The Cocktail Hour
Grabbing Drinks With Miami Dolphins Player Nick O'Leary
WHO: Florida State University football legend and current Miami Dolphins tight end Nick O’Leary
WHAT: The Butcher Shop Blackberry Mojito paired with the house-made Brisket Pierogies of slow-cooked brisket with a beer demi-glaze and caramelized onions over a sour cream sauce; the Mixed Sausage Platter of house-made Mettwurst, beer bratwurst, jalapeño cheddar sausage and smoked kielbasa with sauerkraut, caramelized onions, Bavarian mustard and pretzel bun; and the USDA Prime Ribeye, a boneless 16-ounce with mashed potatoes.
WHERE: The Butcher Shop, 209 Sixth St., West Palm Beach / 561.812.2336 / butchershopwpb.com / @thebutchershopwpb
1 Winning a national championship at Florida State was: awesome. We won a state championship at Dwyer in high school, and then we won a national championship in college. All 22 of our starters from that Florida State team made it to the NFL. That’s a very special team.
2 The first thing I thought about when I received the call that the Buffalo Bills were drafting me was: that my dream of playing in the NFL was coming true. Then I thought about how different it was going to be playing football outside of Florida for the first time in my life, and how I was going to one of the coldest places I’d ever been. I’m very happy to be back in the warm weather of Miami now.
3 People might be surprised to know that life in the NFL is: filled with very long days. I’m in the building at 6 a.m., then I’m working out before the 8 a.m. team meeting. After that, it’s offense and defense meetings at 11:30 a.m., practice until 2 p.m., eat lunch, and then have meetings from 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. It’s a longer workday than anyone realizes.
4 For me, the best thing about the off-season is that I get to: hunt, play golf, hang out with the guys outside of football, spend time with the family and have home-cooked meals at home. And being back home in Florida means I can now choose when I want to travel to cold weather.
5 Being the grandson of golf great Jack Nicklaus means: that I see him differently than everyone else does. He’s just my grandfather, just like everyone else who has a grandfather. But everyone else sees him as the greatest golfer of all time. When I went to the Masters, it really put into perspective for me how much he means to people and to the entire world of golf.
After winning state championships in football and lacrosse at William T. Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, O’Leary headed to Tallahassee to play football at Florida State. During a celebrated collegiate career he was named a consensus All-American, won the John Mackey Award as college football’s most outstanding tight end, and set FSU’s all-time record for most career receptions by a tight end, all while winning three conference championships and the final BCS National Championship in 2014. In the 2015 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills selected O’Leary and he played three seasons with the team prior to joining the Miami Dolphins in 2018. An avid outdoorsman who especially enjoys hunting and playing golf, O’Leary currently resides in Jupiter Farms.
Butcher Shop Blackberry Mojito:
2 muddled blackberries and mint leaves
.25 ounce simple syrup
2 ounces Don Q Rum
1 ounce lemon juice Shake, strain and serve over ice. Top with soda, garnish with fresh blackberries and mint leaves.