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Dublin the pleasure

Learn your lessons in the art of fine living in a fine Irish ambience



Glug Glug Glug... The festival features some truly exotic cocktails photo: Murali Kumar K.

If you are one of those who prefer their martinis shaken and not stirred, then head for Dublin at the ITC Hotel Windsor Sheraton. Dublin is celebrating The Art of Fine Living with the choicest of cocktails, hand rolled cigars and some jazz saxophone by Raman.

The very Irish pub is one of my favourite watering holes in the city because of its unique character. It's U-shaped wooden bar, lights and the music make for an ambience that is very different from any other pub.

"It is all about celebrating the finer aspects of life," say the owners. To do that they have prepared a special bar menu that offers some classic and whiskey cocktails made from, what else, but Jack Daniel's.

"Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough," said Mark Twain. And the menu leaves you in exactly the same tizzy. Priced uniformly at Rs. 400, the cocktails range from Rusty Nails to Coffee Fling. Rusty Nails is combination of whiskey and drambuie served in a old fashioned glass with a lemon twist while Coffee Fling is nothing but freshly brewed coffee with sugar and whiskey.

The other cocktails that must be tried are Back Street Banger, which is equal portions of whiskey and Bailey's Irish Cream served with crushed ice. Whiskey Sour, meanwhile, is a shake of lemon juice, sugar, whiskey and egg white. It is most definitely the definition of exotic.

One can also try the Jack's special cocktails on offer. They are signature cocktails made from Jack Daniel's. The pick of the lot here is Jack Knife, which is a mix of whiskey, kirsch, Mountain Dew and rum.

There are also a few cocktails that are recommended by the barmen at Dublin. One is the Caipiroska, a blend of fresh lime, sugar and vodka, and Ibizaab, a mix of white rum, martini rosso, grenadine and lime. They are priced at Rs. 250 and Rs. 350, respectively.

The cigars meanwhile are a little more expensive than the cocktails. There are two available on the menu: Rafael Gonzales Lonsdales and Romeo Y Julieta Churchills P/C 3(T). The Rafael is a habanos. It is six-and-a-half inches long and has a ring gauge of 42. It has a floral and honey sweet taste. It is a slow burning cigar and is priced at Rs. 300 per piece. Churchills was, of course, named in honour of Winston Churchill and is a known for its "richness and powerful taste". It is seven inches long and has a ring gauge of 47. It is priced at Rs. 1,225 a piece.

But the beer guzzlers and hard drinkers needn't be disappointed. The menu also offers a large selection of whiskey's and Irish Guinness Beer.

Guinness is known for its deep ruby colour and its smooth creamy head. It is priced at a special Rs. 250 for a pint and you can also get four beers for Rs. 900. And to go with your drinks there is some delicious pub food such as mozzarella melters, spicy chicken wings and beer battered shrimps.

The festival concludes tomorrow. For reservations call 22269898.

ANAND SANKAR

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