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. Jonni Waterworth, assistant manager at The Goat’s Toe, Bangor, creates a summer serve featuring The Sexton Irish Whiskey.
Jonni Waterworth, assistant manager at The Goat’s Toe.
The Full Irish cocktail
About the bartender
Jonni started his career in the trade in 2014, as a nightclub bartender in Café Ceol. “By Christmas, I was behind the cocktail bar and just fell in love with it,” he says. “After four years there, I had got my cocktail knowledge up and went to The Bull & Claw in Donaghadee.” It was while working at The Bull & Claw that the gastropub’s manager, who had previously worked with Sean Muldoon at Roscoff, lined Jonni up with an incredible opportunity to join Muldoon and Jack McGarry at The Dead Rabbit pop up in Claridge’s London during the summer of 2017.
“It was amazing, absolutely incredible,” he says. “I’m 25 and it was the best thing I’ve done in my life. I was so gutted I only got to do it for the week. We had three days of pre-batching and getting everything sorted, and then four days of 14 hour shifts behind the bar. It was like being famous for a couple of days, and I didn’t want to come home.” Three weeks after Jonni returned, enthused by the experience, he joined The Goat’s Toe and – together with manager Tony Cromie – spent four months devising a new cocktail menu focused on high quality cocktails at the lower price point required for the Bangor market. Launched in mid-August, the new menu has already proved a great success.
The Sexton Irish Whiskey
The featured spirit in this month’s signature serve is The Sexton Irish Whiskey. Made from 100% Irish malted barley, this single malt is triple distilled and aged exclusively in Oloroso Sherry butts. The Sexton is a modern malt which is versatile and perfect for mixing or sipping.
The Full Irish
50ml Coffee-infused The Sexton Irish Whiskey
20ml Stout reduction
15ml Poppy seed-infused honey
Blended Chocolate emulsion
Sea salted chocolate shavings
First three ingredients are shaken together & fine strained
Chocolate emulsion smoothed on top & shavings added
Served in a coupe
“With the whiskey itself being Irish, we came up with the name The Full Irish and that influenced the other ingredients,” says Jonni. “We infused the whiskey with coffee, added the stout reduction and the honey brings all the flavours together while the chocolate foam binds everything and brings out the notes of the whiskey and the stout. It’s almost like a whiskey-based espresso martini.”