One day a week Adriano Di Giovanni spends a solid six hours just preparing for cocktails. Just three years ago Adriano left sunny Sicily with the express intention of becoming a world class cocktail specialist. For the last year or so he has been at Zilouf’s in Islington. “What I love about this bar is that whatever we can grow or make ourselves we do and that applies as much to sauces in the kitchen as it does to juices behind the bar and the decor on the walls”, he says. “There is a really positive, ‘yeah let’s do it’ attitude here. We are encouraged to try new things, to experiment”.
Adriano is Italian and in keeping with the national stereotype there is an energy and passion to the man as he explains what motivates him, “As a bartender, making a cocktail for someone is more than a job. It’s a personal statement by one individual for another. This is from me to you and I want it to be the best it can be. I want to see you enjoy my work”.
Outside Zilhouf’s windows it has stopped raining and by midday the sun is beginning to shine on Upper Street. Looking back from the scene Adriano says that this “Is the perfect time for an Espresso Martini”.
Giffard Noisette D’Anjou
Giffard Cherry Brandy