The winner of the Northern Ireland entries, according to Imbibe© Magazine also used Knockeen Hills Farmers Strength Poteen™ which was awarded the I.W.S.C. Gold Medal for Irish Poteen!

The Winning Recipe 

Glass: Punch goblet
Garnish: Antrim apple slice and mint
Method: Shake with ice and strain over cracked ice.
30ml Bushmills Black Bush whiskey
15ml Knockeen Hills Farmers Strength Poteen
10ml Romate Oloroso sherry
30ml lemon juice
15ml Boyne Valley Iris h Honey syrup
35ml Armagh AJ Apple Juice
10ml homemade orgeat


UK-wide IMBIBE Battle of Britain Competition

A report of the UK-wide IMBIBE Battle of Britain Competition, which challenged cocktail bars to create the ultimate locally-sourced cocktail.

Cocktail Menus

Sligo Sunbeam

  • Poteen 1 measure,
  • Grenadine dash.
  • Top up with orange juice and serve in a 10oz glass.

Michael Collins

  • Poteen (70% Vol.) 60ml./2fl.ozs, Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed 20ml./1fl.oz., Caster Sugar 1 teaspoonful, soda water, ice, Marashino cherry, orange slice, lemon slice.


  1. Stir the poteen, lemon juice, ice cubes and sugar, in a tall glass until the sugar is disolved. Top up with soda water, garnish with a cocktail stick, with the cherry and twisted orange and lemon slices. Slainte!

Sent by Brian Smith, Brentwood Essex


  • Poteen 1 1/4oz. (90% ABV), 1/2 lime, 2oz. apple juice, 2oz. ginger ale. Served in a 14oz. glass filled with ice and add a lime wedge.

Assumpta's Kiss

  • Knockeen Hills Poteen Gold Strength 70% ABV 1 measure,
  • Irish Cream Liqueur 1 measure,
  • Cointreau or Triple Sec 1 measure.
  • Shake well with plenty of ice,
  • Strain into a martini glass and serve ferociously cold garnished with a sprig of mint.

Ballybricken Bailey's

  • Poteen 1 measure,
  • Bailey’s 3 measures.
  • Add crushed ice and serve in a 10oz highball glass.

Blarney Blue Ice

  • Poteen 1 measure,
  • Blue Curacao 1 measure,
  • pineapple top up.
  • Serve in a 10oz glass.


  • Poteen 1 measure,
  • lemon juice, ½ teaspoon,
  • curacao ½ teaspoon,
  • orange 1 slice,
  • Champagne 3oz.

Citrus Surprise

  • Poteen 1 measure,
  • ½ lemon,
  • ½ lime,
  • shot of rum,
  • teaspoon of honey.

Citrus Surprise

  • Poteen 1 measure,
  • ½ lemon,
  • ½ lime,
  • shot of rum,
  • teaspoon of honey.

Donegal Cooler

  • Poteen 1 measure,
  • cranberry juice 1 measure,
  • orange juice 2 measures.
  • Serve in a 10oz glass.

Galway Grass

  • Poteen 1 measure,
  • Midori 1 measure,
  • orange juice top up.
  • Serve in a 10oz glass.

Kosnar's Kiss

  • Poteen 2oz,
  • white port 2oz
  • 2 large ice cubes
  • place in shaker.
  • Shake vigorously,
  • serve in martini glass,
  • add expresso bean or hazelnut where possible.

Leprachaun's Last

  • Poteen 2 measures,
  • La Fee Absinthe 1 measure,
  • Goldschlager 1 measure,
  • grapefruit juice 6 measures.

Serve in a 10oz highball glass and garnish with lime.

Lough Neagh Eelman's Revenge

  • Poteen 1 measure,
  • lime cordial 1 measure,
  • Bitters (wiff),
  • lemonade top up.
  • Serve in a 10oz glass.

Mayo Mule

  • Poteen 1 measure,
  • cherry brandy 2 measures,
  • Galliano 1 measure,
  • orange juice 2 measures.
  • Top up to rim with ginger ale and ice
  • serve in a 10oz glass.

Moonshine Morning with the Leprachauns

  • Poteen 1oz,
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream 1½oz,
  • cherry brandy 2 teaspoons,
  • cold strong coffee 3oz.
  • Serve in a tall glass almost filled with crushed ice, and stir well.

Paddy's Surprise

  • Poteen 1 measure,
  • Cointreau 1 measure,
  • Vodka 1 measure.
  • Top up with Orange juice and a splash of bitters and cascade with blackcurrant.

Poteen Punch

  • Poteen 1 measure,
  • white sugar 2 teaspoons,
  • 4-6 cloves,
  • fresh lemon 2 slices,
  • add 200ml (7oz) boiling water.
  • Put the Poteen, sugar, cloves and lemon slices into a strong preheated glass.
  • Pour on the boiling water and stir until the sugar has dissolved.