Mixologist of the Month - Alex Kammerling
- Date of Birth: 16th July 1975
- Birth place: Chertsey
- Height: 6'2"
- Eye colour: Brown
- Nationality: British
Alex Kammerling has been working within the drinks industry from Sydney to Hong Kong for 15 years.
For the last 8 years Alex has been running his own drinks consultancy, working with leading brands such as Grey Goose, Courvoisier, Campari, Schweppes and Martin Millers.
He has trained hundreds of bartenders on spirits, cocktails and service skills, spoken at Bar Shows in London, Hong Kong and Sydney, managed events for thousands of people and invented numerous contemporary classic cocktails. In his time as a bartender he has made drinks for celebrities such as Kevin Spacey, Mick Jagger, Robert De Niro and Liz Hurley.
Alex has also been writing for leading drinks industry magazine, Class, for over 8 years and regularly writes for publications such as Square Meal and Wine & Spirit magazine.
In 2004 his own cocktail book, entitled 'Blend Me, Shake Me', was published by BBC books.
Currently, Alex is the brand Ambassador for Grey Goose vodka. He is 32 and lives in North London.
Alex's signature cocktails
Awards, Accolades and Trophies
2002 - Best Long Drink - Drinks International Cocktail Challenge.
1999 - 1st Prize Chartreuse cocktails competition.
1997 - 1st Prize Becherovka cocktail competition.
One of Theme Magazine's Top 100.
Included in the Maxxium Yearbook 2007.
One of the Observer/Courvoisier Future 500.
Q & A
What do you as a mixologist think about beer? Any brews of note for you?
If you could offer a couple of short pieces of advice to the average bartender, what would they be?
When you stop liking people, stop working behind a bar.
Surely you have some pet peeves about bartenders -- care to share?
Don't take it so seriously - you are not changing the world!
How did you get started?
I went to art college.
How were you trained in bartending?
I wasn't. I learnt on the job.
Did you take any courses?
Only a degree in three dimensional design, but that probably didn't go towards furthering my bartending career!
What's your process for creating a new cocktail?
I start with the spirit and try to pick out specific qualities and use other ingredients to bring out the personality of the particular spirit.
What is your favorite cocktail to drink?
I don't have a favourite and like to drink different drinks at different times and for different reasons.
What are some of your favorite tools?
I love my new Parisian two piece cocktail shaker - you can make about 10 cocktails in it at a time.
What is your favorite mixology resource?
The cocktail database is great - www.cocktaildb.com
What does success mean for you?
A person enjoying one of my drinks.
What is your favorite drink to make?
I like making any drinks if people appreciate them.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I am never very good at predicting the future!
If you weren't in the drinks industry, what do you think you would be doing now?
I would be making sculptures.
Your hangover cure?
A Fry up.
Your biggest career influencer?
First drink you ever tried?
Pernod and Blackcurrant - it put me off pastis for life!
We've all had a bad experience with at least one drink. What drink do you most avoid?
Can't say that I am particularly attracted to Midori.
£10m comes to you. What do you do next?
Build my own house by the sea.
Bar or cellar at home?
I am partial to a drop of Blue Nun now and again.
Grey Goose vodka. Obviously.
Too many favourites to mention.