What to Drink in Ireland and the U.K.

By Michelle Yastremsky

The Gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen's lives and minds than all the doctors in the empires. - Winston Churchill

Whether sipping on Scotch in the Scottish highlands or topping off that pint of Guinness in Ireland’s oldest pub, your next trip calls for a glass of the good stuff!

We’ve compiled the ultimate list of some of the most iconic sips throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, so you can spend less time planning and more time sampling the local stouts and spirits.

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Guinness • Ireland

Home of the famous black stuff.

There are few things more synonymous with Ireland than Guinness, so treating yourself to a pint is a quintessential part of your Ireland vacation. In Dublin you can even take a tour of the famous Guinness Storehouse, and learn how to pour the perfect pint from the pros.

Scotch Whisky • Scotland

Come for the scenery, stay for the Scotch.

Scottish Whisky, or Scotch, has a cult following, and for good reason. Each type embodies the flavors of the specific farm, region, and even water supply. Scotland has five distinct whisky regions, each producing their own distinct version of this spiked staple.
From the maritime-influenced hints of salt in the scotch from Islay, to the robust peaty sip produced in the Lowlands and single malt Speyside scotch produced around Inverness in the highlands. Each of these regions promises a unique tasting experience.

Irish Whiskey • Northern Ireland

A smoother finish than that of its Scottish relative.

Irish Whiskey can be found in both Ireland and Northern Ireland, but if you’re still sweating out the black stuff from your tour of the Guinness Storehouse, make your way up north to get a sample of this world-famous spirit.

Gin & Tonic • England

When in London, drink London Gin!

Winston Churchill once declared, “The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire.” This classic cocktail was invented by British soldiers while stationed in India, and the cocktail world was never the same again.

Mead • Wales

How to say cheers in welsh: Iechyd Da!

Wales may not be the first place you think of when planning out a drinking tour of the U.K., but its rich mead history dating all the way back to the Celtic settlers makes it a destination point for fans of this fermented honey-wine.

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