Two innocent guys with just a headful of dreams and stardust in their eyes. That’s who we elbowed past as we hauled out of JFK, looked around and said, ‘OK, New York. You’ll do.’

You see, we’d already come a long way.

One of us was Jack McGarry – cocktail virtuoso, walking drinks encyclopedia and soon to be International Bartender of the Year. 

The other was Sean Muldoon, ice-obsessive, detail obsessive, and already the creative force behind a World’s Best Cocktail Bar (The Merchant, back home in Belfast).

Two top dogs in search of a rabbit. Then we found one.