Five Of The Most Famous Mixologists


Mixologist History

Here’s a quick look at five of our favourite and most famous mixologists the world has ever known – a must read for the cocktail connoisseur or any aspiring flair bartenders!

Famous Mixologists And Their A Signature Inventions

If you’ve ever wondered who we have to thank for creating or improving the delicious, classic cocktails we all enjoy so much, it’s time to raise a glass to the most famous mixologists in the world and the acclaimed drinks they created. After all, without these pioneers and artists, we’d all be stuck drinking far less exciting beverages!

Ada Coleman – Breaking Down Mixology Barriers

 In a time when it was almost unheard of for a woman to hold a position as head bartender, Ada Coleman rose to the top of the pile and became the head bartender at The Savoy in London (one of only two women to ever hold that position).

Her natural talent for creating beautiful and unusual cocktails led to her developing the delicious Hanky Panky – a mixture of gin, vermouth and Fernet Branca that’s still going strong today.

Dale DeGroff – King of Cocktails

As perhaps the most famous mixologist of all time, Dale DeGroff wears his title of ‘King of the Cocktails’ well.

Instead of inventing cocktails, DeGroff was the master of adapting and improving them – it’s been said that he had the power to improve any classic cocktail with his incredible palette and gift for fantastic flavour combinations.

Dick Bradsell – Friendly, Fresh Ideas

Dick Bradsell was one of the most prolific creators of cocktails the world has ever seen. During his long and illustrious career as a mixologist, Dick was responsible for introducing such classics as the Espresso Martini, The Treacle and The Bramble, among many others.

He believed in using the freshest of ingredients, plenty of ice and the art of being as hospitable as a bartender as he was skilled – a legacy that changed the London bar scene forever.

Harry Craddock

Mixologist extraordinaire, Harry Craddock, was as much American as British, having served his bartending apprenticeship in America and taken citizenship in 1016.

Prohibition, however, sent him packing back to The Savoy in London, where he rose to the top and became the head bartender at the American Bar – high society’s finest establishment. It’s here that he developed the famous Corpse Reviver #2 and began collating his cocktail bible, the Savoy Cocktail Book – recognised as the most influential book on mixology ever written.

Colin Peter Field

Rugby in the West Midlands seems like an unlikely place for the best bartender in the world to have been born, but that’s the title often bestowed on Colin Peter Field. Being head bartender of the finest bar in the world – the Hemingway Bar of the Hôtel Ritz Paris – takes a certain type of personality and drive, but Colin has proven to be up to the task and has invented some wonderful cocktails during his tenure.

As well as the spectacular Picasso Martini which involves a frozen ice cube of dry vermouth, he’s also the creator of the most expensive cocktail ever – the Ritz Sidecar, which went for a staggering €1,500 in 2017!

Of course, you don’t need to have your drinks mixed by any of these famous mixologists to enjoy a cocktail – any of our skilled mixologists will do a fantastic job for you too, and may even end up earning this accolade themselves one day!

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James Abbott

James Abbott is a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record over thirteen years within the hospitality industry, ten of these as a professional flair bartender. James is the pioneer and founder of Mix and Twist and with the help of his team have expanded Mix and Twist into one of the UK’s leading mobile bar companies, serving major corporate clients as well as premium private parties and wedding events. James' interests outside his passion for being an entrepreneur is his family, his favourite charity which he is dedicated to supporting is Barnados. Connect with James on social media.

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