Booze Review – Specialty Cocktail Edition

After my signature cocktail experience at the Olive Garden, I thought why not just be the guy who will take one for the team, be the man who will drink it so you don’t have to, the Emperor’s taster if you will. So, when I found myself at another local establishment listing a variety of cleverly named drinks that I am sure management took pains-taking hours to label, I thought I must order one … you know, ¬†for the people:

Where the hell were you?: Brocach, Madison, WI – Monroe street branch (for you non-Madisonians, there are two Brocachs in Madison, the other is on the capitol square.) This is an Irish themed pub/restaurant. The food and service is great, the atmosphere fun and a good likeness to many an Irish pub I have frequented, they have a stellar beer and whiskey selection, and by all means a wonderful restaurant to visit while in our capitol town.

Why?: A friend’s birthday was being celebrated.

What specialty drink did you choose?: I decided on a drink they called “Blackbeard”. It was Piratey, had rum in it, and I have just recently grown a black beard of my very own – it just made sense.

Recipe?: Myers dark rum, Kahlua, cola, and a splash o’ Guinness, served in a Collins glass of sorts.

I took a quick poll from the group.

My better half : I like it.

My better half’s Lover: I think it’s great!

Birthday girl: I taste a lot of licorice, and hate rum and coke.

The Englishman: Other than whiskey, and … well … whiskey, I think the specialty drinks [at an Irish pub] are not, let’s say, a priority feature.

I finally got a chance to taste it. I anticipated something strange and exotic. Based on the ingredients, I imagined a creamy, sugary, cocktail that would make me want to pillage and plunder the table next to us. Alas, I set the glass down and thought, “Oh, that tastes like a rum and coke.” Yup, a rum and coke. Which is exactly what it says on the menu save the Kahlua and Guinness mention, but are notably absent in taste. This wasn’t a bad drink, I am a fan of rum and cokes, and this one was fine. For a specialty cocktail however, it was rather blah. Then again, turning to my English friend who so eloquently made me realize,

“A specialty drink list at an Irish pub is really just for the tourists you know.”

Cheerio my friend. Cheerio!