Mixologist of the Month - Ron Frith
- Date of Birth: 22nd October 1972
- Birth place: Hull
- Height: 6'2"
- Eye colour: Brown
- Nationality: British
Ron started bartending in 1994 at TGI Fridays and in his six years, he worked at almost all of their UK sites and assisted in the international opening of TGI's South Africa.
Ron attained the level of 'Master Bartender' in 1998 and was a bartender challenge regional, and national finalist.
After leaving Fridays, Ron opened a cocktail bar & brasserie, and after achieving numerous awards and accolades went on to run various cocktail lounges and boutique bars in hotels.
He is currently working at MIX Bar, Reading, and has been lucky enough in his career to have tended bar at many events, for backstage crews and performer parties, has written articles for several magazines and held service seminars.
Ron is currently the UK brand ambassador for Tuaca.
Ron's Signature Cocktails
Awards, Accolades and Trophies
Theme best new bar London and south
Class nominated best new bar
Flair and mixology national and European finalist
Claim To Fame
Served Bruce Willis margaritas and Jet (the Gladiator) a banana milkshake!
Q & A
What do you as a mixologist think about beer? Any brews of note for you?
Big fan of Guinness on a Sunday!
If you could offer a couple of short pieces of advice to the average bartender, what would they be?
Never underestimate the power of a smile and always clean as you go!
Surely you have some pet peeves about bartenders -- care to share?
Poorly made drinks - the most important ingredient is love, whatever you are making!
As a mixologist/consultant, you work directly with many restaurants on their drink menus -- describe the parts of this process.
What they want to achieve; is it appropriate; space and set up "under the hood" and competence level and passion of the staff.
How did you get started?
Came back from a year overseas and needed a quick buck... Started in a pub.
How were you trained in bartending?
By TGI Fridays.
Did you take any courses?
Have been on a few since!
What are some trends you're seeing in the market?
A return to 80's disco drinks and more manhattans being drunk!
What's your process for creating a new cocktail?
Complimentary taste profiles, new and exciting ingredients.
What is your favourite cocktail to drink? To make?
What are some of your favourite tools?
Seems basic but a good sharp knife and a muddler.
What is your favourite mixology resource?
My friends and colleagues.
What does success mean for you?
Living to work, not working to live.
What are some current trends you've seen in the cocktail market?
A return to classics and brand calling!
What goes into creating a cocktail? And what inspired you in the first place?
Thought and love! My inspiration was Lloyd (the bartender from "The Shining").
What is your favourite drink to make?
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Still making drinks and working nights!
If you weren't in the drinks industry, what do you think you would be doing now?
Stand up comedy or the police force.
Your hangover cure?
Thick banana milkshake and sleep!
Your biggest career influencer?
Woody from Cheers.
First drink you ever tried?
Stella Artois in Belgium!
We've all had a bad experience with at least one drink. What drink do you most avoid?
£10m comes to you. What do you do next?
Bar or cellar at home?
TUACA (of course)!
Shaun of the Dead
Highway to Hell.