“I drink to your health when I am with you / I drink to your health when I am alone / I drink to your health so often / I am starting to worry about my own”
Bartending is very easy to do badly and very difcult to do well. It iseasy because to a great extent Bartenders are standing on the shoul-ders of Giants with hundreds of years of distilling that creates greatliquids to use and decades of bars and bartenders means that many of the greatest drinks have already been invented and are simple to re-produce. It is hard because despite HL Menken calculating that thereare nearly 17 billion cocktails the ability to create drinks that willstand the test of time is truly an act of genius.This month we wanted to Homage some of those bartenders we feelhave created fantastic drinks. From the pioneering lady mixologistAda Coleman to the haughty English brilliance of Dick Bradsell wehave searched the archives and consulted our own memories to bringyou a dozen liquid masterpieces from around the world.We offer these up to the great god Cocktail and to you, dear reader inorder that we can showcase the sublime, tantalise your tastebuds andperhaps motivate or own mixologists to conjure up their own cocktailcreations for future drinker and menus alike.