Téva is a bartender at Reverend JW Simpson, London. He shows us 2 cocktails, one amarito based and the other one is rum based
Téva introduce yourself
Hi I’m Téva, and I’m a bartender at Reverend JW Simpson, London. I moved to London on a whim, then I needed to find a job quickly, so I found one as a bar back. I loved learning on the ground on a daily basis. Step by step I began to work behind the bar and that’s it. What I love with cocktails, is that you try to provide what people like and what they want. So I prefer when people order off the menu and explain to me what they are looking for, what they like or don’t like and what’s their mood at the moment. That’s a real challenge and that’s what I like.
The classic you want to show us
Amarito Sour (Twist of Amaretto sour)
45ml of Amarito
25ml of lime
15ml of blackberry cream
1 egg white
The bar or party you dream of
A cosy bar like home, no show offs and with a good feeling. Bartenders are like friends, so a friendly place where you enjoy good cocktails. The music would be vintage, a mix between rock and blues and kind of jazzy. When I party I can go to the same kind of bar, but I prefer to go in mexican or cuban places, even sometimes more electro like a club. It’s always changes so I can discover new places.
The spirit you like the most
My favorite spirit is rum. When I arrived, they made me try Diplomatico rum and I fell in love with it. When I party, now I drink only rum. I like the sweet taste, similar to the one we just got here… banks rum 7.
Which product do you want to highlight at this moment
What I want to highlight is like my baby for the last few months, it’s the lapsang souchong tea. The smokey taste is amazing and the aftertaste which stays in your mouth, has an even stronger smokey flavour.
The signature cocktail you want to show us
Seven smoking islands
35ml of banks rum 7
45ml of lapsang souchong home made syrup
15ml of lime
15ml of cointreau
Where do you think we need to go to interview another bartender?
In London you have to go to Kentish Town to Knowhere Special. It’s a wonderful bar and Ash the owner is a real artist.
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