Cocktail of the Month

Cocktail of the Month with 1800 Silver Tequila

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. Billy Duffy, head bartender at Bootleggers in Belfast creates a classic cocktail featuring 1800 Silver Tequila and Creyente Mezcal.

Cocktail of the Month with 1800 Silver Tequila

Billy Duffy, head bartender at Bootleggers in Belfast.

Cocktail of the Month with 1800 Silver Tequila

The Hacienda cocktail

About the bartender

Billy Duffy has spent his entire career in the trade at Bootleggers on the corner of Church and Ann streets in Belfast City Centre. “I’ve worked here since day dot,” he says. “I started bar backing here in 2014, and have just worked my way up from bar back to bartender and then head bartender last year.” For Billy, the best things about the bar trade are the social aspect and opportunity to try new things. “I like meeting new people, seeing a fresh face every day and there’s always new conversation,” he says. “And you get to be creative. When new products come through the bar, you get the chance to experiment and put your own creative stamp on things.”

The featured spirit in this month’s signature serve is 1800 Silver Tequila.

The Hacienda
40ml 1800 Silver Tequila
15ml Yellow Chartreuse
15ml Creyente Mezcal
15ml lemongrass syrup
25ml fresh lime juice
4 pieces muddled celery
2 dashes Hellfire Bitters
Topped with anejo chilli oil

Muddle celery, add ingredients & shake with ice
Double strain into a frozen coupe glass

“Our chef was looking for a savoury cocktail to complement our food menu, and I just started putting things together and came up with the drink,” says Billy. “I really like celery and I think it pairs well with spicy food, so I just paired it all together with strong savoury, sweet and spicy notes coming through.”

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