Amanda is a bartender at Pas de Loup, Paris. She shows us 2 cocktails, one bourbon based and the other one is vouvray and Noilly Prat based
Amanda introduce yourself
I’m Amanda Boucher, I work in Pas de Loup as a bartender. I love what I do. I started working in cocktail bars as a waitress, and have been a bartender for the last five years. I am a creative person and loved the passion and the craft the bartenders had. I wanted to do it and as soon I got behind the bar and made my own creation I fell in love.
The classic you want to show us
2 bar spoons of powder sugar
60 ml of bourbon four roses small batch
30 ml of lime
Top with soda
The bar or party you dream of
It’s all about the ambiance, walking into a bar and feeling like I am at home. I can come with 15 friends or by myself and the experience is the same. Basically that’s it.
The spirit you like the most
I don’t have a favourite spirit to work with. I like the fact I can have a favourite spirit for three months and then I move to another. My one fall back spirit is whisky or bourbon, it’s my roots, I am American.
What makes a good cocktail and which product do you want to highlight at this moment
A good cocktail is balanced, for me that’s it.
The product I am really enjoying working with at the moment are the roots. And the product I have been playing around with the most is Rakomelo. It is a grape pomace base with cinnamon, cloves and sweetened with honey. It’s very festive for winter and reminds me of mulled wine. I ‘ve been playing with it a lot and I really enjoy it.
The signature cocktail you want to show us
45ml of Noilly prat infuse with tarragon
45ml of organic vouvray
2 spray of strega
2 dashes of vieux pontarlier (absinthe)
Where do you think we need to go to interview another bartender?
Chris Edwards at Hidden Bar ibiza. It’s on the beach complete with killer atmosphere, mini golf and the best banana daiquiri I have ever had. In Paris, Joseph Akhavan is opening Mabel bar and I am really interested to see what he will do.