The remainder of Dry January is looking dodgy.
To be honest, it’s like they read our minds over at Cask; Cork’s most creative cocktail slingers just unveiled a stonking new drinks menu inspired by The Legends of Irish Mythology (and where you might find them in Cork).
The cocktail list at Cask changes every 12 weeks, depending on which ingredients Mother Nature has provided for foraging, and while the team is renowned for consistently being the most inventive in the country, this menu reads like a little fairytale all of its own.
“Cask menus are such a collaborative process and we’re blessed to have a good friend of the bar in Greg Scully who’s knowledge of Cork’s social idiosyncrasies is just brilliant.” Cask bar manager Andy Ferreira told Yay Cork.
Here’s a taste of the new menu, complete with hilarious descriptions and hand-drawn illustrations by Eóin Fleming of Thisway Studio:
DULLAHÁN: Don Julio Blanco Tequila, Mortlach 12, Belsazar Dry, mead, milk kefir ice cream
Inspiration: ‘Cork’s own headless horseman, most likely a frustrated Cork City fan after another miserable night down De Shed.’
DANÚ: Ketel One Vodka, dandelion
Inspiration: ‘Mother of Ireland, held in that same high regard as Mary, ruler of the bar in the Castle Inn.’
THE PÚCA: Stolichnaya Vodka, Mad March Hare Poitín, douglas fir, mandorla, The White Hag Púca Sour
Inspiration: ‘Hiding up trees, cackling, waiting to lure any unsuspecting passer-by into their schemes… basically a local politician with a better plan.’
SELKIE: Glendalough Rose Gin, Cask Vermouth, myrtle, laurel
Inspiration: ‘Local aquatic legend, currently spearheading the “Love the Lee” campaign, warring with the City Council over the Walls scheme.’
TÍR NA NÓG: Beefeater Gin, Tokaji, linden blossom, Killahora Poiré
Inspiration: ‘The land of eternal youth formerly found in Henry’s and Gorby’s nightclubs where 90s kids relived their glory days.’
BANSHEE: Yarrow, Buckfast, Amaro, Advocaat, nutmeg
Inspiration: ‘Their keening cry of impending doom can be safely heard emanating from the Waltzers down in Funderland.’
CHILDREN OF LIR: Cask Clarified Milk Punch, Lot 40 Rye, Havana Club 7, Bristol Cream, Alexanders Woodruff
Inspiration: ‘Condemned by the gods to bush it down by the Shakey Bridge, with it down for repair they’re currently a threat to bags of cans everywhere.’
FEAR DEARG: Dunville’s Peated Irish Whiskey, Mancino Chinato, toasted pumpkin seed, whole egg (served with a side of Beamish brown bread and carrot butter)
Inspiration: ‘Cute, shnakey and troublesome. Easily and often confused with the parking clampers.’
CÚ CHULAINN: Espolon Tequila, crab apple, blackberry wine, blackcurrant tea
Inspiration: ‘Warrior, hurler and legend. In other words, Jimmy Barry Murphy, aka: God’
HITO: Bacardi Carta Blanca, Martini Bianco, grapes, toasted sesame oil
Inspiration: ‘Our bartender Dan Cronin’s entry to Bacardi Legacy, Follow his journey
THE MUCKIE: “Our version of a Donkey’s Bollox (with classy booze).
Inspiration: ‘When not scaring seven shades out of American tourists on the Killarney Lakes, the Muckie loves nothing more than enjoying a Beamish with the lads down in Charlie’s.’
Inspiration: ‘Often found on the wall outside The Bulman, though never legless as she’s a Hero of Dry January.’