Cocktail of the Month with The Sexton Irish Whiskey
In the latest of a regular series, we ask local bartenders to showcase signature serves featuring the superb premium spirits brands presented by Proximo. Conleth Hendron, manager at The Observatory in the Grand Central Belfast, creates a summer serve featuring The Sexton Irish Whiskey.
Sexton in the City cocktail
Conleth Hendron, manager at The Observatory in the Grand Central Belfast.
About the bartender
Conleth started out in the trade as a glass collector at Massereene Golf Club in Antrim when he was 16 and then began bartending in the Sweet Afton in Belfast after university, rapidly working his way up to head bartender. “Then I got approached to go to Manchester and run a bar, the Albert Square Chophouse,” says Conleth. After working there for a while, Conleth’s friends Conor Quinn and Paddy Duff lured him back to run The Perch and subsequently manage the Linen House complex bars Rita’s, Sweet Afton and The Perch. “Then I got approached to come here and look after The Observatory, which is an opportunity I couldn’t really refuse,” he says. “I like making customers happy, giving them a good experience, and hearing positive feedback when they leave. And I love the buzz about it, and getting customers to try new things.”
The Sexton Irish Whiskey
The featured spirit in this month’s signature serve is The Sexton Irish Whiskey. To be a Sexton is a spiritual trade and whiskey is their favourite spirit. Made from 100% Irish malted barley, triple distilled for smoothness in copper pot stills, The Sexton is aged exclusively in Oloroso Sherry butts. This modern malt is versatile and perfect for mixing or sipping.
Sexton in the City
30ml The Sexton Irish Whiskey
12.5ml Mango-infused Falernum
10ml Chartreuse charred pineapple cordial
10ml St Germain
3 dashes citric acid
Topped with Champagne
Served in a coupe
“We decided to stick with the theme of our bar being luxurious, pricey and an experience,” says Conleth, with Sexton in the City a team effort. “We thought The Sexton paired well with the Champagne, and particularly with the Chartreuse and St Germain. Their unique flavours really brought out its flavour, making The Sexton the focal point of the drink and, alongside the Champagne, just gave it that exclusivity and premium feel.”