Barley Republic bartender, Nikki Mendez, seems to have the appropriate palate to pour drinks at the historic St. Augustine Irish Gastro Pub and Cocktail Bar. Case in point: We asked her what drink she likes to settle her soul after a long shift. Her answer: “Always, always a short of Tullamore D.E.W.”

Get to know Mendez a little better, below, and next time you visit St. Augustine’s downtown, pop in to Barley Republic and do the D.E.W. with Mendez.

How long have you been bartending?

Almost eight years. I actually started before I was 21, so learning without being able to try anything was a fun challenge.

What do you love about your job?

Helping guests figure out what they want to drink. I love having the opportunity to introduce them to a beer or spirit or cocktail they may have never had before and striking up a conversation about it.

Photo: Kelly Martucci

After a long day working behind the bar, what is your favorite drink to wind down with?

Always, always a shot of Tullamore D.E.W. If it’s been a particularly long day I’ll sip on the Tullamore D.E.W. Cider Cask whiskey over a couple rocks.

If you could brew your own beer, what would you call it?

“Loki’s Betrayal.” It would be really easy to drink and probably taste like iced coffee, but be high alcohol and include espresso. So the next thing you know you’re way drunker than you thought you were. And It would obviously be named after my super mischievous pup.

If you could have a drink with anyone alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Dean Martin. I want to hear all his stories, I feel like they would range from hilarious to heartfelt and make for some of the best conversation I’ve ever had. And if he decided to break out in song I would be completely okay with that.

Best hangover cure?

Soda water with a bunch of bitters and a shot of whiskey. if that doesn’t work…try again?

Featured Cocktail: Iced Irish Coffee Borghetti Espresso Liqueur, Kookaburra Iced Coffee, Tullamore DEW, and brown sugar. Photo: Kelly Martucci

*This sponsored feature originally appeared in Void Magazine VOl. 9, Issue 3, The Drink Issue.