If you ever get the chance, hop on a bar stool to watch world-renowned bartender Erik Lorincz. He works wonders with a cocktail shaker. A splash of this, a dash of that and ta dah! It all looks so easy. And yet, creating cocktails takes time and imagination. The expert mixologist from Slovakia claims to know the recipe for nearly 400 drinks. Maybe we should put him to the test next time he invites us over for a drink.
If you ever get the chance, hop on a bar stool to watch world-renowned bartender Erik Lorincz in action. The expert mixologist from Slovakia claims to know the recipe for nearly 400 drinks. Maybe we should put him to the test next time he invites us over?
Where do you get your inspiration from when creating a cocktail?
Mostly while travelling. I spend a lot of time eating and drinking around the world in fine bars and restaurants. I am always trying to find ideas in things that already exist to create something brand new.
Do you have a ritual?
A morning one! For the last three years, I’ve been taking cold showers regardless of the weather and the time of year.
If you were a cocktail, what would you be?
A Dry Martini: simple, classy and tasty.
What is the most fun thing about working in the world’s most exclusive cocktail bars like the Savoy?
I think it’s the fact that I never know who is going to be sitting in front of me. I’ve met some very interesting guests.
The most unexpected drink a client has requested?
A very rare spirit I once showed to one of my regular guests. He loved it so much that one day he bought the whole bottle. He wanted us to deliver it to South Africa. We decided to do it James Bond-style: we bought an airplane ticket and sent one of our bartenders to deliver it in person.
What is the easiest cocktail to make at home?
A Negroni: 1 part gin, 1 part sweet vermouth, 1 part Campari, on the rocks with slice of orange.
A favourite ingredient?
How would you define the ‘Art of hosting’?
To make your guests remember the evening they spend with you.
Hosting is your every day job. Do you often host at home as well?
I love hosting. My last party at home started with eight guests and ended up with 14. I was cooking a seven-course dinner paired with drinks and wine.
What would your ideal evening at home with friends involve?
A drink for every moment: a welcome drink, an aperitif, something between the courses with food and something after the meal.
Is there such a thing as a festive cocktail?
I think there is a cocktail for every occasion. My 2018 New Year’s Eve welcome drink at the Savoy was rum-based with verjuice, mastika and champagne syrup.
What does 2019 taste like? What are the cocktail trends you have seen?
It is sugar-free and mainly using home-produced ingredients.