Top 100 Most Ambitious Companies in Ireland for 2022

Drink Botanicals Ireland is named in Spark Crowdfunding  ‘Top 100 Most Ambitious Companies In Ireland for 2022’.

“This year’s programme attracted almost 200 nominations from throughout every county in Ireland. The winners highlight the thriving entrepreneurial environment across the island of Ireland, with sectors including finance, education, technology, consumer, leisure and healthcare all represented. We are especially pleased to see such a large proportion of female founders in this year’s cohort, as well as a disproportionately high number of founders under the age of 30. The future is indeed very bright in their hands.
In what has been a really tough period of trading for many entrepreneurs, it has been equally uplifting to see so many companies scale their businesses and increase employment in the current environment.   The 100 companies that we recognise here have demonstrated ambitious growth potential and we wish them well for 2022 and beyond”.

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30 under 30: Young guns who are shooting for the stars

“Some of our brightest (and youngest) business brains are putting their dreams to work”.

Laura McCarthy, founder and CEO of Drink Botanicals Ireland, is named in Irelands 30 under 30 list.



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Making It Work: DIY gin fusion kits business adds natural syrups to the mix

Drink Botanicals founder Laura McCarthy expanded her company during lockdown, launching a range of naturally flavoured syrups for high-end cocktails




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Natural syrups add fruity zest to summer cocktails

“When the shift to home drinking accelerated during the pandemic, and consumers started drinking more sophisticated cocktails, I noticed there were no natural, reasonably priced syrups on the market to put into them. Also, the majority of the syrups that were available contained tons of artificial colourings and flavourings,” says McCarthy. “That set me thinking, and I can honestly say that Covid-19 presented me with an opportunity and a gap in the market that I decided to fill.”

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Food entrepreneurs push out boundaries of innovation

“Laura McCarthy developed a taste for commerce at the tender age of eight when she ran yard sales outside her parents’ home. By 12, she was selling on Ebay and eight years later she founded Drink Botanicals, which produces infusion kits for budding mixologists.

McCarthy got the idea for her business when she found herself paying a premium for fancy gin and tonics with “garnishes” such as rose petals and juniper berries. She started researching how to make them at home and towards the end of 2017 approached the owner of her local off-licence with her kit idea.”

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International Women’s Day – Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

Laura McCarthy, founder of Drink Botanicals Ireland shares her business story to over 300 guests to celebrate International Women’s Day in conjunction with Dublin Chamber and the Local Enterprise Offices.

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IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2020.

Laura McCarthy, founder of Drink Botanicals Ireland was shortlisted and the runner up for the Best Start-up of the year 2019 – in partnership with Enterprise Ireland.

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A short cut to the perfect gin raises spirits across Ireland

Laura McCarthy, founder of Drink Botanicals Ireland features in The Sunday Business Post.

“McCarthy has brought to market a fusion kit for consumers who want to “up-style” gin and tonic drinks at home with a combination of ginger root, cardamom pods, hibiscus flower, star anise and juniper berries.”

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Drink Botanicals Ireland is shortlisted as a finalist in the Lions Den pitch competition 2018

Laura McCarthy, founder of Drink Botanicals Ireland was shortlisted for the Lions Den pitch competition at the Food & Retail Hospitality Expo at Citywest in 2018.

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Drink Botanicals Ireland is announced the winner of a Facebook sponsored competition

Laura McCarthy, Founder and CEO of Drink Botanicals Ireland has been named as the winner of a Facebook-sponsored elevator pitch competition in Dublin. The competition was part of the Fuelling Ambition ‘Lead and Succeed’ Roadshow event in Facebook, Dublin organised by Enterprise Ireland and Network Ireland, in conjunction with the Entrepreneurs Academy. The event was attended by businesswomen and entrepreneurs from the East region.

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