I wasn’t at 2016 Bar Convent Berlin in person, but I was in spirit.
My namesake cocktail the Mark Of Respect created by John Norrman appeared on the official Teeling Irish Whiskey menu and in wee naggin bottles.
Could I be happier, no?
Last week I woke up to this message from all round gentleman Kevin Hurley, Global Brand Ambassador for Teeling Whisky (for context, read this):
“Gents, with both of your gracious permissions I would love to start promoting the ‘Mark of Respect’ as a Teeling cocktail in an official capacity. First up at two guest bartending shifts I will be doing (Fools Gold NYC and at Bar Anaan for Paris cocktail week) further to this I would wish to suggest it to accounts as a Teeling suggested serve for their drinks menus. I would be sure to credit both John as the creator and Mark as the inspiration in all correspondence around the drink. Would this be ok with you both? “
And so with that the MoR cocktail goes global.
First up, Fools Gold NYC …
Oh, and here in Paris at La Conserverie …
I was on London Live Weekend news speaking about Christmas cocktails, and of course Shaken. Have a look:
My first married Christmas was spent in Ireland and it would have been remiss of me not to use this as an excuse to sample the many fine spirits that the country produces – both historic and new.
As an aide memoir I have listed them below – anyone beat this for a Christmas time tipple list?
I also imbibed the following ‘foreign spirits’
I’m a 36 year old man and I can’t cook. It’s pathetic. I can make cocktails and this, plus the kindness of long suffering friends, girlfriends and wives, has allowed me to go through life without dying of hunger.
But times have changed. I asked my friend and colleague Toby to help me. He wrote the following cooking guide for the drinks lover – all his words, in his style.
And it worked. I am now cooking!
It’s only got one setting that matters, it’s the one with the fan the makes it get hot. Anything with pigeon spikes is a distraction.
Yes, the top shelf is hotter. No, it doesn’t matter.
You know this one. It’s mostly used for bacon, but many things have a home on the hob.
If you’re reading instructions that say anything other than ‘fry + adjective’ – look here:
King of all things.
General principle the works for everything:
Alternative for chicken:
Type one – Oily
See – Mackerel, Bream, Salmon, Trout, Tuna (fresh)
Type two – Not oily
See – Cod, Haddock, all that lot. These are overpriced, go for pollack / coley / whiting.
Actual things to cook:
Hmm. More involved. The key is finding a good recipe book. Most curries follow this pattern:
Good Recipe People (google stuff)
The Mark of Respect, created by John Norrman 2014
-2 parts Teelings small batch
-1 part good tawny port
-Half a part Falernum
-2 dashes of aromatic bitters (Dead Rabbit Orinoco preferred)
Stirred, garnish with lime lest.
As John says … “This tipple was invented during the 2014 Dublin Web Summit, when the the gentleman Scot Mark Kieran Jennings (@markofrespect) walked in to the bar that was harbouring me at the time, slammed his hands in the counter and yelled in a husky, authoritative voice: “Bartender, Teelings please!”. It is also a tipple that was involved in getting me a job in The Liqour Rooms, and will be on the new drinks menu in said venue in August.”
UPDATE September 2015
Oh, and as an update … here it is available from The Liquor Rooms, Dublin!!
UPDATE November 2015
It’s on the menu at the Teeling Distillery! Where next??
UPDATE December 2015
Cocktail geek alert. Here’s Julio Bermejo the inventor of the Tommy’s Margarita taking a MoR home to San Francisco, and leaving a Tommy’s with John Norrman to give to me. Cocktail geek to the max.
UPDATE January 2016
Wow, it really did go further – the MoR around the world
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