After hundreds of years of illegal production, poitin (known as the Original Irish Spirit) was made legal in 1997.

Dave Mulligan, owner of Bar 1661, the world’s first poitin-focused cocktail bar located in Dublin serves this classic riff on Irish Coffee using Mad March Hare Irish Poitin, one of the first premium Irish poitins to be made commercially following legalization. Perfect for January 25th, National Irish Coffee Day.

Drink Of The Week: Belfast Coffee

Drink Of The Week: Belfast Coffee

Belfast Coffee


  • 3 parts cold brew coffee
  • 2 parts Mad March Hare Irish Poitín
  • 1 part demerara syrup
  • Double (heavy) cream
  • Nutmeg on top

Preparation: Prepare coffee; stir ingredients into a Nick and Nora glass. Top with double cream. Garnish with nutmeg. Lean how-to make heavy cream below.

Want to learn more about poitin? If you are attending this year’s San Antonio Cocktail Conference, Dave Mulligan and Mad March Hare Irish Poitín are hosting masterclass events. For more information, please visit or connect with the brand on Instagram to learn about events coming to your part of the country throughout the year:

Mad March Hare Premium Irish Poitín, bottle on white

Mad March Hare Premium Irish Poitín