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World's Greatest Hotel Bartenders

Courtesy of Creative Cocktail Consultants Corp.

Brian Van Flandern
New York City

Hotel: The Carlyle

Bar: Bemelmans Bar

Van Flandern is a rarity among barkeeps, as his background is blue-chip Michelin (he helmed the bar when Thomas Keller’s Per Se opened in New York in 2004). It wasn’t long before such flair-filled, first-class skills led the storied Bemelmans Bar to poach him and turn over its cocktail list. Known for making food-friendly cocktails, Van Flandern likes to pay special attention to ingredients; he cooks up homemade tonic water using quinine powder imported from Brazil, and even scours the Internet for rare 19th-century bitters to use in re-creating classic recipes.

Signature Cocktail: Agave Gingerita


  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz. Don Julio Blanco 100% Agave
  • 1 oz. fresh-squeezed ginger juice
  • 1/2 oz. agave nectar
  • 1/16 oz. Amaretto

Shake egg white and lime juice in Boston shaker tin until frothy. Add ice and remaining ingredients and shake vigorously again. Serve in rocks glass with candied ginger garnish.


World's Greatest Hotel Bartenders

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