I often say choosing a favourite gin is like choosing between my children (which is why I don't have any).
What's your desert island gin & why?
I have many different favourite bars depending on the occasion.
What's your favourite venue for:
A. A Dry Martini & Date Night?
B. A Red Snapper & Brunch?
C. Gin & a party?
B. Absolutely not, anything with tomato juice is a big no.
Which drinks professionals have inspired you & how?
So many! Andrea Montague inspired me to sign up to Jub Jub club in its time which opened up to me a world of masterclasses. Sean Ware's Callooh Callay breakfast cocktail menu opened my eyes to the fun to be had in drinks creation. Colin Dunn's showmanship inspired me in my role as product trainer. And since then an endless parade of talented, passionate, supportive people from other brands, bars and of course at Berry Bros & Rudd, who took a chance on me.
Do you have a favourite Gin Botanical? (Yes. Really.)
I do love pink grapefruit, as a botanical and a garnish.
If you were a gin or a gin cocktail which would you be and why?
Angus Winchester says olives are the devil's testicles. Thoughts?
Agreed, the big juicy green 'queen' olives i can just about do but keep them out my drink.
Which gin has your favourite packaging?
Do you have a preferred tonic?
What's your favourite trade event?
What's your favourite food to pair with gin?
How did you get into the Gin industry?
What do you love most about your job?
The people - who I train in bars and who create amazing drinks, who I present to and who chose to learn, and drink less but better, my team who have supported my ideas along the way.
And the worst bits?
The travel - you think its glamorous staying in hotels, eating out, but after weeks on the road I just want to get back to my flat and home cooked food.
If you could share a martini with anyone who would it be?
Do you have any recommended reads for gin lovers?
What are your Gin goals?
What advice do you have for aspiring Gin professionals?
Learn from everyone you can and be persistent if this is your passion.
What's your pet Gin industry hate?
Gin that does not taste predominantly of juniper!
If you aren't drinking Gin what is your tipple?
What's going to be the next big gin trend?
(Unfortunately) probably crazier and crazier flavours.
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