A couple years ago I’ve met Dee Ann Quinones on Dam Square in Amsterdam. She was working as a bartender at 69 Colebrooke Row in London at the time and visited Amsterdam for the weekend. I met up with her and showed her one of my favourite Dutch spots, Wynand Fockink. This small genever and liqueur distillery has been there for ages and it includes a tasting room. Located just behind Dam Square, this time-worn bar is thé place to give the traditional Dutch kopstootje a try. A kopstootje is a small glass of genever with a draft beer on the side, which you sip with your hands behind your back. After the first sip, you are allowed to use your hands though. But enough about genever, let’s get to Dee’s Q&A!
The lady bartender I’m introducing to you in this article was introduced to me last summer in Sicily, Italy. Nicole Barker won the national finals of Disaronno The Mixing Star 2014 for the USA. The year before, I was the lucky bastard who’d won the international finals of this cocktail competition and for the 2014 edition, all winners got to get on this lovely trip to Sicily. Including the ex-global-winner, lucky little me.
That trip happened to include my birthday and Nicole and her husband made sure the spontaneous pool party wasn’t excluding a healthy dose of Disaronno cocktails. She’s a very fun bartender but also has a serious side as the President of the USBG in Reno. Let’s see what she’s all about, shall we.
The first lady bartender who I wanted to introduce to you is Grazia Di Franco. I’ve met this talented lady for the first time while I was in the south of Italy, in a place called Marina di Ravenna.
Jimmy Bertazzoli invited Timo Janse and myself to do a guestbartending shift at Mo.Wa, his caipirinha-loving cocktailbar. Grazia showed us where we could find all the ingredients, Timo and me were just playing around behind the bar while making some of our signature drinks, and Jimmy drank them all.
This part of the blog will focus on female bartenders and a competition called Speed Rack. I’ll soon explain what this competition is all about and how I’ll be trying to get this competition to the Benelux. Or maybe even Western Europe. Keep a close eye on this ‘Lady Bartenders’ category. Girls from all around