Cocktail of the Month with Bushmills Red Bush 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. Justine Millar, bartender at Pug Uglys Belfast, creates a cocktail featuring Bushmills Red Bush Irish Whiskey.
Justine Millar, bartender at Pug Uglys.
A Red Apple Bush cocktail
About the bartender
“I’ve worked in the drinks trade for about three years now, including two years at Morrisons in Belfast,” says Justine. “Morrisons was a classic bar, so I really started at the beginning, learning all the flavours myself and what I liked and then how to pair them off.” Morrisons then evolved into Pug Uglys, bringing in a more conceptual offer to appeal to a diverse demographic. As well as the opportunity to be creative and experiment with the cocktail side of things, Justine is drawn to the social aspect of bartending. “I’ve made so many friends, met so many different people and been to so many different places and just enjoy speaking to customers,” she says. “So many other bar staff come in here to socialise with us, and we have so many regular customers who just want to be social and that’s really the best thing about this job.”
Bushmills Red Bush Irish Whiskey
Bushmills Red Bush, matured exclusively in first fill bourbon casks, offers aromas of toasted oak, vanilla and caramel. An approachable whiskey that is perfect for mixing.
A Red Apple Bush
40ml Bushmills Red Bush Irish Whiskey
50ml Hard cider reduction
20ml Fresh lemon juice
15ml Vanilla Syrup
Shake over ice and strain into a coupe glass rinsed with bourbon.
“Bushmills Red Bush is a great, versatile addition to the Bushmills portfolio,” says Justine. “I added cider because it would be my favourite drink and we’re coming into the warmer weather now when it can be quite nice and refreshing. It keeps the apples close to the oak, and then the vanilla finish of the Bushmills Red Bush is brought through too.”