World's Greatest Hotel Bartenders
Hotel: The Plaza Athénée
Bar: Le Bar du Plaza Athénée
Paris-born-and-trained Hernandez (who was working at the storied George V hotel soon after his 16th birthday) is one of the gurus of molecular mixology. He shot to fame 10 years ago with his playful tweaks on classics—geléed cocktails served on glass plates with wooden skewers, canapé-style—as well as more space-age touches, including drinks served with flavored atomizers whose mist should be spritzed mid-gulp to provide the final garnish.
Signature Cocktail: Black Mojito
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon white crystal sugar
- 1 fresh lime
- 6 fresh blackberries
- 1 oz. Blavod vodka
- 1/2 oz. blackberry liqueur
- 1/2 oz. lemon juice
- 1 oz. soda water
Muddle fresh mint, sugar, lime, and blackberries in glass. Add the Blavod and stir, then add six ice cubes and stir. Fill glass with soda water and stir again. Pour in highball glass, garnish with fresh mint and slice of lime, and serve.