Have You Met Ben?
Where did you grow up?
Suffolk, my family has lived here for 20 years and I was a pupil at the nearby Old Buckenham Hall School in Brettenham.
How did you get into the industry?
Honestly, completely by accident! While travelling in India my friend and I met a woman on a beach in Goa who was opening a restaurant in Sydney - our final destination. Knowing we'd probably have exhausted our travel funds by that point we asked for a job when we arrived and it kind of went from there!
What do you love about cocktails?
Alcohol plus deliciousness - Next question! All jokes aside, I love the versatility of cocktails. Everyone has their
own personal preference but there really is a cocktail for everyone!
What's your favourite cocktail and why?
Any gin based cocktail will see my pupils dilate. I'm not sure if it has a specific name, but I've come across similar recipes
called Sicilian Nights or London Calling. Here's my version though, let's call it a Suffolk Sundown! It's dangerously
refreshing and perfect for Summer!
1 part premium gin (I love 4 pillars as it reminds me of travelling in Australia)
1 part blood orange liqueur (Solerno or Blood Orange Cointreau)
Add to crushed Ice and top with grapefruit soda.
Garnish with a sprig of mint or basil.
How did you choose the cocktails for the list?
I have a bit of a sweet tooth and most of the cocktails are inspired by desserts I like. I enjoy cooking so when I find a
flavour combination I like I'll always try to replicate it in a cocktail! I also wanted a refreshing line up for the
Summer. Like a true Brit I'm always hopeful and naively expectant of an 'Indian Summer' so fingers crossed we can all
enjoy these cocktails for a while longer!