Pictured are President of the Restaurant Association of Ireland, Pádraic Óg Gallagher and Brian Motherway, Smirnoff Mojito presenting Best Cocktail Experience Award to Peter Rock, Robert Caldwell and Ian Tucker from The Exchequer at the Santa Rita/ LIFE Magazine Irish Restaurant Awards 2013 at The Burlington Hotel.
Press release reports: " Award winning gastropub, The Exchequer, has done it again by winning the ‘Best Cocktail Experience’ at the 2013 Santa Rita LIFE Magazine Restaurant Awards. This is the second year running that The Exchequer has won this all-Ireland award. An award for "Engaging with The Gathering" was also presented to The Exchequer at the annual awards ceremony held in Dublin 10th June.
Speaking on their win, owner Ian Tucker said “We are incredibly proud of our food and drink offering here at The Exchequer. Being awarded Best Cocktail Experience for the second year in a row is a testament to the hard work and dedication our team and head mixologist Robert Caldwell have put in to ensuring our customers have a unique cocktail experience that is officially the best in the country”.
Bar Manager and Mixologist Robert Caldwell, originally from Byron Bay in Australia, has honed his craft while bar tending in a host of bars throughout the world. Since joining The Exchequer team, Robert has spent months perfecting his mixes. This year he devised and launched an exciting new cocktail selection including 32 new Aperitifs, Digestifs, Long Drinks and Concoctions called The ‘Ledger of Liquor’.
The ‘Ledger of Liquor’ incorporates classic bar offerings with modern twists using an eclectic selection of Gin, Rum, Vodka, Tequila, Irish and imported whiskeys. Key Cocktails to look out for include:
The Key Lime Pie Meringue Martini (€9) - a digestive biscuit rimmed glass with a key lime liquid base of Citrus Vodka, Vanilla Vodka, Lemon juice, Sicilian lemonade and lemon pie sugar topped with a floating island of flambéed meringue foam)
The Invisible Iced Tea (€11) - an Exchequer take on the traditional Long Island Iced Tea, but served up completely clear.
Zombie (€11) - an intense mix of 7 liquors, including 4 Rums, an orange tequila, marachino liqueur and absinthe with fruit juices and light dusting of cinnamon and nutmeg finished off with a floating lime half filled with fire.