Alessandro Palazzi: ‘Hospitality is like military service’

Having started his bartending career in the 1970s, Alessandro Palazzi has worked his way up to become the duke of Dukes, the London hotel where he has forged a reputation for making some of the world’s best Martinis. *This feature was originally published in the August 2019 issue of The Spirits Business Tucked away in a cul‐de‐sac in London’s affluent St James’s neighbourhood, Dukes hotel has long been serving what are widely considered the capital’s…

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Yeray Monforte on the importance of education

Spanish bartender Yeray Monforte, the winner of this year’s Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition, is determined to pass all the things he has learnt in his career to a new generation of mixologists. *This feature was originally published in the June 2019 issue of The Spirits Business I fell in love with mixing different liquors to create cocktails. For me this is amazing and I knew I wanted to dedicate my life to this career,” says…

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Jesse Vida on moving from Dead Rabbit to Singapore’s Atlas

Bartender Jesse Vida rose to prominence at New York’s The Dead Rabbit. Now the US mixologist has mapped out a plan for his new home, Singapore’s Atlas, to enjoy the same acclaim. *This feature was originally published in the April 2019 issue of The Spirits Business “I was originally going to be a history teacher,” says Californian bartender Jesse Vida. “I always had an affinity for history, and while I was learning about liquor for…

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Fam’s Megs Miller on creating a ‘community’ bar

Peripatetic Canadian bartender Megs Miller has found a home in London and in her new job at Fam, a place to show off her hospitality. *This feature was originally published in the March 2019 issue of The Spirits Business For as long as she has worked in the on-­trade, Canadian bartender Megs Miller says she has been known as “the Tequila girl”. “When I was 16, I visited Mexico for the first time for a…

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Orlando Marzo: ‘Education is so important for bartenders’

Australia-based Italian Orlando Marzo beat bartenders from across the globe in the Diageo World Class cocktail competition. SB chats to the 2018 victor. *This feature was originally published in the January 2018 issue of The Spirits Business Melbourne-­based bartender Orlando Marzo first entered Diageo World Class in 2017. After fighting his way into Australia’s regional competition, he finished in second place. “That was a hard result to swallow,” he says. “I knew that the next…

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