08 April 2013

The Best Cocktails In Town? New Menu at The Exchequer, Dublin

From the very first moment I saw Carrie et al sipping on a Cosmo in a trendy New York bar, I was hooked. Shaken, stirred or straight up with a twist, a good cocktail is so much more than just a mixed drink. Combining creativity and craft with a touch of nostalgia, a sprinkling of glamour and lots of lots of alcohol, a well-made cocktail ranks high on the list of life's pleasures.

Rob Caldwell, Bar Manager at the Exchequer Gastropub Dublin
The master at work
So imagine my joy on clapping eyes on what is easily the best cocktail menu I've seen in a long, long time. And in Dublin, to boot.

Key Lime Meringue Pie cocktail at the Exchequer Gastropub Dublin

Award winning gastropub The Exchequer has launched a brand new cocktail menu devised by bar manager Rob Caldwell. A talented mixologist, Rob has created a 'Ledger of Liquor' for the bar containing no less than 32 delectable concoctions that include the stunningly good Key Lime Pie Meringue Martini (€9).

Key Lime Meringue Pie cocktail at the Exchequer Gastropub Dublin
Mmmmm....Emily tucks in
With just the right balance of citrus and sweet, this biscuit-rimmed creation is topped with a floating island of flambéed meringue foam. And yes, it tastes every bit as good as it sounds.

Chilli Berries cocktail at the Exchequer Gastropub Dublin

Another personal favourite, Chilli Berries (above, also €9), combines vodka, chilli, strawberries and mint for a gorgeously fresh and fruity long drink with a chilli kick. It's topped off with ginger ale for added warmth.

Bellini cocktail at the Exchequer Gastropub Dublin
Rob's take on the bellini is easily one of the prettiest drinks around. Instead of fruit puree, which can overpower the prosecco, he's created a 'fruit caviar' - pearls of  unique flavours that rise to the top of the  glass and burst in the mouth. It comes in three flavours - I recommend the Elder-lini with St Germain Elderflower, Pear & Lychee Caviar (€11).

Bar snacks at the Exchequer Gastropub Dublin
The beer and food menus are every bit as good as the cocktail list - and that's saying A LOT!
Are you a cocktail lover, and what's your tipple of choice?

Find The Exchequer Gastropub at
3-5 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 or see the website or Facebook page for more.
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