The award winning credentials of The Cocktail Bar at The Merchant Hotel continue. The following cocktail has recently won the Shortcross Best Summer Serve Cocktail Award. We've provided a recipe for making this at home but the original, award winning version can be found in The Cocktail Bar for £9.95
The inspiration for the drink, 9 Hour Bill comes from the classic cocktail, Maidens Prayer, dating back to 1907 which consists of gin, orange curacao, orange and lemon juice.
This riff on the classic uses the Northern Ireland 'craft gin' Shortcross. Perfect for this drink, it has a subtle sweetness and citrus notes which are further enhanced by the inclusion of the fresh orange and lemon juice. The addition of Campari further adds to the zesty drink and brings a bitter element, along with the egg white this rounds the flavours off nicely. It is a refreshing drink which will help you to welcome the sunshine back in style.
The name takes its inspiration from William Sherman - Crawford, a prominent landowner in Co Down and a radical reformist of his day, he stood as a representative in parliament and held the position of Sheriff of Down. He fought for the 9 Hour Bill, Irish tenants rights and many other important social issues for Irish people and workers as a whole. There is a stone obelisk standing on the Rademon Estate, where Shortcross gin is made, erected in his memory by the people of Down.
30 ml shortcross gin
15 ml campari
20 ml orange juice
10 ml lemon juice
10 ml sugar syrup
1 egg white
1. First ice a sour glass or small wine glass
2. Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker and dry shake*
3. Add ice and shake again
4. Empty pre chilled glass of any ice
5. Strain contents of shaker into the glass
6. Garnish with an orange twist and serve