Margaritas in Ireland

[Editor’s Note:  On this day after 2018’s International Margarita Day festivities, Tequila Jockey, Jim Johnston, shares his fond recollections of margarita making inside Ireland’s renowned Dick Mack’s Pub & Brewhouse, while visiting relatives in 2017.]

No Country for Cocktails

Ireland is not a cocktail country.

Don’t get me wrong, I had several well made drinks during my visit, but, in most pubs you’re going to find a diverse tap and a shelf stocked with whiskey.

Margaritas in Ireland

Such was the case at Dick Mack’s Pub & Brewhouse in Dingle, County Kerry, a wonderful coastal town on the far west of Ireland.

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Historic Dick Mack’s has been serving up liquid refreshments since 1899.  It has been in the same family and built a reputation as the classic example of an Irish pub.  Besides a pristine tap, a brass fixture, polished daily with the pub’s name engraved on the front, there is a shelf from bar to ceiling full of Irish whiskeys.

In recent years, Dick Mack’s also has been awarded Munster province and Overall Irish whiskey bar of the year for 2014, 2015, and 2016.  The pub also serves a fair amount of Dingle Gin from the distillery up the road.

Margaritas in Ireland

I was told that most Americans drink the traditional Guinness draft, one of the light American lagers available, or they choose to taste some whiskeys from the impressive collection.

When I asked if there was any tequila in the house, Finn, grandson of Dick Mack himself, produced a bottle of what I typically keep on hand at home, Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado.

Ireland’s Cocktail Culture

What followed was a great discussion about the cocktail culture of Ireland, including the failed attempts of previous spirits brands to promote tequila on the island.  Patron’s The Patronic (Patron tequila, tonic and lime) did not take off here.

Finn’s hope is that the acquisition of Bushmills by Cuervo flagship Proximo in 2014,Margaritas in Ireland would lead to a more modern, consumer savvy, tequila-esque promotion of the Irish whiskey label.

As we spoke I noticed a bottle of Cointreau hiding behind some whiskey, as well as some fresh lemon juice and quite a few limes waiting to be sliced.

We were staying with my two cousins in Dingle and it was they who, when they lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, introduced me to tequila and the simple art of the margarita.

The Simple Art of The Margarita

It was a particularly warm day for Ireland in late May, about 75 degrees.  Perfect for enjoying margaritas.

I offered to give the Irish crew behind the bar a quick lesson in margarita making and they went about putting together the Irish version of the first really good margarita that I had ever had, the House Traditional, at the famed Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen in Santa Fe, where lemon juice is the citrus of choice.

We made margaritas, and the boys behind the bar agreed that they were a far better effort than the last attempt at tequila marketing that they had been exposed to.


Margaritas in Ireland

I would venture back to Dick Mack’s several times that week but, knowing that I had a steady stream of tequila to taste when I came home, I stuck to the perfectly poured Guinness and local whiskey.

Who knows?

When I go back to Ireland, I may have a margarita waiting for me.



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JLP Pomegranate Margarita Review

JLP Pomegranate Margaritas

Mike Morales and Lisa Pietsch get together for two very special episodes of Sipping Off the Cuff with JLP Margaritas.  If you’ve been following us, you know that we’ve awarded the Golden Lime Margarita a Gold Medal but this is the first time we’ve had the opportunity to taste the Strawberry and Pomegranate flavors.  Watch to see what we thought of the Pomegranate:

Sipping Off the Cuff | JLP Pomegranate Margaritas
Though our video was cut off before we could sign off, we agreed this was POMMETASTIC and worthy of a Brand of Promise Nomination.


We have confirmation from brand owner, Javier Martinez, JLP is NOT diffused tequila.  JLP is cooked in hornos de mamposteria for 72 hrs and then double column distilled.

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About JLP Tequila:

Sipping Off the Cuff | JLP Pomegranate Margaritas we call it JLP The Presidents Tequila?
Back in 1758, Jesus Lopez Y Galindo(JLP descendant), Governor of the Villa of Tequila in the Jalisco region, gave possession of a Hacienda to Jose Antonio Cuervo in the name of King Carlos III of Spain.
It was there that in 1795 Maria Magdalena Ignacio Cuervo married Vicente Albino Rojas(JLP descendant) and founded the distillery “La Rojena.” They would become the first to receive the official concession to produce Tequila-Wine on the land that is today known as Tequila, Jalisco. It was in the 19th Century that the family brought in a German agronomist by the name of Franz Weber(who married into JLP’s family) to classify the Agave plant. Today it is known as Agave Tequiliana Azul Weber, the foundation for all fine tequila.
With this rich heritage it was only fitting that JLP would develop his very own Tequila.

12 oz.can featuring JLP Blanco Tequila. 9% alcohol, non-carbonated.
Flavors: Golden Lime, Strawberry-Lime & Pomegranate.

JLP, is elaborated at Productos Finos de Agave, S.A. de C.V. NOM 1416
Denomination of Origin(DOT)138


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