Starting October 1st, Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey has recruited 12 women bartenders across the United States to create cocktails reflective of who inspired them in their career.

As a way to honor influential women across the country, Knappogue will launch one of the cocktails recipes on their social media every two weeks, until International Women’s Day on March 8th.

The lineup will have an array of award-winning bartenders including Ezra Star (Boston), Meaghan Dorman (New York), Devon Tarby (Los Angeles), Mariena Mercer (Las Vegas), and Jenee Craver (Chicago). Kanppogue is encouraging all-female bartenders across the board to get involved.

Denaya Jones, the owner of DESstilled drinks events company in D.C., is providing the first recipe for the series. Denaya’s cocktail, Black is Gold, will combine Knappogue Castle 12 Year with Nocino Walnut Liqueur, home-made plum-honey compote, and egg whites. The drink is garnished with gold flakes and an Angostura Bitters crown.

Black is Gold Cocktail

Black is Gold Cocktail

Photo by Anna Meyer Photography

“Black is Gold represents a multitude of women of color who all share key things in common.”
– Denaya Jones

“They are fearless, unapologetic, and true bosses – all of which inspire me to continue in my own career pursuits. This cocktail represents those women both in taste and in aesthetics. Strong, yet soft; brown and beautiful, with a delicate golden crown.”

For every female-inspired recipe that Knappogue receives, the brand will donate to a women’s charity of their choice. These recipes can easily be recreated at home because most of these women are currently displaced from their bars and unable to make these drinks for patrons directly. With these uncertain times for the bartending industry, the series hopes to bring light to the next generation of bartending talent.

To find out more, please visit and follow on Instagram @KnappogueWhiskey, #KnappogueWomenInWhiskey, #SheWhoShakes.

Black is Gold Cocktail

Black is Gold Cocktail

Photo by Anna Meyer Photography

Black is Gold


  • 2 oz. Knappogue Castle 2 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey
  • 1/4 oz. Barrel-Aged Nocino
Walnut Liqueur
  • 3/4 oz. Plum-Honey Compote*
  • 1 Egg White
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Gold Fakes

Preparation: Brush compote onto half of the glass rim, gently roll in gold flakes, and place glass in the freezer. Combine ingredients in a shaker. Dry shake. Wet shake.
Double strain into a coupe glass. Top froth with an Angostura Bitters crown. 

*Plum-Honey Compote

  1. Thinly slice 2 ripe plums and add to a small pan over medium heat.
  2. Add 2 tbsp honey and bring to the boil.
  3. Reduce to simmer and let reduce for approximately five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool.