Dan O'Hare then asked her to marry him. Caroline declined, but after some further dating and courtship, she agreed.
The two married eight years ago, and are competing to take a journey together that they will remember as they enjoy the distilled taste of whiskey for the rest of their lives.
Bushmills is hosting a competition to win tickets to Bushmills Live, a two-day music festival at The Old Bushmills Distillery in Northern Ireland.
The O'Hares have to secure the most votes out of 10 pairs on the Bushmills Live 2012 Facebook page by May 25 to win.
Caroline said she saw an ad for the festival and thought winning tickets to it would be a great gift for her husband, whom she adores.
“It's really about finding people that are friends, long-time friends, couples, that really love being together and sharing great times together,” she said of the contest in a recent interview. “It's so perfect. It just totally fit for Dan and I.”
This is the first year Bushmills is hosting a festival and competition along with it, and it will be the first music festival to be held at its distillery.
“It's about friendship, it's about being with the person that you love and having fun together,” Caroline said. “I'm really hoping that we win it.”
Contest winners will also receive a VIP tour of the distillery, four-star accommodations, and a chance to blend their own style of Bushmills whiskey.
Master Distiller Colum Egan said in a statement from the company that he is exited that there will be a festival full of Bushmills drinkers.
“Bushmills and music have always gone well together,” Egan said. “Handcrafted whiskey and handcrafted music, it just makes sense.”
The festival will feature the band Snow Patrol, musician Foy Vance, and songwriter and producer Iain Archer. Snow Patrol will donate their fee to Oh Yeah, a charity and music center in Belfast.
Actor Elijah Wood will also attend as a special guest and disc jockey on stage.
The O'Hares, who now live in Astoria, have been to Ireland before, and Dan is Irish and Italian.
Caroline said the two love Bushmills because it goes down smooth, and is therefore a relaxing drink, rather than one to chug at a party.
“I like it because it's a very social drink. It's smooth. It's not something you throw down, it's something you just enjoy,” she said. “And when you're drinking Bushmills, you're talking to people, you're being social. It's not a party drink, it's a drink you have with friends.”
But most importantly, drinking whiskey reminds Caroline of the moment she met her beloved husband.
“I just keep going back to this idea that this is something that connected Dan and I in the beginning,” she said, referring to Bushmills. “It sort of holds a special place in my heart, because of how we met. Whiskey reminds me of meeting Dan.”
To vote for the O'Hares or for more information about the contest and festival, visit Facebook.com/BushmillsUSA.