NewsThe Botanist Teams Up With The Independent Restaurant Coalition To Support Bars And Restaurants

The Botanist Teams Up With The Independent Restaurant Coalition To Support Bars And Restaurants


The Botanist Islay Dry Gin has announced a new partnership with the Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC) to support local restaurants and bars as they continue to rebuild their businesses and navigate the impacts of COVID-19. The partnership is timed to the start of the promising spring season, when many bars and restaurants will hopefully be reopening. At participating locations in April and May, The Botanist will donate $5 to the Independent Restaurant Coalition up to $25,000 for every Botanist & Tonic or Botanist & Tonic To-Go Carrier Kit purchased.

“We know the hardships that many local restaurants and bars have faced over the last year. That’s why we are proud to be partnering with the Independent Restaurant Coalition on this initiative,” said Ian McLernon, President and CEO of Rémy Cointreau Americas. “People are at the heart of everything we do at Rémy Cointreau. This is particularly true for The Botanist, which comes from one of the only distilleries in the world to be B Corp certified – a distillery that believes in putting people and purpose in line with profit and in using business as a force for good. Through this partnership, we want to do our part to give back and help rebuild our local bar and restaurant community.” 

Hailing from the Bruichladdich Distillery in Islay, which leads with people-centric policies and progressive attitudes, The Botanist has always set out to put community at the forefront of its mission and purpose. As the optimistic and hopeful spring season begins, it is important that the community The Botanist supports extends beyond its home isle to the independent bar and restaurant community in the U.S. It is with this spirit that The Botanist hopes to help rebuild the family of restaurants and bars that always bring so much joy and energy to their local communities.

“When we set out to help the hospitality industry as it grappled with the impacts of COVID-19, we knew that a federal grant program would be the best way to give local restaurants and bars confidence they could get through this crisis,” says Erika Polmar, Executive Director of the IRC. “Grassroots donors and brands like The Botanist have enabled us to make that grant program a reality and advocate for the industry in Washington for the first time. The forthcoming Restaurant Revitalization Fund will help countless restaurants and bars make payroll and rent, pay down debt, and survive the pandemic. We’re so thankful for the continued support we’re receiving through the Botanist program, which will help us ensure that struggling restaurants and bars can access the relief they need as fast as possible.”

All participating restaurants and bars can be found on Donations will be doubled for all purchases made over Memorial Day Weekend (May 28 – 31).

The Botanist & Tonic

  • 2 oz The Botanist Islay Dry Gin
  • Premium tonic water – to taste
  • Garnish with seasonal fruit or herbs – as desired

Pour gin into a highball glass and add ice. Add premium tonic water to your taste.

For more information on The Botanist, check out the official website.

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