World's Greatest Hotel Bartenders

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Frequent flier Jonah Disend, 37, CEO of New York-based company Redscout, travels so often that the only bars he has time to check out are the ones in hotels. That’s not a bad thing, since barkeeps in lobby annexes aren’t fusty lifers anymore. In fact, they’re often a hotel’s secret weapon in attracting discerning guests like Disend.

 

John LermayerMiami

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Hotel: The Delano

Bar: The Florida Room

Now reigning over the retro, Cuba-inspired basement den designed by Lenny Kravitz, 27-year veteran Lermayer was first lured to Miami from New York’s Hamptons with the chance to run the bar behind much-mourned nightclub Groove Jet. He’s a whiskey-loving standout who snagged first place in the Bar Chef Challenge at 2008’s Tales of the Cocktail (mixologists’ booze-sodden answer to the Olympics).

 

Signature Cocktail: Jackie Rose

  • 1 1/2 oz. Jack Daniels
  • 1 oz. rosemary simple
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 2 dash maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz. apple cider

Shake, strain over ice into cut-crystal rocks glass, garnish with rosemary sprig and Amareno cherry, and serve.

World's Greatest Hotel Bartenders

 

 

 

 

World's Greatest Hotel Bartenders

John LermayerMiami

 

Hotel: The Delano

Bar: The Florida Room

Now reigning over the retro, Cuba-inspired basement den designed by Lenny Kravitz, 27-year veteran Lermayer was first lured to Miami from New York’s Hamptons with the chance to run the bar behind much-mourned nightclub Groove Jet. He’s a whiskey-loving standout who snagged first place in the Bar Chef Challenge at 2008’s Tales of the Cocktail (mixologists’ booze-sodden answer to the Olympics).

 

Signature Cocktail: Jackie Rose

  • 1 1/2 oz. Jack Daniels
  • 1 oz. rosemary simple
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 2 dash maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz. apple cider

Shake, strain over ice into cut-crystal rocks glass, garnish with rosemary sprig and Amareno cherry, and serve.

World's Greatest Hotel Bartenders

 

 

 

 

Seth Browarnik/Red Eye Productions
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