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Christmas Movies and Cocktails No2: Die Hard

In the second instalment of our "Christmas Movies and Cocktails" series, we're diving into the debate about whether Die Hard qualifies as a Christmas movie while sipping on the "John McClane" cocktail. Let's celebrate the season with a hint of action, a touch of Irish heritage, and a whole lot of festive flavour.

Die Hard: A Christmas Movie?

Before we delve into the mixology magic of the "John McClane" cocktail, let's address the perennial question: Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Die Hard, the iconic 1988 action film starring Bruce Willis, has sparked endless debates about its holiday credentials. While it might not be the traditional chestnut-roasting, carol-singing affair, its setting during a Christmas party and themes of redemption and family have secured its place in many holiday film lists.

Now, let's raise a glass to the holiday season with the "John McClane" cocktail, inspired by the eponymous Die Hard hero and his Irish roots. This bold and spirited concoction combines the richness of Jameson's whiskey with the deep, velvety undertones of Guinness syrup. It's the perfect companion for those who enjoy a touch of warmth and a dash of adventure in their holiday festivities.

Guinness Syrup Recipe:

To kick off the creation of this festive elixir, start by preparing the Guinness syrup. In a saucepan over low heat, combine 100ml of Guinness with 150g of brown sugar. Stir the mixture diligently until the sugar dissolves, creating a rich, aromatic syrup. Once ready, transfer the Guinness syrup into a sterilized jar or bottle and let it cool before storing it in the fridge. 

When you're ready to channel your inner John McClane, grab a rocks glass and fill it with ice. Pour in 40ml of Jameson's whiskey, 20ml Bourbon, followed with a generous 10ml drizzle of the homemade Guinness syrup. Stir the ingredients over the rocks until well-chilled. 

Cocktail created by the fabulous Leo Capaldi, and can be enjoyed the whole of next week at Back To Mine, Liverpool Street London!

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