World's Greatest Hotel Bartenders

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Courtesy of The Opposite House

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.

 

Milan SekulicBeijing

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Hotel: The Opposite House

Bar: Punk and Mesh

Twenty-four-year-old Australian Milan Sekmulic is a liquor world wunderkind, who nabbed his first job in an Italian restaurant back home in Canberra at the age of 15 and was managing the bar there a year later. He went on to win his first cocktail-making contest at the age of 21, and was headhunted to open the splashy new bars at one of Beijing’s new boutique hotels, The Opposite House, in 2008. He’s known for his exotic recipes—leaning heavily on gin—as well as his witty cocktail names, like Herbie Goes to Detox and One Handed Lover.

Signature Cocktail: Apple & Ginger Aviation

  • 3 thin slices of ginger
  • 1/4 green apple
  • 2 oz. Tanqueray Gin
  • 1/2 oz. apple juice
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz. violet syrup
  • 1/4 oz. sugar syrup

Muddle fresh ingredients in shaker, then add remaining ingredients. Shake heavily and double strain. Serve in a martini glass and garnish with pickled ginger.

World's Greatest Hotel Bartenders

 

World's Greatest Hotel Bartenders

Milan SekulicBeijing

 

Hotel: The Opposite House

Bar: Punk and Mesh

Twenty-four-year-old Australian Milan Sekmulic is a liquor world wunderkind, who nabbed his first job in an Italian restaurant back home in Canberra at the age of 15 and was managing the bar there a year later. He went on to win his first cocktail-making contest at the age of 21, and was headhunted to open the splashy new bars at one of Beijing’s new boutique hotels, The Opposite House, in 2008. He’s known for his exotic recipes—leaning heavily on gin—as well as his witty cocktail names, like Herbie Goes to Detox and One Handed Lover.

Signature Cocktail: Apple & Ginger Aviation

  • 3 thin slices of ginger
  • 1/4 green apple
  • 2 oz. Tanqueray Gin
  • 1/2 oz. apple juice
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz. violet syrup
  • 1/4 oz. sugar syrup

Muddle fresh ingredients in shaker, then add remaining ingredients. Shake heavily and double strain. Serve in a martini glass and garnish with pickled ginger.

World's Greatest Hotel Bartenders

 

Courtesy of The Opposite House
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