#4 of 7 - Q & A
Place of Birth: In the south suburb of Paris
Co-Owner/Bartender: @lesyndicatcocktailclub, @lacommunepunchclub
Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards Nomination: Best International Cocktail Bar - Le Syndicat
KB: Where did you work before opening your own spots?
SD: Sherry Butt in Paris and Low bar in Sydney
KB: At @florencecocktailweek, you & Aris hosted an excellent Master Class highlighting the significance of sourcing locally produced spirits & other ingredients, and in fact that is the focus of your bars in Paris. Having founded the organization Syndicat des Alcools Francais to showcase and re-fresh the image of French Spirits, how special is it to have recognition and another nomination of Best International Cocktail Bar for a place focused solely on these same Spirits?
SD: It's an amazing feeling that our pair support the mission we gave ourselves in order to promote our beautiful terroir. The whole idea was to present the richness we have in France regarding alcohol, but I never thought it brought us here, 2 years in a row!
KB: Can you share with us a couple of your favorite French spirits that are so small in production that we may never see them outside of France?
SD: Cherry Plum spirit from Lorraine, it's an Eau de vie quite strong on flavor, but used wisely it brings nice fruity & floral notes! Also, Myrttei from LN Mattei, only findable in Corsica. It’s a 150yr old liqueur made out myrtle berries & the maceration of different herbs and spices.
KB: Time Out just rated Le Syndicat #1 out of 100 Paris bars and La Commune #12... In a city like Paris, with so many incredible sights to see and things to do, what do you think your bars offer that help them stand out, aside from the delicious cocktails…
SD: I believe having a concept and being surrounded by people who share the same vision make the difference. I am super grateful to the teams of both bars to believe in this journey!
KB: You are constantly asked to pull Guest Bartending shifts, including one this past week on an incredible boat… If you could share a shift for a night with any bartenders in the world (living or past) who would they be and why?