Dear colleagues, friends and guests how about turning the IRISH MERMAID Cocktail into a NEW CLASSIC, making the drink in your Bar and spreading the word about it?
I’ve been thinking about this after 2 years of amazing feedbacks from my guests and decided it would be nice to share it with you all, because sharing is caring right?
This drink got a Certificate of Excellence from Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller and appears in the World’s Best Bars “Ramping up the Classics” Series.
- It has been included onto the Gaz regan’s 101 Best New Cocktails 2013
Gaz comment: Superb! The Aperol and orgeat dance together all night in your mouth after drinking just one of these babies. Max: It’s almost like you know what you’re doing!
- It has also been featured on Class Magazine amongst the “30 of the best cocktails invented since 2000” by Simon Difford
“THE IRISH MERMAID”
35 ml BUSHMILLS 16 (try also a nice twist using BUSHMILLS 10)
10 ml Cherry Heering
10 ml Aperol
5 ml Orgeat
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Garnish with Brandied Black Cherries cooked and reduced into Cherry Heering (if you find nice brandied cherries or Luxardo Maraschino black cherries is fine too, as long as they’re not the cheap red plastic ones).
This Cocktail is originally made with Bushmills 16, then Bushmills 10 gave it a lot more flexibility also as an aperitif, so it’s indeed a very flexible drink.
By playing also on the amount of Orgeat, you can easily transform this nice aperitif into a tasty after dinner drink making it suitable for any time of the day.
The drink showcases the warmth of the beautiful and flexible Irish Whiskey with the slight bitterness from the oranges and rhubarb of the Aperol, perfectly balanced by the combination of cherry and almond flavours.
Angostura Bitters gives it a nice depth, while the orange twist provides nice and fresh citrus notes to the cocktail.
The name “Mermaid” pays homage to the statue of the little Mermaid in Copenhagen which is where Cherry Heering liqueur comes from.
When I created this drink, the bar I was working at, was very famous for afternoon tea, so I wanted to start selling cocktail during those hours too and decided to throw this drink right at the customer’s table with a crystal teapot so that people would get curious about cocktails.
After a few months, that’s what happened!
Today you can enjoy this beautiful drink at Ohla Hotel’s “Boutique Bar” in Barcelona and in Bars all over the world.
If you can’t use a teapot a simple throwing will do the trick!
I started serving this drink also in Barcelona since the throwing technique has its origin in this city (below, a picture of Maria Dolores Boadas, the first spanish female bartender using this technique, learnt from his father Miguel Boadas), so I was also linking the cocktail with the local tradition while pushing the sales.
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