Jacob Van Hemessen : Blind Pig (London)


Jacob is a bartender from Blind Pig in London. He shows us 2 cocktails, one is cognac based and the other one gin based

Jacob introduce yourself
My name is Jacob Van Hemessen and I started bartending 4 years ago, pulling beers in dive bars in Canada. Slowly I discovered cocktails and fell in love with the whole industry. There is not as big a cocktail scene in Canada as there is in London, so ended up here, got lucky with this job and now i’m at the Blind Pig in London.

The classic you want to show us
Sazerac twist
35ml of Martel VSOP
15ml of Balcones Brimstone whisky
20ml of Cocchi vermouth di Torino
5ml of sugar syrup
2 dashes of peychaud bitters
2 dashes of orange bitters

The bar or party you dream of
It’s all about atmosphere, humble and unpretentious. But I like anything from the glitz and glamour of Artesian to The Portobello Star, which is really laid back.

The spirit you like the most
Right now it’s whisky, especially scotch whisky. The more my palette has refined, the more I appreciate it.

What makes a good cocktail and which product do you want to highlight at this moment
Balance and intent.
The product I want to highlight is probably hops. Because it’s not really used for anything other than beer, but it has a lot of interesting floral, spicy and citrus notes to it, that i really, really like. The way you can play around with that in cocktails, I think is really cool.

The signature cocktail you want to show us
Pursuit of Hoppiness
35ml of Moonshine Kid Gin
25ml of lemon juice
15ml of grapefruit sorbet
A splash of india pale ale

Where do you think we need to go to interview another bartender?
Guillermo González and Laura from Hiding in Plain Sight in Amsterdam. The bar is really, really cool and they’re doing a lot of cool stuff there.

See you next Monday the 17th of November to discover another bartender


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