The 15 Series, Week 3: 15 Seasonal Sips For Winter

ely restaurants celebrates its 15th birthday this year and each week, The 15 Series brings you 15 tips on topics such as food, wine, culture, lifestyle, craft beer and more!

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15 Seasonal Sips For Winter

As winter approaches, tropical fruits, rosés and lighter beers move over for robust reds, fuller whites, apples, cinnamon and warming drinks. Here are 15 craft beers, cocktails and wines to enjoy this season.

1. Pietra 

An intriguing Corsican amber beer with sweet chestnut flavours, this tipple is a nice one for winter as it also has a touch of spice and citrus. These spices, combined with nuttiness and surprising caramel hints, makes Pietra a unique and light choice for that first drink on a cold evening.


2. Spiced Apple Grog
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Cocktails featuring spices will be everywhere next season and drinking them hot is one of the best ways to enjoy them. Spiced Apple Grog contains Jameson, Highbank Drivers Cider (N/A, GF and organic), cinnamon shavings and “Ireland’s answer to maple syrup”, Highbank organic orchard syrup. Serve hot and enjoy at home at the end of a long day, or let us make it for you at ely bar & brasserie, (the Chq Building), Dublin 1.


3. John Duval “Plexus” Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre

Winter calls for something warming and decadent and this wine, from the Barossa Valley in Australia, delivers on both counts. Velvety smooth, spicy and lush, think of a glass of this as a hot-water bottle for the soul.


4. Cloughmore Dark Water Stout

Cloughmore Dark Water Stout is brewed in the foothills of the Mourne mountains and draws its main ingredient from  the local water supplied from the reservoir, making this an unfiltered craft Irish Stout. With a body of roasted barley and oats with accompanying light chocolate flavours, this makes a nice change from the usual stout we tend to return to drinking this time of the year.


5. Michael Collins

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Using a whiskey substitute instead of gin in the classic Tom Collins adds a little more winter depth and results in the refreshing and fruity Michael Collins. If making it at home, shake a good Irish whiskey, fresh lemon juice, sugar and strain into a glass. Add ice cubes, carbonated water and stir. Or sit back and enjoy as we rustle one up for you at ely bar & brasserie, (the Chq Building), Dublin 1.


6. Champagne Dravigny Godbillon ‘Cuvee Ambre’ Brut     
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The festive season rolls around and many of us fill with cheer. If the time does come to break out the bubbles this year, why not try one from a small, virtually unknown Champagne house who make some outstanding wines. Their style is akin to some of the more famous ( and expensive) Grand Marque Houses. A blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier, this is a wonderfully rich and biscuity Champagne.


7. Craigies Dalliance Cider

Lover of wine but not a fan of cider? The folks at Craigies have hit the nail on the head with Dalliance. Not too sweet, Dalliance is dry and made with not one but three Irish apple varieties. This light bodied cider is sure to please many this season.


 8. Cognac Cure
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 A warming and comforting drink, Cognac is a perfect tipple for this time of the year. In this cocktail, the sourness of fresh lime juice mixed with the sweet taste of the honey compliments the rich taste of the Cognac. Combine with a splash of  carbonated water and top with ice. DIY or enjoy it at ely bar & brasserie, (the Chq Building), Dublin 1.


9. Kir-Yianni Xinomavro “Ramnista”

A revelation and certainly one to enjoy during these darker days with dimmed lights. Produced from the Xinomavro grape, this Greek wine, with its hints of dark fruits, is a vinous superstar waiting to be discovered. Best described as combining the seductive qualities of Pinot with the structure of Nebbiolo.


10. Pauwel Kwak

With one of the coolest glasses out there, you might be led to thinking that this Belgian strong ale is all hat and no cattle. However, Kwak is all substance! Rich and velvety with subtle hints of caramel and spice, this is probably our top choice of winter craft brew.


11. Hot Wine Lemonade
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Hot wine? Wine lemonade? Surprisingly, all of the ingredients to this winter warming cocktail do work really well together. We use a splash of Bordeaux, fresh lemon juice, sugar syrup and hot water. Don’t knock it ’til you try it, available at ely bar & brasserie, (the Chq Building), Dublin 1.


12. Domaine Alary “La Brunotte” Cairanne Côte du Rhône

A perennial favourite at ely over the years, this is a classic of its kind. Perfect for these months with its dark berry fruit, white pepper and Christmas spice, along with fantastic length. This is the type of wine that makes us happy, every time.


13. Williams Brothers Joker IPA

This nice and fruity IPA is probably one of Williams Brothers’ best. Joker IPA offers a lovely  hop taste along with fresh and light citrus notes. Not to be mistaken for a summer beer, this easy-going, drinkable IPA can be enjoyed right into the winter months.


14. Winter Berry Cosmo
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Autumn brought the best of the seasonal berries and we don’t know about you but there’s only so much jam we can enjoy! We’re taking those frozen berries and putting them to use for the winter months. For a Winter Berry Cosmo, include the berries in with the usual mix of vodka, fresh cranberry & lime juice and orange liqueur or fine blend the berries as a delicious replacement for the cranberry juice.


15. Les Hauts de Montforts Minervois
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Predominantly made from old vine Grenache, this is full-bodied perfect red for the winter months. With woody herbs, dark fruit and soft tannins this is the wine of choice for sitting by the fire.


All of the wines mentioned above are available to enjoy at ely wine bar, 22 Ely Place, Dublin 2 and ely bar & brasserie, IFSC, Dublin 1

All of the cocktails & craft beers mentioned above are available to enjoy at ely bar & brasserie, IFSC, Dublin 1.

tips, tipples & table talk – Week 12

We’ve got two amazing recipes for you in this week’s tips, tipples and table talk. One is a scrumptious Strawberry & Citrus Sangria, which some do say is the wine lover’s answer to strawberry daiquiris and the other, features the 200-year-classic Pernod adding a delicious twist to the classic mussels accompaniment. We also give you a little insight into our old friends and “Craggy Island” neighbouring farm, The Mc Cormacks who now run “Tea at Father Teds”. Up with that sort of thing.

Tipple Tip of the Week: Strawberry & Citrus Sangria

Although we’re reaching the end of the sunshine season, we’ve still got one or two summery drinks recipes up our sleeve! Some of you may have had the pleasure of visiting Spain this year but for those of you who haven’t, enjoy this fruity and sweet taste of Spanish Sangria, in only 4 steps and all without having to leave your house.

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What You Need:

  • 1 btl Rioja
  • ½ measure of Cognac/Brandy
  • 1 measure of triple sec
  • 1 ½ measures of fresh orange juice
  • 6 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Soda water
  • 1 punnet of strawberries
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 10 slices of lime, 10 slices of lemon, 10 slices of orange

How We Do It:

  • Cut the strawberries, mix with sugar and let sit for 4 hours.
  • Mix all other ingredients in a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for 4 hours.
  • Mix the strawberries with the refrigerated mixture
  • Add ice and fruit, serve and enjoy.

Enjoy specialty cocktails at ely bar & brasserie, IFSC, Dublin 1. 

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Table Talk of the Week: Father Ted’s Farm

Father Ted’s house is an organic farm neighbouring the ely family farm  in national landmark, The Burren, Co. Clare. Long time friends of ely, Patrick & Cheryl Mc Cormack supply each of the 3 ely restaurants with their suberb organic Burren lamb. Fans will recognise the house as the location for the extremely popular “Father Ted” television series.

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Joe Mardis, the location manager for the series, has family connections in the area and while having a drink with friends from the locality they came up with the idea of setting the series in the Burren. The experience was a very positive one for the Mc Cormack family, the show brought a lot of fun and income to the area and many locals featured in the series.

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You can now enjoy ‘Tea at Father Teds, which includes all home baking using only organic ingredients. Patrick Mc Cormack, a wonderful speaker, tells the story of the family’s Fr. Ted experience, the history of the house, providing guided walks of the farm and recommend other places to visit and things to do in the locality.

Learn more about the Burren, Co. Clare and the organic ely family farm here.

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Taste Tip of the Week: Mussels with Fennel & Pernod

Adding Pernod, the French liqueur, to traditional steamed mussels gives them a deliciously gentle sweet flavour. This recipe offers a refreshing alternative to the popular dish of mussels with white wine and cream sauce.

A Note For The Cook:

Scrub the mussels first in clean water to remove the barnacles and pull off any beards. It’s much easier to do this if you take 2 mussels and use the pointed end of one to clean the other. Check if an open mussel is safe to eat by tapping it gently on a counter top. If it closes easily, it’s ok to eat. If it remains open, discard.

ely card musselsWhat You Need:

  • 1 fennel bulb with leaves, diced
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 800g-1kg fresh mussels
  • 100ml pernod
  • 150ml cream
  • ½ lemon, sliced, to garnish
  • flat-leaf parsley, to garnish

Serves 4

pernodHow We Do It:

  • Prepare the mussels (see note for the cook, above).
  • Sauté the fennel and shallot in a small amount of oil over a medium heat.
  • When they have softened slightly, add the mussels and leave for 1 minute, then add the pernod.
  • Flambé the pernod, then allow the alcohol to reduce. Add the cream and reduce again until the mussels are just coated.
  • Serve in a large bowl garnished with lemon slices, fennel leaves, sprigs of flat-leaf parsley  if  you like.

Enjoy fresh delicious seafood in Dublin’s iconic wine bar, ely wine bar, 22 Ely Place, Dublin 2.

craft beers & cocktails @ ely – Part 1

Craft beers & ely cocktails by Barry Rowan bar manager at ely gastro bar on Grand Canal Square.
With these hot summer temperatures in Dublin, the first thing most people think of when deciding what to drink is a throw up between a glass of rose, prosecco or a pint bottle of Bulmers.

Here’s a look at what else to order…

hollowsHallows and Fentimans Ginger Beer.

Look this beer up on websites such as ratebeer.com or beeradvocat.com and it will score horrendously!
Folks on there have no time for such products such as Hallows Ginger beer.

One reviewer called it a sweet “alcoholic ginger lemonade“. They do not consider this to be a beer.
I don’t either, it is so much more. I would call this more of an “alcoholic ginger lemonade” than a ginger beer. Served with a glass of ice this is one of the most refreshing drinks out there.

The punch of ginger is certainly a winner and served with a slice of orange it will cool you down in a matter of seconds.


image3Frozen margarita.

The Margarita is one of the easiest and delicious cocktails out there. Tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and sugar.

The cocktail, served with a salted rim is one of the most iconic, refreshing and brilliant cocktails ever to exist. Just pop the lot in a blender, with ice and you have yourself a frozen margarita!

We have been selling them at ely by the glass or in 1ltr jugs down here and they have been going down a treat. Order one of these on a hot summer’s day and I swear, you’ll be asking yourself why you’ve never done this before!

For more cocktails and craft beers visit elywinebar.ie

tips, tipples & table talk – Week 5

This week’s post will have all the usual tips, tipples and table talk, but we thought we’d take this oppourtunity to highlight a more serious issue: It’s broken, so let’s fix it. Ireland has the highest tax on wine in Europe, 576% higher than the EU average (according to NOFFLA) and that’s before the 70% mark up some places add on. This summer, when we see so many overseas visitors to our fair isle, we must take a moment to look at our taxes, our margins,  how wine lovers from abroad must view our wine pricing when dining out – and how we can fix it.

Top Insta Pics of the Week

A picture speaks a thousand words and our ely customers sure are a snap happy bunch! Here are our top pick of instagram pictures we spotted from you guys this week.

Free wifi (so you can get snapping) at: ely bar & brasserieely gastro bar ely wine bar 

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Taste tip of the Week: The ‘Wine with Fish’ Question

This summer, you’ll no doubt be enjoying some delicious fresh fish at home, as the main dish at a garden party or tucking in to it at one of our elys. With that in mind we thought we’d discuss which wine should accompany your fish.

People sometimes wonder whether the ‘white wine with fish, red wine with meat’ rule really matters. While we think that you should always drink the wine you want, we also believe that there are a few reasons for the customs and traditions that have developed around wine over hundreds of years.

Like all traditions, people will be tempted to break with them. And while there’s perhaps no harm in that, the fact is that most dry white wines go with fish, and most red wines go with meat. An exception might be a very rich fish dish, which can be
complemented by a light red – maybe a pinot noir or gamay-based wine.

Enjoy our superb-for-sharing seafood platter for 2 + btl Raphael Palacios ‘Bolo’ Godello, Valdeorras, €65 at: ely wine bar 

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Tipple of the Week: The Caipirinha 

The World Cup is in full swing and Brazil is the talk of the town this week. Some comments are good, some not-so but it’s not their football skills we’re interested in. With all the good weather of late we’d be forgiven for sitting back on the terrace, relaxing and imagining we’re on the sunny strand of Copacabana while we sip on Brazil’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha.

What you need:

  • 1 lime, quartered
  • 2 teaspoons fine sugar
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 ounces of cachaça

Place the lime wedges and sugar into an old fashioned glass. Muddle well. Fill the glass with ice cubes and pour in the cachaca. Stir well and when drinking, stir often.

Note: It’s important to use real cachaça as it is the main driving force behind the cocktail! We use Brazilian sagatiba cachaça.

Available at: ely bar & brasserie

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Talking point of the Week: Wine, Taxes, And Ireland’s Broken System.

“DUBLIN – Forest fires in Australia.

Heavy rains in Spain.

Hailstorms and heat waves in France and Italy.

Plus a cumulative 60% tax increase in the past twelve months.

No, these are not signs that the apocalypse is upon us.

They are just the factors affecting how a bottle of wine makes its way to your table – and what it costs when it gets there – when your table is within the city limits of Dublin, Ireland in particular.” – Cathy Huyghe, Forbes

Check out the full Forbes article and read ely’s wine value promise to you.

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Event of the Week: The Wildlife Photographer of the Year

For the first time ever, The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is in Dublin and open to the public from Friday 27th June. Now in its 50th year, the competition has resulted in some of the most memorable and thought provoking images of the natural world. 100 award winning images from the 2013 competition will be on display at the CHQ Building, IFSC. This one isn’t just for nature and wildlife enthusiasts but travel, culture and photography fans will enjoy it too!

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