Reading through the pages of most cocktail books written before the second world war can get to be a pretty dull read pretty quickly — particularly if there isn’t a well-stocked bar at one’s disposal or the hour is unsociably early. Yet Charles H. Baker Jr’s prose stands apart from the pack.
It's a drink that takes a long time to make, so we thought we enlist a bartender who's been around a long time too. Veteran bartender Cristiano Beretta (The Rook, Sydney) has made his fair share of Ramos Gin Fizzes through the years, so press play below and pay attention...
Take a squiz at the video below from Australian Bartender Advisory Panel member and all-round Tequila guru Phil Bayly. You'll see a younger Bayly, Tom Estes, Angus Winchester, and Dre Masso step behind the bar at the legendary La Capilla, on Julio Bermejo's first Writer's Tour of Tequila in 2004.
We stopped by new Sydney bar, Bulletin Place, to catch up with bartender and co-owner Tim Philips — whom you may have heard of — and asked him about what makes a good cocktail list.