Portrait: Lawrence Watson

After the crazy old week we’ve had here in Blighty, it’s good to have something to celebrate. Monday 4th July is Independence Day and yes, we know it’s a US holiday but that doesn’t mean we can’t raise our glasses to the spirit of independence. And what better way than with a cocktail made with whiskey born and raised in the USA?

In the four days leading up to the Fourth of July we’ll be highlighting four very special drinks created by four very special bartenders right here in London. They’ll each be using their favourite whiskey to make a cocktail that you whizz up at home or try in their bars. Today’s pick: Tiarnan O’Gara,  Bar Manager at the Blind Pig.

Which whiskey did you choose for your Independence Day cocktail and why?

I’ve gone for Woodford Reserve because of the family history behind the distillery. I love the taste but I was also drawn to it as it features in lots of American celebrations, particularly the Kentucky Derby, the inspiration for my cocktail.

What independent touch have you added to your drink?

Essentially, it’s a Buck – a long, refreshing drink particularly suited to summer. I’ve given it an independent touch by adding Cynar, an artichoke-based liqueur for a touch of bitterness that you don’t get from bourbon, it pairs really well with the truffle honey. Try it, it’s delicious!

Tiarnan’s Independence Day Cocktail:
California Gold Rush

35ml Woodford Reserve
15ml Cynar
10ml truffle honey reduction
10ml lemon juice
Ginger ale top.
Shake first four ingredients over ice and pour into a Collins glass. Add ginger ale and stir briefly. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a lemon wedge.
Make it yourself or even better, get Tiarnan to make it for you. Find it on the menu at the Blind Pig, 1st floor, 58 Poland Street, London W1F 7NR. socialeatinghouse.com




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