Mixology Ideas

5 Mixology Trends in 2016

Mixology Trends

After digging around the web for some ideas for our own menu we came across several great ideas and trends we we’re spotting. 2016 in Galway has seen a rise in interest in flashy cocktails over the last year. Several mixolgy contests gaining popularity among local bar-staff. So let’s dig into it, here’s 5 mixolgy trends in 2016!



Alcohol Ice-cubes:

It’s common knowledge among bartenders and mixologists that you can’t freeze spirits in you average freezer. Alcohol has a much lower freezing point than water so putting a spirit in the freezer won’t get you ice. It may however get a bit slushy if it has a lower alcohol percentage. There is something new on the market though. You can buy special freezers now with a much colder lower temperature which will freeze spirits giving us an ingredient we’ve all been dying to use in our drinks; alcoholic Ice that won’t make your drink watery. Many American bars are already adopting these machines and I suspect it will slowly become a staple in bars. You can find more info on these machines here! Careful though. They cool liquids far below zero which means you can’t put the ice straight into your mouth.

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Ever wanted a cocktail but been the designated driver? A trend that’s currently sweeping over the western world is ‘mocktails’: Tastes like a cocktail, but is non alcoholic. Now some may argue this is basically a smoothie. However mocktails are mixed to taste like cocktails and a specifically styled after the traditional recipes. These are great for people on a strict diet, pregnant women, or as stated already, designated drivers.

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Nitro Coffees:

We’re well used to our Irish coffees here, so having alcohol with our caffeinated drinks isn’t the most outlandish idea to us. A new spin on the idea however is popping up and showing it’s head in cafes. Nitro coffee is basically an ice coffee without the ice. Nitrogen gas is infused into it and its released through a draft system. It comes out very similar looking to a Guinness and even shares its creamy character. The coffee comes in kegs without alcohol but it’s been a huge ingredient for experimentation with mixologists this year. In Krust in Dublin they’ve started offering these coffees.

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Kombucha Juice:

Go to most bars and you’ll most likely have 3 types of juice on offer. Pineapple, Cranberry and orange. The more adventurous bars have started stocking something more exotic for some stranger cocktails. Kombucha juice, even if it’s under the radar is rearing its head in some of the flashier venues this year. Bound to be a rare and unusual ingredient in your mix, it’s definitely something worth checking out!

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Hopefully our bartending readers will get something interesting out of this to try in the locals, talk soon guys!

4th July Snow Cones

5 Drink Ideas for 4th of July

4th of July Drink Ideas

With the fabulous festivities of American independence upon us we thought we’d scour the web and ask our local mixologists about some drink ideas. If your planning a party or hosting something for the 4th of July these are some great drink mix ideas to really bring out that American theme. Coyotes will also be hosting our very own 4th of July party with 2 euro drinks all night so if your about Galway city make sure you pop in!


Jamaican me Blue

A nice simply one for starters! In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine one ounce of simple syrup, 3/4 ounce curacao, 1/2 ounce lime juice, 1/2 lemon juice. Shake vigorously and strain into a collins/tiki glass with ice.

Props to Helin Jung from Cosmopolitan for this masterpiece!





Red, White and Blue Jello shots

Who doesn’t love a good jello shot? Always fun and delicious, color these red, white and blue and you have yourself some great themed shots.


Jello Shots


1 6-oz package strawberry Jell-O
blueberry vodka
1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 6-oz package berry blue Jell-O
whipped cream



1. Combine strawberry Jell-O and 2.5 cups hot water in a large bowl. Stir. Add 1.5 cups blueberry vodka. Stir. Use a spoon to fill your shot glasses 1/3 of the way. Place in the fridge to set for 60-90 minutes.

2. Combine 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin and 1.5 cups hot water in a large bowl. Stir until the gelatin has dissolved. Mix in sweetened condensed milk. Stir. Use a spoon to fill your shot glasses 2/3 of the way. Place in the fridge to set for 60-90 minutes.

3. Combine berry blue Jell-O and 2.5 cups hot water in a large bowl. Stir. Add 1.5 cups blueberry vodka. Stir. Use a spoon to fill your shot glasses to the top. Place in the fridge to set for 60-90 minutes.

4. Top Jello-O shots with whipped cream and sprinkles. Enjoy!


Francesca Bean at Brit + Co is the creator of this work of wonder. Go check them out here!



Indochine Cocktail

Looking for something more sophisticated? Look no further, we’ve got a slightly more fancy looking recipe for you here so you can celebrate your theme with class.


Indochine Cocktail

2 tablespoons grenadine
2 ounces blue colored tropical fruit liqueur, chilled (recommended: Hpnotiq)
2 ounces Mandarin orange vodka, chilled

Pour grenadine into the bottom of a martini glass.
Gently pour the blue colored tropical fruit liqueur over the back of a spoon to avoid mixing with the grenadine.
Gently pour chilled vodka into martini glass over the back of a spoon to create a layered effect.

Thanks to Sandra Lee at the foodnetwork for this one!


Red, White, and Blue Snow Cones

This ones a big one guys, takes a bit more effort than the rest but will be a perfect for anyone hosting day parties in the sun.
4th July Snow Cones


1 c sugar

1/2 c water

crushed ice

Enough for 12 snow cones

For red syrup:

1 c strawberries, halved

¼ c white rum

For blue syrup:

juice of 1 lime

¼ c blue curacao


Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar, and then reduce to a simmer, and stirring cook for two minutes.

For red syrup: Pour half of the simple syrup – about 1/2 cup – over the strawberries. Allow to macerate for 1 hour, then puree in a blender with the white rum. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and reserve.*

For blue syrup: Combine remaining syrup, lime juice, and curacao. Stir to combine completely. Chill syrups until ready to serve.

To make ice: Use a snow cone machine or blend ice in a blender (you may have to do this in batches, keeping each batch in the freezer as you make the next one.

Scoop crushed ice into glasses, then squirt syrups over packed, crushed ice and enjoy!

*For a more intense red color, add a drop or two of red food coloring.

We found this over at Clinton Kelly, keep up the good work guys, looks great!


Uncle Slam

And finally for one of our own the infamous Uncle Slam. One of our mixologists said he whip up something for the occasion and have something ready for our 4th of July night. These are super quick to make and taste great so make sure to come visit us and try one!

Uncle Slam Shot

To make on of these fill a shot glass 85% full with both Sambuca and Malibu. Follow with a dribble of Blue Aftershock until blue as shown. Then get some strawberry grenadine and put your finger over the opening. Release small amounts of the grenadine at a time until it sits nicely at the bottom as shown.


We’ll that’s our quick round up guys hope you find something usefull out of these 4th of July drink ideas.  If you have any of your own amazing drink ideas please send them into us so we can show them off on facebook for you! Have a great 4th of July!

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