Cocktail of the Month with 1800 Silver Tequila
In the latest of a regular series, we ask local bartenders to showcase signature serves featuring the superb premium spirits brands presented by Proximo. Rhian McIntosh, supervisor at Horatio Todd’s in Belfast, creates a summer serve featuring 1800 Silver Tequila.
The Hottest Day In NI cocktail
Rhian McIntosh, supervisor at Horatio Todd’s.
About the Bartender
Rhian has worked in the trade for about three years, starting out in a pop up bar at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and then working as first a bartender and then a supervisor in a craft beer bar just outside Edinburgh City Centre for a year. “I took on all the marketing and social media, and was events manager by the time I left and got to see all that side of it, as well as how to make drinks,” she says. Moving over to Belfast with her boyfriend, Rhian struck lucky with the first job she applied for at Horatio Todd’s and, as an added bonus, moved into a house nearby. “I was a bartender in here for about six or seven months, and then a supervisor position came up and I thought I’d give it a go,” she says. “I like all the craic on the job, and I have a real passion for food and drinks. Coming here, I got to learn a lot about cocktails and all the flavours matching together, so my favourite thing is probably just being able to come up with new things. It’s the creative side of it I like the best.”
1800 Silver Tequila
The featured spirit in this month’s signature serve is 1800 Silver Tequila. Made from 100% Weber Blue Agave hand-picked from the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. 1800 Silver Tequila is double distilled, and a special selection of white tequilas are blended together for added complexity and character. The result is a premium tequila with a smoother, more interesting flavour than most on the market. The clean, balanced taste with hints of sweet fruit and pepper is perfect for mixing in cocktails.
The Hottest Day In NI
35ml 1800 Silver Tequila
25ml Apple juice
25ml Lime juice
15ml Elderflower liqueur
10ml Sugar syrup
2 Cucumber slices
Muddle strawberry & cucumber
Shake over ice
Serve in a long glass
Garnish with strawberries, cucumber & black pepper
“I was inspired by the weather,” says Rhian. “I wanted something long and refreshing, that you could drink in the sun and just enjoy and that’s not overly strong or powerful but just smooth, refreshing and perfect for hot days.”