Ireland’s newly crowned Bar of the Year 2018, Cask cocktail bar and food venue on MacCurtain Street in Cork city’s Victorian Quarter, is hosting an exciting once-off bar takeover by Chris Moore of the multi-award-winning London cocktail bar Coupette on Monday the 17th of September.
Chris Moore was head bartender of the world-renowned Beaufort Bar in the Savoy Hotel, London before opening French-influenced Coupette in spring 2017 in Bethnal Green. The Coupette ethos combines innovation, simplicity and glamour together with a local, seasonal approach using lesser-known ingredients like Calvados, cidre and poiré.
Coupette won Best New International Cocktail Bar at the 2018 Spirited Awards, with Chris shortlisted for the International Bartender of the Year award.
Chris Moore from Coupette said, “I’m so excited to be visiting Cask. Everyone who I talk to about going to Cask raves about it. The fact that I’m simply going to see it seems to be generating a lot of excitement; never mind that I’m going to be making drinks there. I love the renegade, devil-may-care attitude that these guys have shown in their approach, in their creativity, and for making it one of the best cocktail bars anywhere. I can’t wait to see it in person.”
Chris will co-host the takeover alongside Cask’s Andy Ferreira and Carl D’Alton, who are also prestigious award-winners, with both having represented Ireland internationally as winners of the World Class Irish Barman of the Year competition in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
On his menu for the Cask takeover, Chris — who is known in the industry as “Mr Calvados” — will be featuring his signature cocktail ‘Apples’, which mixes Calvados apple brandy with cold-pressed apple juice that he carbonates daily in-house. The calvados and apple that Chris uses to make ‘Apples’ change each month in order to showcase the depth and variety available. In order to stay true to this ethos, Andy and Carl from Cask will be taking Chris to visit two local apple growers and drinks producers — Longueville House, producer of cider and apple brandy, as well as Killahora Orchards, which produces cider, apple port and ice wine made from apples.
Chris’s menu will also feature his signature Champagne Pina Colada cocktail, a modern twist on the classic.
Andy Ferreira, manager of Cask, said: “This is the third world class bar to guest in Cask in as many months. It offers our team an opportunity to work with the best, but also to show these amazing bars how we approach cocktails and more importantly give them a taste in Irish hospitality which is very unique. Massive thanks to Ableforths Spirits for making it possible. We are pretty serious on only using produce that grows in Ireland but fortunately we have some serious apple producers who know how to use them.”
The Chris Moore – Coupette to Cask event starts from 7.00pm on Monday the 17th of September at Cask.
For more information see www.caskcork.com