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Thursday 30 March 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# drinks

Last year
# happy hour again
'Delighted' ... 'badly needed' - Positive early reaction to late-night club opening change
It is intended that the bill be enacted at some stage next year
All time
# New Figures
More than half of reported spiking incidents in 2021 allegedly involved needles
A person convicted of poisoning can be sentenced to up to three years in prison.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you drink too many sugary drinks?
Drinking large amounts can increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
# bar cart
You can get everything you need for that #Insta bar cart in Aldi for €50
And just in time for Christmas.
# Mix it up
Settle this once and for all. What's the absolute best gin mixer?
I recently discovered gin and ginger and will never look back.
# the white hag
'We've seen at least four craft breweries close down this year': Fighting back against Big Beer
It can be challenging out there for craft breweries – we spoke to two about how they make it work.
# Alcohol
What Bulmers is doing to reverse its slipping Irish cider sales
The drink is selling well in off-licences – but pubs are a challenge.
# blue is the warmest colour
People are going mad for this blue prosecco, but all we're seeing is WKD
That’d go down well in a chilly field, wouldn’t it?
# Your Say
Poll: Do you drink sugar-free drinks?
New research has found that sugar-free and diet drinks may not actually help you lose weight.
# get bucky
Buckfast have created the 'Buckfast bellini', just in time for Christmas
Nana, may I interest you in Prosecco with a dash of Bucky on this fine Christmas morn?
# lightbulb moment
Cafés are serving drinks in lightbulbs now, and the world has officially gone mad
Nope. This, THIS is the tipping point.
# Bottoms Up
Women have caught up with men's drinking habits
That’s according to new research undertaken in western countries.
# Red Lemonade
Here's why red lemonade is the Irish fizzy drink worth travelling for
Back off, it’s ours.
# Obesity
Varadkar says state will fight legal challenges to sugar tax
Minister Varadkar has been calling for a sugar tax for some time now, but other powers that be appear to be stalling on the tax.
# margs on margs
10 delicious ways to take your love of margaritas to the next level
Get them int’ye.
# fizzy orange
Ireland may wait for the UK's fizzy drinks tax before bringing in its own
We may not have to pay until 2018.
# pure notions
Somebody scrawled the most Irish insult onto the wall of this Dublin pub's jacks
They don’t like the new direction it’s going.
# fighting obesity
Britain is bringing in a sugar tax on fizzy drinks
There has been a push in Ireland in recent years to get such a tax introduced.
# cocktails
Here's what your cocktail of choice says about you
SO SO much.
# mystery substances
A group of Cork students have designed an app that tells if a drink has been spiked
Their app – which is at an advanced stage of design – could be used to test drinks at any pub, club or party.
# like a virgin
8 delicious non-alcoholic pub drinks to get anyone through Dry January
“What can I order at the bar?” One of these!
Here's what your New Year's Eve tipple says about you
Lest we judge ye.
# it's a no go
Sorry Leo, fizzy drinks won't be taxed
The Health Minister had asked for a 20% tax on the drinks to help tackle obesity.
# bloody hell
7 places in Dublin to get a damned good Bloody Mary
For when your hangover needs that something extra.
# warning
Ireland on course to be the fattest country in Europe by 2030
The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) is calling for tougher control on tobacco, obesity and alcohol.
# lager not latte
Starbucks is transforming coffee shops into bars but would you go to one for a beverage?
No plans have yet been announced for Irish chains.
# fizzy pop fightback
San Francisco is being sued over its sugary drinks warning labels
It has also banned advertising sugary drinks on city property, like billboards.
# drink time
This Irish cook has been mixing it up 'like a pro' as part of the Jamie Oliver empire
Cold brew coffee made with kitchen paper, anyone? How about a knockout G&T?
# In The Mix
8 cocktails everyone in Galway needs to try once
If you haven’t been drinking these, what HAVE you been doing?
# pint of the clear stuff
A bar that serves only tap water opened in London today
# Tequila Sunrise
6 cocktails it's perfectly acceptable to have for brunch, and how to make them
Ah go on.
# make mine a single
The EU wants you to know there's the same calories in a glass of wine as a slice of cake
Some companies have said they will voluntarily list the calorie count on their beers.
# liquid cals
Poll: Would calorie counts on alcohol packaging affect what you drink?
The European Commission is drawing up legislation.
# decisions decisions
11 brunches you need to try in Dublin this weekend
Bloody Marys for the table, please.
# ew
Watch Irish people taste weird American fizzy drinks
And this isn’t Coke we’re talking here.
# Health
Good news for coffee drinkers. A few cups a day reduces your risk of diabetes
Drinking three to four cups of coffee per day apparently isn’t all that bad.
# revelation
The Frames put on a free bar for their fans at Whelan's last night
This has to be one of the soundest things anyone has ever done.
# wheres the beef
Simon Coveney is jetting off to the US to talk about beef
The minister has 16 meetings planned over the next four days with multinationals, potential investors and politicians.
# wine not?
According to science, here is the optimum way to enjoy wine
In a red room with sweet music. ;)
# Summer Summer Time
In Ireland, good weather equals big profits for Bulmers
Net revenues for drinks giant C&C from Ireland climbed to €237.3 million last year.