World's Greatest Hotel Bartenders

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Courtesy of Orient-Express Hotels

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.

 

Roger BlaisNew Orleans

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Hotel: The Windsor Court

Bar: The Polo Club Lounge

For classic cocktails prepared to perfection, hole up at this second-floor lounge in downtown New Orleans, presided over by Roger Blais for the last 15 years. Born in Michigan, Blais is a former staffer at the fabled Studio 54 in New York; he first came to the Big Easy to work in the oil business and was then lured back to bartending. He’s a scotch and cognac buff known for exceptional skill in making iconic drinks like the Pimm’s Cup, as well as inventing new classics like his decade-old favorite, the French Kiss Martini.

Signature Cocktail: French Kiss Martini

  • 1 1/2 oz. Grey Goose Vodka
  • 1/3 oz. Cointreau
  • 1 1/2 oz. Lillet Blonde

Pour ingredients in a martini shaker over ice, shake, and strain into martini glass. Garnish with a slice of orange.

World's Greatest Hotel Bartenders

 

World's Greatest Hotel Bartenders

Roger BlaisNew Orleans

 

Hotel: The Windsor Court

Bar: The Polo Club Lounge

For classic cocktails prepared to perfection, hole up at this second-floor lounge in downtown New Orleans, presided over by Roger Blais for the last 15 years. Born in Michigan, Blais is a former staffer at the fabled Studio 54 in New York; he first came to the Big Easy to work in the oil business and was then lured back to bartending. He’s a scotch and cognac buff known for exceptional skill in making iconic drinks like the Pimm’s Cup, as well as inventing new classics like his decade-old favorite, the French Kiss Martini.

Signature Cocktail: French Kiss Martini

  • 1 1/2 oz. Grey Goose Vodka
  • 1/3 oz. Cointreau
  • 1 1/2 oz. Lillet Blonde

Pour ingredients in a martini shaker over ice, shake, and strain into martini glass. Garnish with a slice of orange.

World's Greatest Hotel Bartenders

 

Courtesy of Orient-Express Hotels
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