Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s
Adam Elmegirab left his mark on the cocktail world when in 2009, after 18 months of research, he reformulated Boker's Bitters a century after they had disappeared. The passing of both Johann Gottlieb Boker and his son-in-law Louis Funke Jr., original custodians of the Boker's brand, coupled with the ravages of Prohibition and the Pure Food & Drug act of 1906, meant that one of the finest bitters of the first Golden Age of the cocktail were lost to the sands of time.
Originally released in 1828 Boker's Bitters gained fame as the favoured choice of Professor Jerry Thomas, author of the world's first cocktail guide, 'How to Mix Drinks or The Bon Vivant's Companion' printed in 1862. Following the closure of the company and the scarcity of discovering bottles, Boker's became a Holy Grail for bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts, so it's easy to understand how news of Elmegirab's reformulation swiftly garnered global acclaim.
Starting his career in the drinks industry as a bartender toward the end of 2001, Adam spent the next decade working for and with a host of bars in Aberdeen, and around Scotland, where the potential to grow cocktail culture in his hometown superseded proposed moves to Edinburgh, London and New Orleans. Bartending provided the perfect arena to pursue his passion for food, drink and travel, heavily influenced by his upbringing and mixed background with Scottish, Libyan and Italian roots.
Consultancy, training and events work which went hand-in-hand with his primary role as a bartender, first made the industry sit up and take notice before an unheralded run of local, national and international cocktail competition successes covering a three year period firmly put his name on the map. During this period Adam was also busy working on The Jerry Thomas Project, recreating all the drinks from Professor Thomas' seminal tome. It was this venture which conceived the reformulation of Boker's Bitters, and later the Dr. Adam Elmegirab's brand.
When not shocking his palate with intensely bitter liquid, Adam travels extensively, writes for a number of drinks media publications, is an international judge for Tales of the Cocktail's Spirited Awards, an academy member for Drink International's World's 50 Best Bars awards, preaches the virtues of the power of collaboration as seen with his work alongside the World's Best Cocktail Bar, The Dead Rabbit, and brands such as Belvedere Vodka, Caorunn Gin and Black Bottle Whisky, and regularly presents seminars and tastings at national and international cocktail events.