Now, this is a story all about how My life got flipped-turned upside down. And I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there I'll tell you how I became the prince of a place called Dam Square... In west Soviet Union born and Scotland was raised On the backbar was where I spent most of my days. Shakin' out mixin' relaxin' all cool And all throwin' some Manhattans like some old fool. When a couple of cocktail guys who were up to no good Started challenging me in my neighbourhood. I got in one little competition and then I declared I said 'I'm movin' Tales & Spirits just off Dam Square!'
Maryculter House Hotel – 3 years, Soul Bar – 1 year, Society Bar & Aurum Nightclub – 3 years, Orchid – 1 year, Tales & Spirits for a few years - now I'm at Cocktails for You (a social media platform) .
Bar Orchard – Tokyo, Japan. Nu Lounge Bar – Bologna, Italy. Orchid – Aberdeen, Scotland. HPS – Amsterdam, Netherlands. Callooh Callay – London, UK
Something nice, good and fruity. Or maybe.... Nacional Army & Navy Paloma
24 hours no sleep in Havana, Cuba. Making Daiquiris behind the original & only La Floridita followed by a 4 hour mega tour on a Pink 1950s Chevy down to Che Guevara's house finished off with Cuban Karaoke on the Malecon. Ended up smoking a badass Torpedo with the president of the Club de Cantineros of Cuba whilst chatting women & music. Still getting flashbacks.
Not yet. Considering the size of our bar spoons I don't want to embarrass myself.
I'm in the progress of launching my own hospitality company. Heading up the “Club de Cantineros” program for the Netherlands. Attempting to break back to the “Motherland” to help promote the drinking history of Russia as well as its potential. Soon to be releasing a collaboration with Mixellany to publish the “25 Anos Labor de Cantineros of Cuba” a book I found in Cuba on my travels.
Chat up lines don't work, period. Piece of advice: “You don't get a second chance to make a first impression”
The bird IS the word.
Thinking long & hard, it's best to use a cocktail from one of my friends: the Al Fresco Hand Shandy from The Cocktail Trading Co. Irish Whiskey, lemon, awesome fig balsamic, touch of cherry & chocolate, egg white, soda. Garnished with a house-aromatised wet wipe.
Bourbon, Campari and sweet Vermouth... wait what was the question again?
Archaeologist, biologist & finally, an actor. Didn't end up doing any of those. We'll see what happens. Apparently I'm good at role playing....