The first of 11 featured bartenders in this year’s Spirit of Art is Jake Blanch. Jake has been interested in cocktails for as long as he can remember and as soon as he hit 18 he turned his interest into his profession. Now working at the renowned Hawksmore bar in Covent Garden, Jake talks about his love of cocktails, tattoos and the Devon coast.
Leaning forward, onto the bar he says, “Swallows started it. I fell in love with classic ‘40s and ‘50s American tattoos.” A Londoner born and bred, Jake spent his childhood summers with his grandparents in Devon, where he learned to sail and believes “that’s what inspired the nautical theme” to his tattoos.
Jake still has his drum kit at home in Shoreditch, a reminder of his days in an indie rock band but now most of his creative energy is consumed by experimenting with new flavours and perfecting classic cocktails. His cocktail of the moment is the Corpse Reviver No.2.
Corpse Reviver No.2
Giffard Orange Liqueur