Samuel Gelstons – Gold Rush Campaign

Since 1830 Samuel Gelston has been ageing, blending and bottling Irish Whiskeys. The Simon Gelston Whiskeys range from young Malts and Single Pot Stills all the way up to 28 Year Old Single Malt, from Sherry Cask to Rum Cask to Pinot Cask finishes. A grand portfolio of Whiskeys.

Their motto is – Honour, Honesty and Integrity!

Emily Doherty, a Belfast-based award-winning mixologist together with gold prospector Vince Thurkettle are the leads in the new Gelson’s Gold Rush Campaign

This campaign will unveil gold-inspired cocktail recipes, a gold panning in the home of the brand and an insight into Ireland’s prospecting past.

Emily added: “My inspiration behind this drink was to take the classic ‘gold rush’ cocktail and put a modern twist on it. Hot honey is something that became very popular this year and there is a good reason for it. You get the sweetness and floral notes coming from the honey with the light spice and black pepper from the chilli. The other ingredients in this cocktail are the type of ingredients you see in a Margarita but they work incredibly well with whiskey, the orange juice opens up the sweet notes in the spirit and the salt rim balances out the sweetness.”

Vince commented: “I love all the gold rush stories and have prospected out in Australia in the area where the 1850s gold rush took place, and Harry made his fortune. I have recovered gold and treasure from a tragic shipwreck from that time, the ‘Royal Charter’ which was bringing gold miners and their families home – and carried about 150 million Euros worth of gold. If Harry had been on that ship we wouldn’t now have these fabulous whiskeys. Whiskey and gold, two key ingredients to all the great gold rushes – I am so pleased that they are being brought together again, and absolutely delighted to be a part of this Gelston’s adventure.”

Let’s have a look at their first cocktail:-

The Gelston’s Gold Rush ingredients:

50ml Samuel Gelston’s Blended Irish Whiskey
20ml Lime juice
30ml Fresh orange juice
10ml Hot honey 


Shake all ingredients over ice and strain into an iced punch or rocks glass, with a salt rim, and a burnt orange slice as garnish.

To make the hot honey, pick a fine honey, add two chillies, or add two teaspoons of dried chilli flakes, leave for two days and strain.

The second cocktail is:-

Samuel Gelston’s Spiced Star

Emily’s inspiration behind this drink is the iconic gold star on the Gelston’s bottle.

Emily says, “Samuel Gelstons Irish Cream is a warm hug in a glass, it is smooth, creamy and sweet, perfect with a hot coffee and spiced brown sugar syrup.”

Spiced Star ingredients:

50ml Samuel Gelston’s Irish Cream Liqueur
10ml Spiced brown sugar syrup
60ml Americano coffee
Double cream to top


Pour all the ingredients into a steamed Irish coffee glass and layer your thick cream on top with a spoon. Garnish with star anise.

To make your own spiced syrup, mix one cup of brown sugar and one cup of hot water with your favourite spices. Emily’s choice of spices is cinnamon, cloves and star anise.

Having made and tasted The Gelston’s Gold Rush, I just loved it and this will be a regular when Nicola and I are doing some cocktails.

I am not a great lover of cream liqueurs, so in this instance my wife, Jacqueline is a lover of cream liqueur, so I left it up to her to taste Gelston’s Irish Cream Liqueur, she loved it and it is one of her top cocktails.

I am now looking forward to the up and coming new cocktails from Samuel Gelston.

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