Belfast Whiskey Week 2019

2nd August 2019

This year, Belfast had its inaugural ‘Whiskey Week’ – an entire week dedicated to whiskey – and we got involved, hosting two special tasting events.

Our first event was a Powers Whiskey tasting in The Duke of York Bar,  Belfast.  Surrounded by old bottles, branded mirrors and general whiskey memorabilia, we talked about the history and production of Powers Whiskey followed by a tasting of the Powers family.

We also had a special treat kindly provided by Belfast Whiskey Week – a single cask bottling of Powers exclusively for The Friend At Hand. This 14 year old single pot still showcases the legendary pot still character of Powers. Laughs were had, whiskey was drank.

Later that evening we hosted a whiskey cocktail session in another stalwart Belfast bar, The Garrick.

Much to the surprise of a few, this wasn’t a tasting but a class. We asked people to get their hands dirty and have a go at making their own cocktails.

But first we served we had a class of Powers Punch made with lemon, orange, bitters and soda water.

Our first cocktail was a Powers Old Fashioned. One of the oldest and most loved whiskey cocktails, this was a great place to start. If you want to have a go at making one, here’s our recipe:

– Fill a mixing class with ice
– Add 50ml Powers Gold Label
– 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
– 2 dashes of orange bitters
– 1 bar spoon of sugar syrup.

Stir well for about 30 seconds, then pour over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Next, things got a bit more complicated (and messy) with a Jameson Whiskey Sour:

– In a cocktail shaker, add the whites of 1 egg
– 50ml Jameson
– 25ml lemon juice
– 15ml sugar syrup
– 2-3 dashes of Angostura Bitters.

Dry shake for a few seconds, add ice to the shaker, shake vigorously. Strain over ice into a rocks class and garnish with a lemon peel.

Despite a few broken eggs, some spilled whiskey and a few ice cubes getting fired around, the cocktails all came out looking – and tasting – delicious.


Belfast Whiskey Week got off to a roaring start – we can’t wait to get involved again next year.