Give me a little bit of history on what we're drinking.
On every Bushmills bottle, you're going to see the number 1608. That signifies the year we got our original grant to distill. 1608 is actually the oldest license to distill any spirit in the world. So, we have over 400 years of experience, of craftsmanship, of heritage, of friendship.
How do heavily-sugared fruity cocktails make you feel?
There's a resurgence in craft cocktails and classic cocktails. Sometimes, with that, comes a snobbery to move away from the Long Island Iced Tea or the apple martini. My opinion, honestly? When you're dealing with spirits and when you're dealing with alcohol, the most important thing you're dealing with is hospitality and friendship. If two people sit down at a bar, I think it's our job to make them feel at home and welcome and happy. If someone wants a Sazerac and their friend wants a Long Island Iced Tea, then you know what? You give them a Long Island Iced Tea. It's all about enjoyment.
What drink continually impresses you?
An Old-Fashioned. And the amount of venues that serve a quality Old-Fashioned. It's just great seeing people drink it who never would have drank it before. It impresses me that it survived the test of time. More recently, what really impresses me, is a Hot Toddy. I've seen so many variances of the Hot Toddy. You can use it with hot water, tea, allspice, cinnamon, there are so many flavors to add with a nice honey whiskey base.