Cocktail of the Month with The Sexton Single Malt 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. Mark Scullion, supervisor at The Jeggy Nettle Belfast, creates a cocktail featuring The Sexton Irish Whiskey.
Mark Scullion, supervisor at The Jeggy Nettle Belfast.
Irish HoneySuckle cocktail
About the bartender
Now supervisor at The Jeggy Nettle, formerly the House Pub and Kitchen on Stranmillis Road in Belfast, Mark started out in the trade at sister venue Muriel’s five years ago. He spent his first year at the popular Church Lane bar as a barback, and then three years as a bartender before moving over to The Jeggy Nettle as bar supervisor. “I started right when it opened, for St Paddy’s Day last year, before it was even done up,” he says. “Then we closed for roughly 12 weeks and I went back to Muriel’s, returning when the work was all finished in September.” And what does Mark enjoy most about working in the hospitality sector? “Meeting the people,” he says. “The amount of different people you get to speak to every single day is just crazy, the different stories you hear and about people’s lives in general. Sometimes you’re a bit like a mini therapist, the things people tell you while they’re having a pint.”
The Sexton Irish Whiskey
The featured spirit in this month’s signature serve is The Sexton Irish Whiskey. Made from 100% Irish malted barley, triple distilled for smoothness in copper pot stills and aged exclusively in Oloroso sherry butts, The Sexton is a new and unexpected single malt, perfect for mixing or sipping. To be a Sexton is a spiritual trade and whiskey is their favourite spirit.
50ml The Sexton Irish Whiskey
15ml Brown sugar syrup
2 dashes orange bitters
Stir all ingredients with ice in a mixing glass, fine strain into a coupe and add orange twist.
“It was a team effort,” says Mark. “We have a whiskey focus in the bar and used the honey and bitters to complement the flavours in The Sexton. It’s a twist on a classic cocktail, the Manhattan.”