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Aidy Smith

Who are you and what do you do? Tell us about yourself… 

I’m Aidy Smith: a drinks lover who spends their life helping other find their perfect pour. I’m a TV Presenter for The Three Drinkers TV Series on Amazon Prime alongside the Global Brand Ambassador for Vivino, the worlds largest wine app and marketplace. I write a fair bit too, namely for The Independent.

What’s the best thing about your job? 

The ridiculously amazing drinks from all over the world (both wonderful and weird) I get to discover on a weekly basis. From horse placenta collagen to 1962 Dom Perígnon, I’m a lucky boy! 

You can teleport to any bar in the world, where are you going? 

Whenever it gets to Christmas I don’t venture too far, you’ll find me at the Beaufort Bar in The Savoy. It’s just so festive and intimate and you simply can’t go wrong with the cocktails. By far one of the best bars in existence as far as I’m concerned!

Where’s your favourite city for bar-hopping?

London! There is just so much going on in our beautiful city from the world-renowned hotel bars so smaller more intimate bar scenes with some serious skill behind them.

What’s your idea of a party? 

It starts with Patrón Picante’s, involves bubbles, a massive white, usually a Californian red before ending on whisky. Most importantly, it always includes stitches of laughter - the uncontrollable laughter where your sides begin to hurt. Oh, and a bacon sarnie the next day because we all know how we’re going to feel.

Who in the industry would you love to rock up to the bar next to you? 

David Blackmore, the Global Brand Ambassador for Glenmorangie and Ardbeg, total legend, so many stories and so much knowledge. Emma Wykes, a true inspiration and amazing guru in the industry, so entrepreneurial, I just love chatting with her. We’re fortunate to have an industry built upon a lot of love, so there’s so so many people to tell the truth! 

What is your desert island bottle? 

Clos de Chillon Chasselas from Switzerland. A wine that you’ve probably never heard of but brings so much joy to my life. Oh, and our incredibly The Three Drinkers whisky, of course!!

What’s your failsafe cocktail?

A Strawberry Gin Sour (I make a really good one) or Spicy Margarita. Sorry, I have to choose two.

What is your hangover cure?

A shot of ginger, massive bacon sandwich, a hell of a lot of water and a nice sprinkle of sympathy to go with it.


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