Our Famous IRISH MERMAID Cocktail – the new Modern Classic!


Dear colleagues, friends and guests!

Meet our famous drink The Irish Mermaid – the new modern Classic


This drink received the Certificate of Excellence from Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller and appears in the World’s Best Bars “Ramping up the Classics” Series.

Gaz comment: Superb! The Aperol and orgeat dance together all night in your mouth after drinking just one of these babies! 

  • It has also been featured on Class Magazine amongst the “30 of the best cocktails invented since 2000” by Simon Difford

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35 ml BUSHMILLS 16 (try also a nice twist using BUSHMILLS 10)

10 ml Cherry Heering

10 ml Aperol

5 ml Orgeat

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

Orange twist

Garnish with Brandied Black Cherries cooked and reduced into Cherry Heering (if you find nice brandied cherries or Luxardo Maraschino black cherries is fine too, as long as they’re not the cheap red plastic ones).

This Cocktail is originally made with Bushmills 16, then Bushmills 10 gave it a lot more flexibility also as an aperitif, so it’s indeed a very flexible drink.

By playing also on the amount of Orgeat, you can easily transform this nice aperitif into a tasty after dinner drink making it suitable for any time of the day.

The drink showcases the warmth of the beautiful and flexible Irish Whiskey with the slight bitterness from the oranges and rhubarb of the Aperol, perfectly balanced by the combination of cherry and almond flavours.

Angostura Bitters gives it a nice depth, while the orange twist provides nice and fresh citrus notes to the cocktail.

The name “Mermaid” pays homage to the statue of the little Mermaid in Copenhagen which is where Cherry Heering liqueur comes from.

When I created this drink, the bar I was working at, was very famous for afternoon tea, so I wanted to start selling cocktail during those hours too and decided to throw this drink right at the customer’s table with a crystal teapot so that people would get curious about cocktails.

After a few months, that’s what happened!

If you can’t use a teapot a simple throwing will do the trick!

I started  serving this drink also in Barcelona since the throwing technique has its origin in this city (below, a picture of Maria Dolores Boadas, the first spanish female bartender using this technique, learnt from his father Miguel Boadas), so I was also linking the cocktail with the local tradition while pushing the sales.

How about making this great NEW MODERN CLASSIC in your Bar and spreading the word about it?

I’ve been thinking about this after 2 years of amazing feedbacks from my guests and decided it would be nice to share it with you all, because sharing is caring right?

Watch this World Class Cocktail Competition Final Video on the making of this drink and much more:


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Thanks a lot for your precious time.
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