Cocktail of the Month

Cocktail of the Month with Black Bush

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. Aaron McAdams, bartender at The Northern Whig, creates a classic cocktail featuring Black Bush.

Cocktail of the Month with Black Bush

Aaron McAdams

Cocktail of the Month with Black Bush

The Fleet Street Fix cocktail

About the bartender
Aaron’s career in the bar trade was kick-started a decade ago, when he began working at Scratch in The Taphouse (later renamed The Fly and most recently the Playwright Bar and Time Nightclub) while at university in Belfast. There for six years, “it was a very high-volume cocktail bar,” he says. “We were making hundreds a week, or even a night, so I very quickly got to know the equations of how cocktails go together.” About three and a half years ago, Aaron moved over to The Northern Whig, then under the same ownership but subsequently taken over by the Horatio Group. “I learnt an encyclopaedia of knowledge with regards to drinks from Ian McCandless, one of the supervisors, and shadowed him for a while,” he says. “Over the last year or so, I’ve been taking a more active role in the cocktail and drinks lists. I really enjoy being behind the bar serving customers, and meeting all the different people that come in and ask for different things every time. I have the freedom to work with all the stock we have, and they allow me to experiment and just come up with different things or if I’ll see something on the Internet or in books and try it the next time I’m working.”

Black Bush
The featured spirit in this month’s signature serve is Black Bush.

Fleet Street Fix
40ml Black Bush
50ml apple juice
10ml Green apple liqueur
10ml Sauvignon Blanc syrup
Half fresh lime
Half kiwi
1 inch lemongrass muddled
Shaken over ice
Served in highball glass
Garnished with mint & lemongrass

“I just tried to create a fresh and approachable drink,” says Aaron. “Whiskey is always in dark drinks, and something lighter and fresher brings out the green apple notes in Black Bush.”

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