We’re kicking off 2019 with our first international #BarNone feature! This year you can look forward to more highlights from our community of mixologists around the world🌏 The #BarNone series highlights bartenders, mixologists, and creators from the bar top to the home kitchen. We traveled to Paris, France to link up with the talented Éric Sabloniere (@ericsabloniere), the current bar manager at Les Bains PARIS (@lesbainsparis) 🇫🇷 #ScrappysInternationale
Read more about his story below.
1. Tell us who you are, where you’re from, etc.
“I’m Éric Sabloniere, a Paris based French-Swiss bartender born in the south of France (Montpellier) where I stayed until I turned 16, I then moved to London & Switzerland to finish my studies.
I was lucky enough to have been brought up in a family where food & drinks were “religion”.
I always worked in the hospitality industry in restaurant, hotels and started bartending 6 years ago in a typical French brasserie, 2 years later I entered the experimental group and started bartending at the Fish Club, did the opening of the Night Flight & Grand Pigalle then Moved to the Prescription Cocktail Club (where I met Kia & Miles) until being approached by Les Bains to become their new bar manager.
2. What’s your bartender story? How did you get into it?
Bartending for me is the perfect mix of being able to craft something as you would in a kitchen and having the ability to exchange with the customer as a waiter.
3. What’s your favorite cocktail to serve and why? How do you usually match a cocktail to a person or setting?
I’d say I don’t have a favorite cocktail as I believe there is a drink for every occasion & mood. I try to respect seasonality as much as I can. (ex: no strawberries in winter technically.) I also like to match cocktails with occasions/moments. I do love an Adonis with Scrappy’s Orange & Aromatic Bitters.
4. Why do you use Scrappy’s in your cocktails? Has Scrappy’s improved the drinks you make? Favorite Scrappy’s Flavor?
Scrappy’s is the flavor of the ingredient(s) written on the bottle, it tastes natural. When you say orange, it is an orange, same with chocolate, etc. You taste it without anything else that doesn’t belong on your taste buds. I was lucky enough to have my first bar manager who was using Scrappy’s, from there it made sense for me to stick to it as I could enhance the drinks I would craft for my clientele. (So it’s a yes Scrappy’s improved my drinks!). My first love was chocolate, I love orange, aromatic, grapefruit but I’ve been very hooked on Black Lemon for a while now.
5. What’s your idea of the perfect drink (location, circumstance etc)?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Best/perfect drink? Tricky question, I’ve had the chance to taste some fantastic cocktails but now probably “La Mondaine” – a vintage Bas Armagnac 98 & Metaxa based sort of old fashioned with Italian vermouth, some sherry, fresh orange muddled and Scrappy’s Aromatic indeed!
3 dashes of Scrappy’s Grapefruit Bitters
1 Pinch of Salt
7 Mint Leaves
15 ml Simple Syrup
25 ml Lemon Juice
10 ml Liquore Delle Sirene
20 ml Mezcal Koch (Espadin)
30 ml Otto’s Vermouth
Shake & double strain in double rocks.
crushed ice, mint sprig & dehydrated lemon to garnish!
Posted: Friday, March 22nd, 2019 at 12:25 am