Robyn Wilkie: Edition Hotel (London)

Robyn Wilkie is the Head Bartender at

Edition Hotel, in London. She makes two cocktails for us, one with Gin and White Lillet and the second with Martini Ambrato and Barolo Chinato.

Robyn introduce yourself
I  am originally from New York City where I started bartending after university in 2012. I moved to London to study fashion PR and after graduating began working at London Cocktail Club. For three years I managed their existing sites, whilst also opening new ones. After LCC I worked at a private members club called the Library and a few different restaurants, until I started here at the Edition Hotel as head bartender. I worked in many different places, but what I like here, is that I am involved in many aspects of the hotel, like events. We also have a daily briefing so I know exactly what’s happening in the building.

The classic you want to show us
20th Century
25ml of Lillet Blanc
25ml of White Cocoa
25ml of Lemon Juice
25ml of Plymouth Gin

The bar you dream of
My dream bar would probably be a very small and dark cocktail bar in the west village of New York. I’d offer craft beer, a good selection of wines, bar snacks and the cocktail list would feature 8 to 10 classic cocktails. I would have an L shape bar with a vintage jukebox in the room, so anyone can choose the music they want and dance. Long black curtains on the windows so you don’t know what time it is, candlesticks and definitely a stuffed flamingo in the corner.

What do you do in your time off
I do yoga, watch movies and drink tea at home. Otherwise, I go to restaurants and bars with my boyfriend.

The spirit you like the most
Vodka because it’s easy to cover up the flavour. I like it when it has a creamy texture, like Elyx vodka.

What makes a good cocktail
Just the understanding of what you like and what suits youAlso a nice texture, the right temperature and proper dilution.

What ingredient do you enjoy using in cocktails
My go to is always sherry for it’s versatility and I especially like dry sherries like fino.

The signature cocktail you want to show us 
Speak No Italiano
25ml of Barolo Chinato
15ml of Martini Ambrato
10ml of Campari
25ml of Lemon Juice
10ml of Simple Syrup
5ml of Lychee Liqueur
1 Egg White

 

Where do you think we need to go to interview another bartender
One of my favourite bars in London is Satan’s Whiskers. Otherwise I’d say go to Ruby Bar in Copenhagen, as it’s really cosy.

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