The Imbolc Cocktail


Imbolc or St.Brigid's day as it is also referred to, is synonyms with the blackthorn tree. It is professed that once Imbolc arrives the blackthorn will blossom. In honor of this day, let me introduce you to the Imbolc Sloe Gin Cocktail. 


You will need:

  • 50ml Sloe Gin
  • 6 Poitín steeped blackberries (you could use blackberries steeped in any strong liquor. I like too steep mine for a minimum of 3 months) + 1 to garnish
  • The juice of one quarter of a clementine + a slice to garnish
  • 1 teaspoon of caster sugar
  • 35 ml Soda Water
  • 2/3 dashes of Celery Bitters
  • Ice

Serves two people.


Muddle your clementine juice, sugar and blackberries in a mixing glass.

Pour over your Sloe Gin and add the Celery Bitters, Shake well to dispense all of your flavours.

Fill your glasses 1/3 full of crushed ice.

Strain your Sloe gin mixture between the 2 glasses.

Add Soda Water to taste and garnish with a steeped blackberry and a slice of clementine.