Booze hounds

Esther Medina Cuesta


Booze hounds




Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour, London

Where do you live?

In Battersea, South London

3 favourite international bars and why

La Capilla, Tequila, Mexico - Don Javier is the most amazing host I ever met! Chainaya, Moscow, Russia - Their love and care is exquisite. Antigua Casa De Guardia, Malaga, Spain - Gorgeous selection of typical south Spain wines and bills written on the bar top with chalk. The bar staff hasn't changed since I started going there…

Introduce us to a great bartender

A very promising gentleman called Germain Loiseau tends at The Bulgari in London. If everything goes well we will be seeing more and more of him.

Best part of your job?

When a guests leaves happy

If you were going to make a Barchick cocktail what would you call it and what you be in it?

Well, that would depend if BarChick would like the drink sort or long, with or without alcoholic taste, sweet, sour, spicy, dry, savory, fluffy, sparkling… and of course the surroundings and the season.

Who would play you in a movie?


If you weren't a bartender what would you like to be?

I'm a teacher back home and I've been a specialist translator for several years now so I would probably take that path.

If you could make a drink for one person dead or alive who would it be

Dido, queen of Carthage

Top chefs have their guilty pleasure food, what's your guilty pleasure drink


Drink trend that you're excited about

Vegetables getting their rightful place in drinks making

It's the end of the world in 24 hours what would you do?

Stay home cooking

Favourite place in the world?

Lantau, China

Desert island bottle?

Garrafa of a good Amontillado