Cocktail of the Month

Cocktail of the Month with Bushmills Irish Whiskey

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. Josh McKay, general manager at The StillHouse Moira creates a classic cocktail featuring Bushmills Irish Whiskey.

Cocktail of the Month with Bushmills Irish Whiskey

Josh McKay, general manager at The Stillhouse Moira.

Cocktail of the Month with Bushmills Irish Whiskey

Blushing Whiskey Sour cocktail

About The Bartender
Josh started out his career in hospitality working for the Patterson family for an eight-year stretch, starting off as a part-time waiter and barman at The Tannery in Moira. Progressing through the ranks to supervisor and then manager, he moved within the group to The Plough in Hillsborough as manager of The Vintage Rooms. Recently, he joined The Stillhouse Moira, refurbished by new owners Stuart and Barbara Hughes, as general manager. “It’s obviously a massive challenge but one that I’m really looking forward to as it has so much potential,” says Josh. “Hospitality is an industry I’ve always been interested in from an early age. There are never two days the same, and the different elements of the industry and the different people you end up working with is brilliant as well.” While coming from a drinks background, Josh is enjoying the food element at The Stillhouse more than anticipated. “I enjoy the social element of hospitality as well because, even though you are working weekends, you are still socialising with people and there is nothing more satisfactory than seeing people going away happy, having had a really enjoyable evening,” he says.

The featured spirit in this month’s signature serve is Bushmills Irish Whiskey.

Blushing Whiskey Sour
35ml Bushmills Irish Whiskey
15ml RubyBlue cranberry liqueur
20ml fresh lemon juice
15ml cinnamon syrup
1 egg white

Shake and double strain
Garnish with a skewered lemon twist
“It’s a twist on the classic whiskey sour but slightly fruitier,” says Josh. “It appeals to all genres as it isn’t
as ‘whiskey heavy’ as a normal whiskey sour. It’s an approachable drink and has proved very popular with our customers.”

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