The Gougane Squirrel [Exclusive Cocktail Recipe]

Our good friends at Gougane Barra Hotel share the recipe and the story behind the name of one of their most popular house cocktails—the Gougane Squirrel.

The Gougane Squirrel

Courtesy of Gougane Barra Hotel


  • 1/2 shot (17.5ml) Amaretto almond liqueur
  • 1/2 shot (17.5ml) butterscotch liqueur
  • 1 shot (35ml) Bailey’s cream liqueur


Pour ingredients into a stainless shaker over ice, shake until ice cold and strain into a cocktail glass with a homemade cookie on the side.

How did the cocktail get its name?

The native red squirrels—Iora rua in Irish—of Gougane Barra are a fun bunch that live in the Coillte national forest park in the valley. They are generally shy but give great displays to lucky visitors leaping from tree to tree and scampering along branches at high speeds. The Gougane Squirrel cocktail is based on these half-crazy critters.

It has a sweetness, nuttiness and a little bit of whisky in the Baileys Irish cream liquor all chilled out in a cocktail glass with a homemade cookie for the crunch.

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