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.


Kim Alston said...

I would live a key lime martini! I'm a cosmopolitan girl :D

Chloe said...

I love cocktails, but I'm used to the €3 student cocktails & I'm always surprised when I get a proper one at how much stronger it is! The chilli one sounds so unusual but so nice..

Keit said...

Blah, the only decent cocktail we have here is Bloody Marry, and even that sucks from time to time, depending on the club :D
Wow, all these cocktails look so yummy, want one so bad *_* drool!

Adele said...

Remind me to stop by here if ever I'm in Dublin!!! I adore cocktails, my fave is a Mojito, but I love most!!!!
Have a wonderful week Hun xoxo

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, cocktails! I am always ready for a good cocktail. I actually had a few too many this weekend...

Anita said...

Great post :)

♥ vendy ♥ said...

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Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Pass me a bellini and key lime pie cocktail please!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Looks wonderful!! Not much of a drinker, but sometimes I like a long Island Ice tea :)) Have a gorgeous day doll xx

Karen Constantine said...

Oh I do love me a cocktail and that one with the little fruit caviar sounds right up my street and sure isn't there fruit in it, healthy and all ;)

Thick Threads said...

oh me oh my, those do look super delicious! yummyyyyyy and that bartender aint too bad himself ;) looks like you had a good time, because you got me drooling over here with those yummy pics and reviews of cocktails! :)


fluff and fripperies said...

Anita, doesn't he have the loveliest smile? Plus any man holding a cocktail shaker will always be gorgeous in my eyes...!

Roxy said...

Will be in Dublin later this week and that key lime martini will definitely be mine!!

Johanna said...

Here we just finished the weekend and your post is making me crave cocktails again!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Looks like a fun place to hang out! It's a little early for a cocktail at the moment but I like a good bellini when the time is right :)

Rowena @ rolala loves

Chantel said...

Great photos!

littlemissandrea said...

All those drinks sound delicious! I think I'd love the berry one the most :)

Anonymous said...

Mmmmmm cocktails! I'm a martini kinda gal (gin not vodka and stirred not shaken) but I like the sound of that Chilli Berries one.

schoolgatestyle said...

OMG - I want to go there! They look amazing and really well priced too. Thanks for the tip off...I know where to head next time I'm in Dublin, Ax

Mattania Qtplace.com said...

Nice pictures!

Shulamit E said...

oh yum. I'll be in Dublin in September and I will check the place out :)

Anonymous said...

All those cocktails look great!

Alicia Hadjialexandrou said...

So jealous of these cocktails! I am a cocktail freak hehe ;p

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Eimear Mc Keown said...

He looks like the happiest bar man on earth! I adore going for cocktails, it's so decadent! I've heard the Vintage Cocktail Club is fab x

bernien said...

Looks great

little t said...

That bellini is so cool - I want to go here just to try this!