The Dubliner cocktail was created by Haddingtons restaurant (Austin, TX) in 2011. The name “Dubliner” refers to Dublin Dr Pepper, the original recipe Dr Pepper with cane sugar, bottled in Dublin, Texas. On April 14, 2011, Haddingtons tweeted:
“Have you tried our new cocktails yet? How about The Dubliner: Irish Whisky, Dr. Pepper Reduction, & Aperol?”
Wikipedia: Dublin Dr Pepper
Dublin Dr Pepper is the popular name for the original recipe of Dr Pepper which is made using cane sugar as the sweetener, as opposed to newer high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) which is now the most commonly used sweetener.
During the late 1970s and early 1980s, almost all American soft drink bottlers switched from cane sugar to HFCS because of a rise in the price of sugar. However, the owner of Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling Company of Dublin, Texas refused to switch sweeteners, and it remains one of few bottlers in the United States to continue using cane sugar year round. Though the Dublin plant is not the only Dr Pepper bottler to use cane sugar vs. HFCS as the sweetener, the Dublin plant was the most well-known not to make the change, carrying the Imperial Sugar logo and thus the cane sugar-based Dr Pepper variant became popularly known as “Dublin” Dr Pepper.
Franchise agreements limit the Dublin plant’s distribution range to a 44-mile radius of Dublin, an area encompassing Stephenville, Tolar, Comanche and Hico. This restriction has never been lifted (though unconfirmed reports state otherwise); thus, the only way to purchase Dublin Dr Pepper is by traveling to the Dublin area, ordering it online, or finding a store outside the area which sells “bootleg” Dublin Dr Pepper (product purchased in the area then taken outside the area; the plant in Dublin doesn’t keep a record of who might sell it across Texas and beyond).
The Dublin plant is the nation’s oldest Dr Pepper bottler, producing Dr Pepper continuously since 1891, six years after the soft drink’s debut in Waco. As the soft drink’s first independently owned bottler, owner Sam Houston Prim was given first choice of franchises when franchising of Dr Pepper started in 1925 and could have claimed the entire state as a franchise, but chose instead to formalize his modest informal territory, which has remained unchanged.
Have you tried our new cocktails yet? How about The Dubliner: Irish Whisky, Dr. Pepper Reduction, & Aperol?
14 Apr via Twitter for iPhone
Austin (TX) Chronicle
Pub grub gone posh and gas station gastronomy
By Wes Marshall, Fri., May 13, 2011
601 W. Sixth, 992-0204
It took some convincing to get me to try the Dubliner ($9); the cute name refers not to Ireland, but Dublin, Texas, home to the only United States plant which has always produced Dr Pepper with cane sugar. Why? Because the Dubliner is made from Irish whiskey, a Dr Pepper reduction (!), and a touch of the liqueur Aperol. It was really wonderful. The Dr Pepper adds a touch of cherry and prune flavoring that plays very nicely with the woody Irish whiskey.