We here at CraicTo love a good cocktail, so when we heard that the Irish Embassy (located in the Financial District, on the corner of Yonge and Wellington Street) had jazzed up their drinks menu and added some “pre-prohibition” style cocktails, we rounded up the troops and headed down for a tasting session….cue much lip smacking and glass swapping!
Now whilst I love a cocktail, I am often forced to watch my man friend squirm uncomfortably in the cocktail bar and grumble at the standard jazz flute music, the uncomfortable seating and the girly glasses. No fear of this in the Irish Embassy, he can even have a pint if he’s not feeling the cocktails!
So what did we try;
Ginger Spiced Mojito: Captain Morgan spiced rum, ginger infused simple syrup muddled with fresh mint, limes & topped with soda water
Quick & Salted: Hendrick’s gin, triple sec, grapefruit juice, fresh lemon juice & simple syrup served in a salted rimmed champagne glass
Amaretto Sour: Amaretto, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup & egg whites (**CraicTo’s favorite**)
Bourbon Sour: Bulleit Bourbon, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup & egg whites
Pisco Sour: Pisco, Angostura bitters, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup & egg whites
It is obvious at first sip that these cocktails contain quality ingredients, not the concentrates or powders that most bars use. Simon and Cian who entertained us for the night and listened to us talk nonsense with each cocktail (thanks lads) informed us that they use only fresh juices. They also gave us a bit of a lesson in old school cocktail making and this is exactly what the Irish Embassy is doing. They have went back to original cocktail crafting, using egg whites to give the cocktails a silky smooth texture and I know I sound like a pretentious dick, but they really were silky smooth.
So we now have found our perfect Friday night post-work spot. The cocktails are amazing and if you’re feeling peckish as we did, The Embassy is known for their fab home style food. We had a cheeky curry chip (Supermacs TO style), because we’re classy like that!
Ladies; make your way down and try these cocktails, you will not be disappointed. As always let us know what you think?!