A surprising Cork-made tipple is Ireland’s new ‘Drink of the Year’
It’s the world’s oldest alcoholic drink.
And if you haven’t tried it, now is a good time to give mead, a tasty little honey-based tipple, a chance.
The couple behind Kinsale Mead Co. are celebrating this week after their world-class mead scooped Drink of the Year at the Irish Made Awards.
Kate and Denis Dempsey of Kinsale Mead Co. said they are “thrilled and humbled” to have won the prestigious gong, after honing their mead-making craft for the past five years.
Working from authentic recipes and using pure raw honey and carefully selected berries, the pair produce a selection of tasty varieties of mead, which are delicious solo or blended into cocktails.
“There’s a certain pressure being Ireland’s first meadery in 200 years to re-create and re-imagine this wonderful honey drink from our Celtic past,” says Kate Dempsey who was in Dublin to pick up the coveted award.
“It’s been a roller coaster ride so it’s a lovely boost to get this kind of recognition for the care and hard work we put in to make world-class Meads in our family-run meadery in Kinsale.”
Brid O’Connell, CEO of Guaranteed Irish said the win “is a celebration of our Irish heritage and craft.”