Mixologist Of The Month - Erin Davies
- Date of Birth: 14th September
- Height: I’m a pretty tall human - I can reach the top shelf
- Birthplace: Worcester (like the sauce)
- Eye colour: Blue blue blue
- Nationality: British
"Starting out in my student union bar eight years ago, I did not envisage the plethora of wonderful venues I would eventually work in. From low budget aussie sports bars, through super high volume cocktail bars to high end hotel bars. Variety has been the spice of my work life. Meeting amazing people both in front of and behind the bar, I hope this wonderful experience continues for the rest of my life.
Being a bartender was a career I fell in love with wholly by accident, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I now work as the Head Bartender at Dishoom in Birmingham with a team of people who I hope to passion for creativity and hospitality as much as my mentors have to me."
Your claim to fame?
In 2019 I was Named the Class Magazine Barback of the Year.
Q & A
What do you as a mixologist think about beer? Any brews of note for you?
As Is the case with anything in the beverage world there’s good and bad. Some beers are perfect for a lovely warm summer day, some beers are so sour you could use them in place of lime juice in a Daiquiri! My favourite has to be schofferhofer grapefruit, a german wheat beer blended with grapefruit juice.
If you could offer a couple of short pieces of advice to the average bartender, what would they be?
Read as much as possible. Go for the job you think you wont get, you never know. Make sure you’re having fun.
Surely you have some pet peeves about bartenders -- care to share?
Anyone that doesn’t follow the instructions for cleaning products needs a serious talking to.
How did you get started?
Primarily through working in well regarded bars, but also taking the great opportunity for networking/getting your name out there that comes with cocktail competitions.
How were you trained in bartending?
All my basics were drilled into me when I worked for Be At One in birmingham. Everything after that has been mostly self taught along with surrounding myself with very talented people.
Did you take any courses?
What are some trends you're seeing in the market?
The Low/No movement is really picking up steam.
What is your favourite cocktail To make?
It depends on the brief I'm working with, but for the drinks I produced with Le Verger I really wanted to capture the spirit (pardon the pun) of the beverage. Once I had an idea of the product I began flavour pairing work/slotting it into some classic recipes to understand how it works with cocktails.
My favourite cocktail to make has to be a Ramos Gin Fizz, so much theatre.
What are some of your favourite tools?
A Wusthof strainer, a Mr. Slim 5/10ml increment Jigger and a tin on tin boston shaker.
What is your favourite mixology resource?
I use wikipedia more than I care to admit. Mostly in the research of brands/places/cultures/cuisines.
What does success mean for you?
Being able to build up relationships with my guests and them recommending us to a friend based on our rapport is really special to me.
What are some current trends you’ve seen in the cocktail market?
It’s the obvious one, but the current upswing in at home bottled cocktails, due to people not being able to go out.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully owning my own venue.
If you weren't in the drinks industry, what do you think you would be doing now?
I would love to do a degree in Food science. So possibly a career in that.
Your biggest career influencer?
The whole team at a bar I worked at called Nocturnal Animals, they were all so talented i couldn’t help but soak it up a bit.
First drink you ever tried?
We've all had a bad experience with at least one drink. What drink do you most avoid?
Your hangover cure?
Bloody Mary and a Bacon Sandwich.
£10m comes to you. What do you do next?
Make sure my loved ones are safe and secure. Buy a house. Go traveling. Then come home and set up a bar.
Bar or cellar at home?
Depending on my mood, Guinness or Scofferhoffer Graprfruit.
Piper Heidsieck Champagne.
Be At One.
Chakana, A peruvian restaurant in Birmingham.
A Muppets Christmas Carol.
The Name Of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.