IN THE SPIRIT: FEATURING MARK RAMOS
I'm an artist first and a bar tender second, but I've managed to find a happy balance between the two. I've learned how to put my art into bar tending.
My favorite recipe I've come up with is probably "Dessert Session". Using Mezcal & tequila as well as lemon juice, AJC's Harriet Peacher Stowe, & Blueberry Finn plus 1 jalapeño. It's a nice balance of sweet, tart, spicy and smokey. I always feel like Mezcal blends well with something sweet due to its type of smoke. It's earthy, it's woody, it's Mezcal and that flavor is going to stand out. So my goal with working with a spirit like that is to find perfect balance in the unique flavor of Mezcal.
Inspiration for my drinks come from anything that I'm around or have been around. From a nostalgic flavor or scent. To a new song, even from the knowledge I get while reading about spirits.
My favorite bar right now is "The Archer" it's located in Downtown jersey city. The bar itself is gorgeous from its rustic thick cut wood setting. They do some amazing things with their cocktails. Plus the overall experience is amazing from doorman remembering my face to the hospitality shown to me from the owners.
It's not rocket science it's bar chefing, just have fun with the flavors and always try to strive for balance no matter how simple or complex the drink is, and never ever forgot...have fun with it!
Stop by Amami Japanese cocktail bar in Greenpoint Brooklyn and ask for Mark and let me make you something you'll never forget!