No ‘substantial meal’ required.
After a long summer of lingering over plates of chicken wings in an effort to enjoy a few drinks, it’s finally okay to rock up to a pub and order a drink without sitting down for a hefty dinner.
Right on cue, our gifted mates at Cask on MacCurtain Street have unveiled a new Autumn Cocktail menu, celebrating the ‘Liquid landscape of Ireland’, partnering up with a dozen Irish brands and their distilleries from North to South to offer cocktail connoisseurs a gastronomic tour of Irish tipples without leaving town.
“We changed up our concept slightly and created not one but two cocktails around the native Irish ingredients.” Cask’s cocktail mastermind Andy Ferreira told Yay Cork.
“The drinks differ in style, texture and obviously flavour but the key ingredients are the same.”
Here are three to try this week:
- The Alchemy: If it’s autumn vibes you’re after, grab a seat in Cask’s cosy heated terrace and order an Alchemy (€12); smoky Dinville’s Peated Irish Whiskey, Killahora Rare Apple Ice Wine, jammy blackberry and elderberry.
- The Henry: Maharani Gin, made in Cork’s new Rebel City Distillery, is the star of the fizzy Henry cocktail, with crab apple, hogweed seed and beekon, a honey-based drink that’s creating a buzz among artisan drinks makers all over the globe. €12.
- The Dan Duggan: The chief brandy distiller and cider brewer at Longueville House in Mallow has been awarded his very own cocktail at Cask this season; the Dan Duggan (€12) is a blend of Longueville Apple Brandy, Buckfast, sea buckthorn and Beamish, served piping hot like a warm hug on a chilly evening.
Head chef Victor has also created a selection of new autumnal dishes, from vegan empanadas to duck with elderberry aioli. And if you still fancy those chicken wings, Victor’s come fresh from the English Market, glazed in Teeling Whiskey sauce and served with spicy Asian slaw.
Check out the beautiful new illustrated menu created by Eoin at This Way studio here.