What do a French Chef, an Austrian Bartender, an Italian Restaurateur and English Bartender have in common? Well, they all contributed to elevate London as one of most important cities in the world for the cocktail culture. I am Luca Rapetti, bar historian, and I would like to take you on a masterclass journey, through an under-appreciated part of our shared culture.
This masterclass is for bar professionals and beverage aficionados of all levels, and is produced by the UKBG to celebrate and share our history – and how our bar culture was shaped and defined by globe-trotting, working-class folk.
Our journey through the Golden Age of Bartending in London starts in the middle of 19th century with the dawn of then Victorian Era, straight through to the dawn of the second World War, and will cover the key people that defined and raised the role of bartender, creating the first ever cocktails. We will finish where the UKBG’s history begins – our founding!
But who are these names? What are the drinks and recipes that made them famous? And how can our deep and rich past, help inform a dynamic and sustainable future? Register for our free masterclass, the Golden Age of Bartending a journey across 100 years of history of London, and learn how our old dogs can teach us some new tricks.
As well as covering the history – I’ll also be covering the flavours and trends of the era. If you’d like to ‘mix-along’ with me on the day, try and procure the following ingredients as best you can: Old Tom Gin, Maraschino, Amaretto, Absinthe, London Dry Gin, Vermouth Dry, Cointreau, Grenadine, Creme de Banane, Simple Syrup, Lemon Juice, Mandarin Juice.
I look forward to seeing you all there!
Luca Rapetti, the UK Bartender Guild’s Curator. Passionate about history and always looking to find new additions for his Vintage cocktail book collection, in 2014 Luca moved to London from Italy to continue his hospitality journey; taking him to prestigious hotels such as Ritz, The Lanesborough, Brown’s Hotel and L’oscar London. Currently Assistant Bar Manager at Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard, in charge of the beverage program for Gong Bar, the highest cocktail bar in Western Europe.
Since 2015 he has contributed as columnist for BarTales, Italian bartending magazine, focusing on bartending history and classic cocktail research. In recent years he is on judging panel for London Spirit Competition.