10 Greatest Cocktail Mixologists in the World

on 13/01/11 at 6:27 pm

Booze News

Little umbrellas are out, this is about a glass with class. Time to meet the masters of cocktail making. These chaps will even make you a tipple to match your mood. Impressed? Tell them, the result could be tasty.

Dale DeGroff, Milk and Honey, Soho, London

Universally acknowledged by those that count to be the world’s premier cocktail craftsmen, Dale Degroff has done more to rehabilitate sophisticated drinking than any other person on the planet. From his work at New York’s Rainbow Rooms during the 80s, to his books on the subject, Degroff is the man who took the mini umbrella’s out of cocktail culture and replaced them with class in a glass.

Colin Field, Hemingway Bar, Ritz, Paris, France

Expert mixologist Colin Field has been the head barman at the legendary Hemingway Bar at the Ritz in Paris since 1994 and has forgotten more about making the perfect drink than most of us will ever learn. His specialty? Tell him what mood you are in and he’ll produce a cocktail to match. Now, that’s what we call service.

Aristotelis Papadopoulos, Banquet, Thessaloniki, Greece

Winner of 2009’s ‘Liquid Oscars’, Aristotelis Papadopoulos fought off challenges from 6000 barmen, in 24 countries to claim the title of World Class Bartender of the Year. From his bar, Banquet in Thessaloniki, 41 year old Papadopoulos’ has honed his craft to a science which puts bartenders on a par with celebrity chefs.

{Full list via Sabotage Times}

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