Bringing the NIALL Cocktail to Life...

While traveling to Cuba, Ryan Maybeeinternationally awarded bartender and co-owner of J. Rieger & Co., came across a cocktail recipe book from the early 1900's. Inside this cocktail recipe book was an advertisement for a "Longines Cocktail". This cocktail highlighted prohibition era fashion and was 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. The collaboration of NIALL and J. Rieger & Co. would represent a new era of cocktail. This would be something, that if done right, could grace cocktail menus around the world. 

Ryan Maybee of J. Rieger and Co.

Ryan Maybee of J. Rieger and Co.

Days later, Ryan Maybee and Michael Wilson began testing iteration after iteration of Maybee's vision for a NIALL cocktail while at Manifesto, Kansas City's speakeasy. Mixing J. Rieger & Co. whiskey, vermouth, Cappelletti, Kubler absinthe, orange bitters and just the right ice cubes. 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 the experience of watching Ryan going through his creative process was exciting." says NIALL founder Michael Wilson. 

Later that month, the NIALL cocktail was added to the menu at Manifesto and quickly became a success. Today, the NIALL cocktail can be found on menus across the United States and will soon be featured around the world.


The NIALL Cocktail Recipe

1 ½ oz Rieger's KC Whiskey | ¾ oz Cocchi Torino Vermouth | ½ oz Cappelletti | 3-4 dashes Kubler Absinthe | 3 dashes Angostura Orange Bitters


Where to Find the NIALL Cocktail

MANIFESTO
1924 Main St
Kansas City, MO USA

ZOCALO
 620 W 48th St
Kansas City, MO USA