When we heard a butcher in Northern Ireland invented gin & tonic sausages, we all exclaimed, "Savage!" That's Irish for "awesome," much like "wicked" in the Northeast. Regional exclamations aside, McCartney's of Moira in County Down just released gin-and-tonic-infused pork sausage, made with Gordon's Gin and Schweppes Indian Tonic and seasoned with a super-secret blend of botanicals.
Oh, and they're totally gluten-free.
Great News! Our Gin & Tonic Pork Sausages have been confirmed as GLUTEN FREE!
Posted by McCartney's Of Moira on Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Since their launch in July, Gin & Tonic sausages have been turning heads, even making an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers as the latest addition to McCartney's line of artisanal sausages.
The award-winning butcher offers more 40 other varieties, including the boozy Kopparberg Pear Cider and Guinness flavor. McCartney's also offers more traditional flavors that sound no less delicious, like Hot & Spicy, Mango Pineapple, and Sweet Chili.
"Meat" the geniuses behind Gin & Tonic sausages.
Butcher Judith Millar dreamed up the idea for the Gin & Tonic flavor this summer. "It was a random idea I had for Gin and Tonic sausages, I am a Gin drinker myself and we just decided it would be something different for the summer," she told reporters from BelfastLive.
When culinary creativity struck, Judith began scribbling notes down and soon brought her idea to the butcher's block. She assumed it would take time, trial, and error to perfect the recipe, and was surprised to find the sausages were delicious right off the bat.
"We managed to get it right first time because sometimes it takes practice, but we were really pleased with it," said Millar. A sixth-generation butcher, Millar says her family's shop has been crafting sausages for more than 50 years, and first began crafting boozy sausages in the 1980s.
Where to find Gin & Tonic Sausages
Okay, so here's the bad news: these gin-and-meat masterpieces are only available in Northern Ireland.
We can add that to the list of other gin-inspired products only available in the U.K., a magical land where you can find gin-infused salmon, gin-flavored popcorn, and even gin-and-tonic ice cream on supermarket shelves. Guess it's time to book that U.K. trip, huh, gin fans?