screams Christmas quite like a perfectly decorated tree and a tall glass of your favourite drink – so it was only naturally that some absolute genius would create a product that combined the two.

Introducing, the gin-filled bauble.

The Lake Distillery has just launched its collection of boozy decorations, and honestly, December can't come quick enough.

Sold in sets of six, the baubles can be filled with a choice of gin, whiskey or vodka.

The gin set includes a Cumbrian variety, a sloe gin liquor and a damson gin, all of which are made by the distillery.

The whiskey set comes with six baubles each containing the distillery's own unique blend, while the vodka selection offers a triple- distilled variety as well as caramel and espresso vodka liqueurs.

You can pick up a set (or two) at findmeagift.co.uk for £39.99 (approx. €44.56).

Looks like we're in for a very merry Christmas altogether!


Last year, boxed vino was all the rage.

It went from tacky to trendy in a matter of months when people found out that the high-quality boxes actually keep the alcohol fresher for longer, and is also way more practical.

We all got on board with this because, well… it's cheap as chips.

Now, however, boxed vodka is on the market, and we're pretty excited about it.


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Griffon Vault vodka has been distilled five times, and as well as that, the packaging is made entirely from recycled materials.

The box contains one litre (around 33 shots) and is selling for only $15.99 (€14.98).

The co-founder of Griffon Vault told Bloomberg: "It's ideal for tailgating, the beach, or the pool. You don't have to worry about glass shattering."


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He does have a point.

At the moment, it's only available in selected stores around the US, but hopefully something like this will come to Ireland pretty soon.


We all love our cups of hot chocolate, especially around Christmas time. 

Sitting beside the fire, watching your favourite movie and cuddling up with your cocoa; there really is nothing better.

Well, no, that's a lie because NAUGHTY hot chocolate is better!

Now, what really doesn't get much better is sipping on warm hot chocolate with a little bourbon, vodka or rum (whatever you fancy… or whatever you can find) and totally relaxing for the night. 

All you need is milk, cocoa powder, vodka, chocolate liqueur and ice. Here's the super easy method to get you sorted for the holidays:



If you need a little bit of scary Halloween inspo for your party, then look no further as these cocktails will impress your guests more than your zombie Marilyn Monroe costume.

Sweet Poison Cocktail


  • 1 measure dark rum
  • 2 measures coconut rum
  • 1 measure Blue Curacao
  • Pineapple juice
  • Pineapple wedge

1. Combine both rums and Blue Curacao in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, then pour into a cocktail glass.

2. Fill the rest of the glass with chilled pineapple juice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.


Risen from the Grave Cocktail


  • 2 measure Citron vodka
  • 1 measure St. Germain
  • 1 measure strawberry pure
  • Strawberry and mint leaf

1. Combine the vodka and St. Germain in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake.

2. Pour strawberry puree into the bottom of a martini glass. Top with the vodka-St. Germain combination.

3. Garnish drink with a strawberry and a mint leaf.



Vampire Kiss Martini


  • 1 measure raspberry liqueur
  • 1 measure vodka
  • 1 measure champagne
  • Licorice and a wedge of blood orange

1. In a chilled martini glass, layer raspberry liqueur, vodka, and Champagne. Garnish with licorice and blood orange wedge.


Ah, vodka. The Sex and the City girls always enjoyed a glass or two.

It can bring out the good, the bad and the very ugly. 

But it's not hard to see why it's one of the most popular alcoholic drinks around the world – it's very neutral, has no harsh smells, and mixes well with many other drinks. 

However, vodka can be used for many other things other than getting sloshed… Shocker! 

It can actually be used for medical reasons, hygienic uses, and cleaning solutions around the house too. 

Treat a tooth ache

When you start having a tooth ache, pour some vodka on a small cotton ball and put it on the gums around your sore tooth. After a few minutes it will start to alleviate the pain. 


Prevents dandruff

Mix a shot glass of vodka with a glass of water and use it to rinse out your hair after washing it with your normal shampoo. This prevents any left over shampoo or dead skin from building up. 


Use as a mouthwash

Vodka is a great disinfectant and brilliant for killing odours too. Combine vodka with water and add a few teaspoons of cinnamon to create a refreshing mouthwash. 


Bug repellent 

Vodka is actually an extremely effective bug repellent. Just pour some into a spray bottle and keep it with you on holidays to warn all the nasty flies away. 


Cure jellyfish sting

Instead of going through the clichéd "should I pee on my friend's leg" inner monologue, the next time someone gets stung by a jellyfish try putting vodka on it. It will sooth the sting within 10-20 minutes. 


Use as a deodorant

Feeling a bit sticky but have no deodorant on hand? A few squirts of vodka from a spray bottle will do away with any bad odours. 


Keep your razor in it

The main reason why razors become so dull so quickly is because small amounts of hair, water and shaving cream are left on the blades after every use. Next time, soak your razor in a cup of vodka, it will totally clean out your blade and disinfect it for your next use. 


Clean Windows

Another product that relies primarily on alcohol for its effectiveness is your average window cleaner. Swap it with vodka and it will do just as good of a job. 


Clean mould or grease

Greasy dishes or a grubby bathroom? Use vodka and a sturdy brush to remove the dirt easily. For dishes, leave them soaking for about 5 minutes and they will appear as good as new. 


Stop clothes from fading

Sometimes dark clothes fade, and the worst thing is they will fade in some places and not in others. To help protect your clothes from this, mix vodka and lavender and spray onto your clothes. They will never fade again – and smell great too. 


What better way to cool down this summer, than by sipping on some of these delicious, celebrity inspired drinks.

Britney Spears
This drink is far from Toxic and easy to make! All you need is a dash of vodka and some cranberry juice and you have your very own Britney Spears inspired cocktail!

The Beyonce
Not really a cocktail but we can still imagine Queen Bey having a few sips of this. If you want to live life like Beyonce all you need is some of champagne, and of course, some cigars on the side. Simple!

Katy Perry
This drink is sweet but also easy to make. The Katy Perry cocktail contains two parts vanilla vodka and one part chocolate liquor. Mmm delicious.

A drink RiRi is sure to approve of. This delicious cocktail contains coconut rum and pineapple. Mmm, we can imagine Rihanna putting snaps of it on Instagram already.


Make these yummy cocktails for your lucky Valentine this 14th February and you’ll be sure to impress even the most sceptical of dates.

You can opt for a Sugar or Spice cocktail or even better, blend the two to make one epic Sugar AND Spice drink. Clever!

Sugar and Spice

For the Sugar:

  • 25ml Smirnoff vodka
  • 75ml ginger ale
  • 4 raspberries
  • 2 lime wedges
  1. Muddle the raspberries and the lime in a glass.
  2. Fill the glass with ice and top off with the vodka and ginger ale.

For the Spice:

  • 25ml Smirnoff Vodka
  • 75ml apple juice
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  1. Put the vodka and apple juice in a highball glass with some ice.
  2. Sprinkle the cinnamon on top, stir and enjoy.