Is there anything better than sipping on an expertly crafted cocktail on a summer’s evening? We think not. With that in mind, TheTaste Summer Cocktail Festival takes the hassle out of the hunt for Ireland’s finest shaken and stirred favourites.
With hotspot cocktail bars around the country showcasing their skills with a special cocktail to tantalize our readers’ tastebuds and quench their thirst for innovative new creations, #TasteCocktailFest is not to be missed.
From now until the end of August, make it your business to sample and sip as many creative concoctions in our exciting festival line up as you can – cheers!
Spicy Island Cocktail – €11
– Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
– Wray and Nephew Chilli and Tarragon Tincture
– Fresh Ginger
– Fresh Lime Juice
– Topped with Ginger Beer
Marcel’s love to embrace their French style with some great Mediterranean spirits and ingredients. Soon celebrating their third anniversary on Merrion Row, a location right in the epicentre of Dublin’s ‘Golden Mile’.
Behind Marcel’s bar, they love to engage with customers and propose cocktails that suit their preferences. Their head mixologist Johnny explains: “In the hospitality industry, we all love the moment where our customers are blown away by something new we have proposed to them be it a new wine, spirit or cocktail.”
With summer in full swing, get down to the terrace, take in some sunshine, enjoy mouth-watering cocktails and savour delicious food.
Marcel’s are excited for the coming 6 months and are looking to focus on seasonal products and recipes, along with craft-made ingredients such as homemade cordials.
As well as seasonal ingredients, they’ve been quite playful with some of the more quirky spirits often overlooked by customers in Ireland, such as sherry, white port and over-proof rum. Marcel’s Bar also love to have some fun with Tiki cocktails.
Bartender Leon kickstarted his career in Dublin at the Liquor Rooms during its first three years, during which the bar won various awards, including Best Cocktail Venue and Best Bar Team. He later headed the bars at Angelina’s and was with Farrier & Draper before moving to Marcels.
A real student of the trade, Leon is all about creating something unique and innovative. He said: “We are the facilitators for letting the customers try something they have never tried before.
We are like cooks in how we engage with creating new sensory experiences. Our biggest hope is that the customer will leave the bar in a better mood than when they first entered.”