Four Iconic Hotel Bartenders

A Man Walks Into A Bar...

... and is completely wowed by these bartenders in Paris, London, and Houston.

A classic.
You can be your own amazing bartender, too!

Originally appeared in May 2015 issue of Virtuoso Life
Colin Field photo by Roberto Frankenberg

The Ritz Paris
The Hemingway Bar’s Colin Field is guest-bartending at hotels and private events while his home base, the Ritz Paris, is closed for renovations. He’ll return in December, the hotel’s projected opening date.

A drink for next spring: “The ‘Tokyo OH Oh’ is a big favorite at the bar,” Field says of his Junmai Daiginjo sake and Champagne cocktail, garnished with a cherry blossom. “I presented it to Sofia Coppola at the Hemingway Bar and she named it.”

The St. Regis Houston
“When I started bartending 35 years ago, it seems like nobody ordered an old-fashioned,” says Harry Spitzer of The St. Regis Houston’s Remington Bar. “Now it’s one of our most popular drinks.”

How to order like an oil man: “Bourbon, two fingers; martini, shaken, ice-cold; women, blonde. An oil woman orders her wine dry and crisp, her filet medium-rare, and her handsome men young.”

The Savoy in London
The coolest traveler we know: bartender Erik Lorincz, who once packed an ice block in his suitcase for a cocktail competition in Kentucky (he won). Watch him hand-chip cubes at The Savoy’s American Bar in London.

You’ll have: A Corpse Reviver No. 2, Lorincz’s favorite from The Savoy Cocktail Book –ask to (carefully) browse the original 1930 edition they keep behind the bar.

How about you?
For instance, at Huka Lodge’s daily mix-your-own cocktail hour on New Zealand’s North Island. Because who knows better what you like and how strong to make it?

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