This year, however, I decided that I wanted to challenge myself in the kitchen. After some thinking, I came up with what I called the "New Recipes January Challenge", which I was actually looking forward to take on.
Named after the quintessential pirate adventure classic, Treasure Island brings together an unusual mix of Irish flavours and the tropical notes of coconut.
It combines Aperol with Ornabrak Irish Gin into a triangle of fruity, floral and herbacious notes named Blooming Chamomile.
While the Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey was quite pleasant on its own, it worked really well in cocktails too. This one is named "Laid to Rest."
This recipe uses Lillet Rosé, and it's a low-alcohol and delicious spritzer to try, specially if you like G&Ts
A cream liqueur cocktail on the fruity side. "The Elephant in the Rum" has tropical heart, and it's made with Amarula and golden rum.
I'm a big fan of the Whiskey Sour, and the addition of cherry pálinka surely packed a flavour explossion and a boozy punch.
With Irish whiskey having such a boom in recent years, this might be the perfect occasion to prepare a whiskey-based cocktail.
And which whiskey-cocktail is more popular and timeless than the Old Fashioned?
While not all of us can be the authors of the best Margarita in the country, we all can mix a classic one at home. Below, an easy, no-fancy-bar-equipement-needed recipe that's just perfect for entertaining at home.