Industry Legends: Nicci Stringfellow

BarChick bumps into these guys all over the world, they either own the place, or they know more bars than we do... (that’s huge). They help us do a better job, buy us drinks, send us booze, and know how to party. Here are some of our Most Wanted, look out for them, they’re an inspiration to us all and they mean business!

We sat down with el Jimador Brand Ambassador Nicci Stringfellow to pick her brains...


WHAT DO YOU DO?

Casa Herradura Brand Ambassador (el Jimador and Herradura tequila)

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

I'm British, but grew up in Lisbon.

3 FAVOURITE LONDON BARS AND WHY?

Casita - because there is nothing better than tequila con verdita in a bar full of friends.

Blind Pig - a high calibre bar that doesn't take itself too seriously and where service comes first.

El Nivel - exactly what London needed, a sophisticated agaveria to show what agave spirits are all about!

3 FAVOURITE INTERNATIONAL BARS AND WHY?

Tram and Trench in Tokyo - amazing little speakeasies hidden away in the vast metropolis.

La Capilla in Tequila town. It's the perfect expression of what tequila means to Mexico and is the birthplace of some of the tequila classics such as the Batanga.

'The best bar in the world' - our family nickname for the local taverna in my home town. Generous measures and toasties til 3am - amazing!

INTRODUCE US TO A GREAT BARTENDER?

Phil Duffy, now of Hawskmoor Spitalfields. His knowledge is vast but his ego is not, and he's been the person I've taken the most away from whilst working in the industry.

BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

Changing perceptions every day by introducing new people to the wonders of 100% agave tequila.

IF YOU WERE GOING TO MAKE A BARCHICK COCKTAIL, WHAT WOULD IT BE CALLED AND WHAT WOULD BE IN IT?

Well it really depends what you're in the mood for, BarChick! But you can never go wrong with the original - Paloma

2oz el Jimador Blanco

5oz Ting grapefruit soda

Splash of fresh lime juice

Pinch of salt

Shake with cubed ice and strain into an ice filled rocks glass.

Refreshing and delicious wherever, whenever!

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE?

Well if BuzzFeed is anything to go by, Angelina Jolie! Wholly unrealistic but flattering nonetheless!

IF YOU WEREN'T A BARTENDER, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE?

A glass blower.

IF YOU COULD MAKE A DRINK FOR ONE PERSON, DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD IT BE?

I'd love to make a drink for Jerry Thomas and show him how his work has evolved!

TOP CHEFS HAVE THEIR GUILTY PLEASURE FOOD, WHAT'S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE DRINK?

Frozen Piña Coladas... Coz even the rubbish ones taste good!

DRINK TREND THAT YOU'RE EXCITED ABOUT?

I'm seeing more and more cocktails and food pairing, especially with the tequila. I think it's a great way for people to learn about a spirit and understand its flavours.

IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD IN 24 HOURS, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

I'd take my kitten, my partner and a bottle of Herradura Reposado, fly to my parents house in Portugal and toast the final sunset from the hilltops.

FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE WORLD?

A secret little island I go to off the Andaman coast in Thailand. Can't tell you where it is or it won't stay a secret...

DESERT ISLAND BOTTLE?

I would totally have had the foresight to pack three...

el Jimador Blanco

Fortaleza Blanco

Santa Teresa 1796