What Your Favorite Bartenders Drink When They're Not Working
Nine of the UK’s leading bartenders tell us what they like to drink after serving drinks all day.
These bartenders can mix up a mean Negroni or mix up a few of their own cocktails. So what do they like to drink when they’re not behind the bar themselves?
We spoke to some of the UK’s leading bartenders to find out what they like to drink when they’re not working.
"Everyone expects the bartenders to be the most complicated people to please when it comes to drinks. I have to say that most of us are fairly easygoing. A simple glass of champagne, wine, or beer will do. In my case, I love a good glass of champagne. However, if I decide to have a cocktail, I most likely will have a Gin Martini with Olive or Negroni." - Tiago Mira, Bar Manager, The Goring Hotel
Gin Martini, Source: Tiago Mira
“Depends on what time of the day I am drinking: if it is aperitif time I love to drink negronis and Milano Torino. If it is after-dinner, I love a very well-made daiquiri with dark rum.” - Salvatore Megna, Head Bartender, The American Bar, at the Stafford Hotel
Salvatore Megna, Head Bartender, at the Stafford Hotel, Source: Salvatore Megna
Daniel Susko, Head of Bar, The Birley Clubs, Source: Daniel Susko
"It really depends on my mood and the weather (summer, winter, etc ...) but I enjoy aged Rum like Zacapa, Diplomatico, Dictador 20. Regarding aperitif or cocktails, I love classics like the negroni, last word, or Hemingway Daiquiri, Rum Old Fashion. I love tasting the creation of the Bar, like their signature cocktails.” - Aurelie Montana, Bar Manager, D&D Group
Caipirinha, Source: Gary Burdekin
“If I'm going for a cocktail, it would be a Caipirinha. I do like a single malt whisky, an Islay, or Speyside if I had my pick. If not that, I'd stick to red wine, maybe a pinot noir.” - Gary Burdekin, Master Bartender, TGI Friday’s UK.
[Pictured in the header: Emilia Wrelton]