Cocktail of the Month With Jose Cuervo Tradicional
In the latest of a regular series, we ask local bartenders to showcase a signature serve featuring the superb premium spirits brands presented by Proximo. Dave Mulholland, bar manager of Liquor XXX in Belfast, creates a classic cocktail featuring Jose Cuervo Tradicional Tequila
About the bartender
Dave Mulholland is an established face in the Belfast cocktail scene, having entered the bar trade 10 years ago at The Apartment, where he stayed for five or six years. After a few years at Aether & Echo, he joined Love and Death Inc as bar manager for two years before an opportunity emerged to open Liquor XXX.
“I wanted to do something different and unique in Belfast, with a beverage programme completely different to what’s out there,” he says. “We’re using a lot of techniques that no-one in Ireland even would be using like fat washes, infusions and bashing. We do a big bashed cocktail programme using acids, which are half the price of lime juice and produce less wastage.
“It’s such a small venue, we needed to have a high turnover of drinks in a way that didn’t affect service, so the idea was to bash half the drinks so you wouldn’t have to make them there and then.
“And because everything’s Latin American, I’ve taken an approach that is slightly different. We’re not just going to bang out your standard Collins, we’re bringing a new approach to bartending in Belfast.”
Jose Cuervo Tradicional Tequila
The featured spirit in this month’s signature serve is Jose Cuervo Tradicional Tequila.
“It’s a twist on a Tommy’s Margarita,” says Dave. “It’s one of our signature drinks here, one of the more popular choices and highlights our approach to bartending and our beverage programme.”