From the heart of the Dame District, the Ten Bells Cocktail was born under the dim lighting of the sumptuous lounge known as JT Pims in Dublin, Ireland. Take your Bushmills Black Bush and shake in Crème de cassis, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and tonic water, for a lavish cocktail of acidic blackcurrant and Irish whiskey aged in Oloroso Sherry and Bourbon casks.
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Creme de Cassis
Creme de Cassis is a French liqueur made from blackcurrants, a small yet highly flavorful berry. I appreciate the unique qualities blackcurrants bring to the culinary world and the rich, complex flavors they lend to Creme de Cassis. This dark purple liqueur has a luxurious, velvety texture and a distinct, sweet taste with a slight tartness, making it a versatile addition to various cocktails and culinary creations.
Blackcurrants (Ribes nigrum) are small, glossy berries with a deep, purple-black hue. These potent little gems have a unique, bold flavor profile – a combination of sweetness and acidity that adds depth and interest to any dish or beverage. From a culinary perspective, blackcurrants are highly valued for their versatility, as they can be utilized in both sweet and savory applications. They are commonly used to make jams, jellies, sauces, and desserts, while their leaves can be employed as a seasoning.
In the realm of mixology, Crème de cassis has become an essential ingredient in several classic cocktails. The most famous of these is perhaps the Kir, a simple yet elegant concoction of white wine (traditionally a dry Aligoté) and Creme de Cassis. A more effervescent variation of the Kir is the Kir Royale, which substitutes white wine for sparkling wine, such as Champagne.
Creme de Cassis is also a key component in the El Diablo, a tequila-based cocktail that features the liqueur along with ginger beer and lime juice. Additionally, it can be used to create colorful layered shots, or mixed with other spirits and liqueurs to concoct original and inventive libations. Its unique flavor and adaptability make it a worthy addition to any well-stocked bar or kitchen.
Bushmills Black Bush
Bushmills Black Bush is an exceptional Irish whiskey that has garnered acclaim for its unique flavor profile and exceptional quality. The blend of Bushmills Black Bush is predominantly composed of single malt whiskey, which is aged for a minimum of ten years. This extended maturation period results in a rich, complex spirit that imparts a depth of character to any cocktail it graces. The aging process takes place in Oloroso sherry casks, which bestows a distinctive sweetness and warmth to the whiskey, along with notes of dried fruit and spice.
The use of Bushmills Black in your cocktail will elevate the overall drinking experience, as its nuanced flavors will harmonize with and enhance the other ingredients. This whiskey’s inherent smoothness and well-rounded character make it a versatile spirit that can be effortlessly incorporated into an array of cocktails, from time-honored classics to modern, innovative concoctions.
Moreover, Bushmills Black hails from one of the oldest distilleries in the world, with a storied history dating back over 400 years. By utilizing this whiskey in your cocktail, you are not only selecting a spirit of exceptional quality, but also participating in a rich tradition and heritage. This connection to history and craftsmanship can serve as a conversation starter, or simply add a touch of sophistication to your libation. Its depth of flavor, smoothness and historical pedigree combine to make it a truly outstanding spirit that will elevate your concoction to new heights.
Ten Bells Cocktail
- 1 Hawthorne Strainer
- 1 Bar spoon
- 1 Cocktail glass
- 2 oz Bushmills Black Bush
- 1 oz Creme de Casis
- 1/2 oz Lemon Juice Freshly squeezed
- Tonic water Top, to taste
- Add Bushmills Black Bush, Creme de Casis, and lemon juice to a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously.
- Double strain into a cocktail glass with ice.
- Top with tonic water. Serve.
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