Holly Law - Mixologist Of The Month
- Date of Birth: 4th September
- Height: 2 inches taller than Danny Devito
- Birthplace: Petersfield
- Eye colour: Blue
- Nationality: English
"I started out in a quaint country pub in West Sussex before moving to Beaconsfield and working in a hotel bar called Crazy Bear. Once plucking up the courage to move to the big smoke I started out at London Cocktail club, Goodge Street (the best one) After learning copious amounts about bartending and how to party like it was 1999 pretty much every night. I then had the pleasure to be apart of the opening team for Murder Inc, and I havent looked back since."
List of your awards, accolades, trophies.
I once won a fancy dress competition when I dressed up as Beauty AND the Beast. Yah, you read that right.
Your claim to fame?
Len Goodman hosted a dance competition I competed at, my number was 50 so every time I got through a round he was like “NUMBER FIVE O FIFTY, my favourite” I then won that competition, don’t know if he had anything to do with it, but I enjoyed the attention from him.
Q & A
What do you as a mixologist think about beer? Any brews of note for you?
Not gonna lie, I do love a pint. I do like going into local shops and finding cool IPA’s in funky cans, usually, they aren’t the nicest but I do like the cans.
If you could offer a couple of short pieces of advice to the average bartender, what would they be?
Don’t be arrogant, we know that you know about bartending… but no one really wants to hear about it.
Surely you have some pet peeves about bartenders -- care to share?
Sitting in someone else’s bar and critiquing the bartender, I once got told that I needed to shake for 1 second longer for perfect dilution SERIOUSLY? WHO ARE YOU?
How did you get started?
In a country pub as a KP!
How were you trained in bartending?
I did EBS in Barcelona, but I did the majority of my learning at my first bartending job and then a very large chunk at LCC.
Did you take any courses?
EBS and I also did an NVQ in hospitality and management.
What are some trends you're seeing in the market?
Bottle cocktails! But that’s obviously to do with covid. But I love that bars have adapted to the circumstances and still been able to thrive.
What's your process for creating a new cocktail? And what inspired you in the first place?
I like to have a solid concept first and go from there and see what flavours complement the base ingredient. Making a cocktail isn’t just about what tastes good, it’s about creativity and a well thought out idea. Otherwise it's just ingredients in a glass rather than liquid artwork (lol I said that) which in the end is what we should be aiming for. So I like to spend time on my drinks, so once it’s finished I am content that it is perfect.
What is your favourite cocktail To make?
A White lady, it’s vital that you try every cocktail that you send out. And I really enjoy trying a White Lady.
What are some of your favourite tools?
A sharp knife, nothing better than beautifully cut garnishes and perfectly cut ice.
What is your favourite mixology resource?
Andy Mil. That man's brain works in ways you could never believe. If you ever have a question about bartending he will most definitely have an answer, without being super wanky about it.
What does success mean for you?
Having a very large wine cellar filled with wine I’ve collected over the years.
What are some current trends you’ve seen in the cocktail market?
Tons of Lacto fermenting, thanks to Luke Condell for Lacto fermenting almost anything in sight. But it's also a really easy way to manipulate flavour and create something delicious. And it’s super easy to do!
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully on a beach with a Pina Colada in hand living my best life.
If you weren't in the drinks industry, what do you think you would be doing now?
A Disney princess, reckon I’d be a good Aurora… love a good nap.
Your biggest career influencer?
Andy Mil, Elliot Ball & Olly Brading they have collectively taught me so much, and the learning never seems to end. I’m a very lucky gal to have these 3 as my mentors.
First drink you ever tried?
I went out for a Chinese with some friends and their mums… my mum got a little tipsy and offered me a glass of wine (I was 8) so I stood up and downed the whole glass. The faces of the other mums were priceless, my mum quickly realised I was my mother’s daughter and that she was going to have her hands full.
We've all had a bad experience with at least one drink. What drink do you most avoid?
Ha. Bourbon. Drank a whole bottle of David Nicholson (50 proof) in one sitting and thought it would be a great idea to shave off my eyebrows. Bourbon just hasn’t tasted the same since then.
Your hangover cure?
Kopperberg! downing one of those in the morning sorts you right out! you get cold sugary goodness with just a touch of alcohol to top you up and fix you right up for the day.
£10m comes to you. What do you do next?
Jump on a plane and never look back.
Bar or cellar at home?
Cellar, hands down. One below my kitchen with a small table where I could just sit and drink and forget about the world upstairs.
I love Hop house, but if I were to order a pint in a pub it would definitely be a Guinness.
The bubbly kind.
I’m not just saying this because I work for the company, but Cocktail Trading Co.
It was the first cocktail bar I went too when I first moved to London so it holds a special place in my heart.
I love Big easy, purely because I love lobster and it's acceptable for you to wear a bib.
Barcelona. A city… with a beach?!?! What more could you want?
Death Proof- Tarantino.
The Hundred-year-old man that climbed out his window and disappeared.
Amy Winehouse, Back to Black.
Lizzo, she is inspiring. Not only an incredible singer/rapper she’s also a massive figurehead for the self-care movement and the wellbeing of people's mental and physical health. She has unapologetic self-confidence which radiates to so many. She made me more confident and helped me to learn to love myself.
The Offspring, I grew up listening to the offspring and seem to love them more and more each day.