A trip to Cuba, a 19th century cocktail book and a meeting in a speak-easy gave birth to a cocktail that is taking over menus around the world. This is the Niall cocktail.
BRINGING THE NIALL COCKTAIL TO LIFE
While traveling to Cuba, Ryan Maybee (internationally awarded bartender and co-owner of J. Rieger & Co.) came across a cocktail book from the early 1900's. Inside this cocktail book was an advertisement for a "Longines Cocktail" - a cocktail that highlighted prohibition era fashion and a speciality drink for the Longines Swiss watchmaker.
Connecting the dots and being a Kansas City-based entrepreneur, Ryan called Niall founder Michael Wilson and pitched the idea of a Niall cocktail. A collaboration between Niall and J. Rieger & Co. that would represent a new era of collaborations. Something, that if done right, could grace cocktail menus around the world.
Days later, Ryan Maybee and Michael Wilson found themselves in Kansas City speak-easy, Manifesto, testing iteration after iteration of Ryan Maybee's vision for a Niall cocktail. Mixing J. Rieger & Co. whiskey, vermouth, Cappelletti, Kubler absinthe and just the right ice cubs, Ryan Maybee states "we discovered the perfect cocktail to represent the spirit of Niall. A strong core of authentic American-ness with a little bit of Swiss movement."
"The Niall cocktail tastes like a new generation of the old-fashioned, I've never had tasted anything like this before and to watch Ryan going through his creative process - was exciting." Says Niall founder Michael Wilson.
Later that month the Niall cocktail was put on the menu at Manifesto. Quickly becoming a success. Today, the Niall cocktail can be found on menus around the United States and soon to be around the world.
1 ½ oz Rieger's KC Whiskey | ¾ oz Cocchi Torino Vermouth |
½ oz Cappelletti | 3-4 dashes Kubler Absinthe | 3 dashes Orange Bitters