Cocktail Recipes – Gin

Looking for some gin inspiration??

These 12 simple, yet classic serves are easy to make at home and perfect for an evening sip over the weekend!

We hope you enjoy making some of our gin cocktails, be sure to tag  @LoughReeDistill and #SlingShotGin on social media!

If you are wondering where to purchase a bottle of Sling Shot Gin please see our list of Stockists here or to buy online click here .

  1. Classic Negroni with a twist
  • Double Measure of Sling Shot Gin
  • 20ml Campari
  • 20ml Martini
  • 1tsp Orange & Ginger jam

2. Sling Shot G&T ft Poachers Tonic Water

  • 50ml Sling Shot Gin
  • Poachers Classic Tonic Water
  • 2 Slices of Pink Grapefruit & Sprig of Rosemary to garnish

3. Garden Cocktail 

  • 50ml Sling Shot Gin
  • 25ml Elderflower Cordial
  • 75ml Apple Juice
  • 10ml Lime Juice
  • Cucumber Ribbon to garnish


4. Hot Gin

  • 50ml Sling Shot Gin
  • 1tsp Honey
  • 20ml Lemon Juice
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick to garnish

Pop all ingredients into a glass, top with boiling water, stir & enjoy!


5. Tom Collins

  • 50ml Sling Shot Gin
  • 25ml Simple Syrup
  • 25ml Lemon Juice
  • Soda Water

6. White Lady 

  • 50ml Sling Shot Gin
  • 20ml Triple Sec
  • 5ml Simple Syrup
  • 1 Egg White
  • 25ml Lemon Juice


7. Hanky Panky 

  • 50ml Sling Shot Gin
  • 50ml Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 dashes Fernet Branca
  • Orange twist to garnish







8. Sling Shot G&T ft Thomas Henry Tonic Water

  • 50 ml Sling Shot Gin
  • Thomas Henry Tonic Water
  • 2 Slices of Orange 





9. Sling Shot Martini Lemon Swirl to garnish

  • 50ml Sling Shot Gin
  • 25ml Martini
  • Squeeze of 1/2 Lemon
  • Lemon Swirl to garnish






10 . Cranberry Delight 

  • 35ml Sling Shot Gin
  • 50ml Cranberry Juice
  • Top with Soda Water
  • 2 Slices of Orange to garnish


11. Sling Shot Gin Fizz

  • 35ml Sling Shot Gin
  • 15ml Elderflower Cordial
  • Top with Prosecco
  • Raspberries to garnish





12. Candy Cane Cocktail

  • 50ml Sling Shot Gin
  • 30ml Lime Juice
  • 25ml Simple Syrup
  • 1 Egg White
  • Crushed Candy Cane
Lough Ree Gin & Botanicals

Winner Alright- Gold For Sling Shot Distilled Irish Gin

We had quite the exciting week at Lough Ree Distillery as we received an award for our beautiful Sling Shot Gin. This reward has really lifted our spirits here in LRD HQ, it is great to see recognition for all our hard work. A special mention has to go to Claire, our distiller, who brings our product to life every single day. The entire team are over the moon with thanks to this great news. From talks at the dinner table over 2 years ago to an award winning gin, the journey of creating the finest, most highly regarded spirits is truly under way for Peter, Mike & Sheila.


12th March 2019

Sling Shot Distilled Irish Gin wins Great Gold at Catavinum World Wines and Spirits Competition

Sling Shot Distilled Irish Gin from Lough Ree Distillery has been awarded a Great Gold Medal in the Spirits Category of the Catavinum World Wines and Spirits Competition in Spain. Sling Shot was the only gin to be awarded Great Gold (95-100 points) in this International Competition with entries from across Europe.

This new Irish Gin is made by producing 4 separate high quality distillates which are then blended together to make the final Sling Shot Gin. Seven classic gin botanicals are used in the base recipe- Juniper, Coriander, Angelica, Orris Root, along with Lemon Balm, Cardamom and Celery Seed. This is blended with a specially prepared and distilled Citrus distillate from fresh organic, Oranges, Pink Grapefruit, Lemons and Limes; a fresh Mint distillate and finally a distillate of local Peat. Lough Ree Distillery are the first in the world to distil peat as a botanical and it provides great depth and complexity to the gin.

Sling Shot Distilled Irish Gin was launched in Ireland in October and has since been getting great feedback from trade and consumers, with listings in many of Ireland’s premium bars and restaurants. Lough Ree Distillery have commenced exporting to Germany and will shortly be available in several other International markets.

Commenting, Peter Clancy, CEO & Founder of Lough Ree Distillery, said:
“We are delighted with this award- it gives great external validation of the quality of our spirit and it is recognition for all the hard work that has in gone in to developing and producing Sling Shot Distilled Irish Gin. We have a small but committed team and I have no doubt that this award is the first of many for our spirits.”

About Lough Ree Distillery:
Lough Ree Distillery is a new, family owned distillery, based on the shores of Lough Ree in the centre of Ireland. Quality is hugely important to the company so everything that goes into Sling Shot is distilled, blended and bottled in Lough Ree’s  microdistillery in Lanesborough. Lough Ree Distillery’s main Irish Whiskey Distillery site is under construction with plans to open later this year.


For more information, please contact:
Peter Clancy: peter.clancy@lrd.ie +353 87 9040238(M) +353 43 3321542

Lough Ree Gin & Botanicals



2018 – What a year!!

2018 has been a most exciting year at Lough Ree Distillery HQ. From distilling our first spirit in our micro distillery, to launching  Sling Shot Irish Gin, proudly distilled and bottled in our hometown of Lanesborough on the shores of the mighty river Shannon.

We have had a fantastic year and 2019 will see us continue building not only an exciting, authentic and quality Irish brand that produces world class product but also developing our very own state of the art distillery in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands!

Thank you to everyone who has supported us from Lanesborough and beyond, we look forward to an exciting year ahead!


Lough Ree Distillery at Whiskey Live Dublin 2018

If you love Whiskey and are looking for a unique Tasting opportunity, Whiskey Live is for you.Claire with Sling Shot Gin at Whiskey Live

The team at the Celtic Whiskey Shop organised a wonderful event at Printworks, Dublin Castle over the weekend. There was such a great selection of not only Irish, Scottish and American Whiskey, but quality Irish gin too.

Of course, the team here at Lough Ree were at the sold out event. We offered Sling Shot Gin Tastings over the weekend and discussed our future Whiskey production in Lanesborough, hitting off in 2019!

The response to our gin, as always, was brilliant. Claire, our distiller, was chuffed at the reception the gin received from her industry peers.

The entire LRD Team featured over the weekend, it was a brilliant opportunity to showcase Sling Shot further afield!

Whiskey Live is a must for not only the whiskey lover, but the gin lover too! However, for the absolute gin enthusiast, we will be at The Gin Experience in April 2019 at Printworks, Dublin Castle.

Tickets available at https://www.whiskeylivedublin.com/tickets.htmlSling Shot Gin Tasting - Mullingar

As well as Whiskey Live, we also had a tasting in O’Briens Centra, Mullingar. Sheila was beaming with pride as Sling Shot was welcomed with open arms in her adopted hometown!

It too was a great success and the continued support in the locality is much appreciated, Sling Shot Gin is found in dozens of bars across the town!

You can check our list of Stockists on our website www.lrd.ie/stockists/

We have great coverage not only in the Midlands, but Dublin, Galway and Cork too.

As always, thanks for checking in with us at Lough Ree and we hope you all #ShoutForSlingShot this festive season!

Please send any queries to info@lrd.ie 

Sling Shot Gin Launch – what a night!

We are lost for words. The reaction to the launch of Sling Shot has exceeded our expectation in every way. We simply cannot get over the love and support shown to the team and the product. It has been an emotional rollercoaster at times in HQ this week, especially for our founders Mike, Peter & Sheila.

As with all businesses there are highs and lows, and we certainly experienced the climax this week. To see our friends, neighbours and strangers alike picking up a bottle of gin that we made here in Lanesborough certainly strikes a chord.

Every bottle produced in our distillery is labelled, bottled, sealed and packed by our team, even Peter joined in for a bit! It is genuinely a team effort; this week saw every department come together from bottling the gin to preparing for the launch.

Ye came out in force on Friday night, and although we did not get to speak to you all individually, we really appreciate the encouragement and value the continuing seal of approval. We hope you enjoyed the night as much as we did, and thank you to everyone who bought a bottle and supported Sling Shots inevitable national takeover!

For those who couldn’t make it, fear not we will be distributing our gin nationwide over the coming weeks and if you can’t wait that long, we are available to purchase from the Celtic Whiskey Shop website https://www.celticwhiskeyshop.com/Sling-Shot-Irish-Gin .

This is only the beginning of what already has been a long journey, but launching our gin, from our small distillery in our hometown made all the hard days seem easy! The Sling Shot brand is strong, original and contemporary; it reflects our values as a team and as a distillery and we look forward to seeing it on the shelves of pubs and retailers across the country!

Please remember to ask for Sling Shot in your local pub, off licence or supermarket and tag us in photos of you enjoying it!

Instagram and Twitter @LoughReeDistill , Facebook @LoughReeDistillery

As always, thanks for the continued support, if you have any queries email info@lrd.ie

The Team at Lough Ree Distillery

To catch up on photos from the night please see the clip below, we will be all photos on our Facebook page over the coming weeks!

Sling Shot Gin, what is in a name!

What a month is has been here at Lough Ree Distillery HQ! We only received our still on the 31st July and since then we have found our distiller, developed a great team and finalised our gin recipe! What more could we ask for?

We have decided it is time to share with all of our lovely supporters the name of our gin and the beautiful bottle we have. When we were deciding on the name and indeed the bottle we knew given the influx of gin to the market, that we had to be different, hopefully you like it!

To start off any product one of its most important features aside from its function is its name. We wanted something that was strong and individual, but it also had to have meaning and depth. The word Slingshot evokes thoughts of David & Goliath, while on the shores of Lough Ree we think of the demise of Queen Maeve, by a Slingshot from the Longford shore as she bathed at Inchcleraun (Quaker Island). Sling Shot creates a sense of strength, passion and determination, all qualities we strive for on a daily basis when producing our gin.

Here at Lough Ree Distillery, ‘Our Aim is True’, we strive to create the finest spirits and bring them to the world, from our hometown of Lanesborough. Our passion and dedication to do so reflect that of the tale of Queen Maeve.

We are holding our official launch on Friday 5th October in Lanesborough. We are so proud of how far we have already come and we are excited to see what the future holds for Lough Ree Distillery and our very first product, Sling Shot Gin. If you are interested in attending our launch please email info@lrd.ie for further details.

We would love for you to come on this journey with us and share in our growing history.

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Chat soon,

The Team at Lough Ree Distillery

Finalised Gin Recipe!

Today was a momentous day at Lough Ree Distillery as we finalised our gin recipe. After weeks of trials and producing numerous distillates, we have settled on Batch #4! Julia, Claire and the entire production team are delighted with the end result.

Over the past couple of weeks, we have distilled many unusual botanicals, some worked, and others were mildly disastrous!! Claire’s personal favourite catastrophe was her attempt at distilling carrots!! You can be reassured in the knowledge that there is zero carrot content in our final gin!

When developing the recipe, we noted that it was important for our gin not only to be unique, but also to be diverse and have distinctive local character. Our final recipe compromises of four different distillates and seven botanicals in total. The first is our base gin, made up of a number of classical gin botanicals. We also distil citrus fruits, mint and our secret ingredient to be disclosed closer to our launch. The result is a fresh, bold gin with a full bodied, lingering finish. It’s a gem, if we say so ourselves!

To ensure we got it right, we tried our gin with a number of different garnishes and tonics, all kindly prepared by our spirits enthusiast, Julia. She paired our gin with three different tonics and each tonic characterised a different flavour in the gin.

Over the coming weeks you will see us preparing for the release of the gin, we have Claire strapped to the still so that we are ready to launch on October 5th! If you have any queries about our Production, Sales or Marketing please email info@lrd.ie

Thanks for the support,

The team at Lough Ree Distillery

Introduction to Production at Lough Ree Distillery

Production has started this week here at Lough Ree Distillery, the creative juices are flowing, and two integral parts of the operation have arrived, our still and our distiller!

Claire, our master of the still, hails from the Rebel County, and has brought great confidence and conviction to our production team. Claire started her journey in University College Cork, where she studied Food Science, but soon found her love for Irish Spirits and pursued her studies in brewing and distilling at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. She had previously worked in Irish Distillers in Co Cork. This is Claire’s first time developing a Gin; she is working alongside Julia Nourney, an award winning spirit judge, writer and developer to produce Irelands finest Gin. I think we are in safe hands!

Our still is a bespoke copper pot still, developed by Mueller in Germany. It has a capacity to hold approx 150 Litres and has the ability to produce a distinctive spirit of high refinement and concentrated flavour. The flexible design of the still allows us to be creative and innovative in the production of not only our Gin but any future spirits created by Lough Ree Distillery. The ability to adapt and tailor our production means we can develop custom, small batch distillates. Julia, Claire and the team have had great fun experimenting with a wide range of traditional botanicals as well as unique local ingredients.

Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks as our Gin starts to take shape!


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