Happiness Forgets is wonderful name for a bar and until a few months ago that is where you would have found Julian Zerressen. He is now storming a ‘pop-up’ cocktail bar called the Art of the Aperitif, at the Langham Hotel, before departing on a meandering journey across the globe via wherever his heart takes him, arriving whenever he arrives.
Originally from Munich, Julian is keen to discover cocktail making in different countries and cultures. It is “an ongoing love affair that is far from over”, he says. Julian loved the hospitality industry from an early age. His father has always run bars and restaurants and after studying Hotel Management at college, it was a natural move for Julian to continue his training in a Michelin starred kitchen. He then changed tack and spent the next two years at the Golden Bar in Munich. Julian smiled and explained, “Training in a top kitchen was really challenging and tremendous fun but I really missed the interaction with customers. It means something to create something for someone, place it in their hand and then watch their face as they enjoy it. You never get that intense interaction working in the kitchen”.
Julian’s tattoos are souvenirs of his travels. Little reminders from a variety of countries and cities but he makes a point never to visit the same tattoo artist twice. “My next tattoo will be in Thailand”, he says. “I’m not sure when but in the next few months”, he continued “But before I go let me make you my cocktail of the moment, the Trinidad Sour. It was created by Giuseppe Gonzales and it changed my view on bitters forever”.
30ml Angostura Bitters
30ml Giffard Orgeat
15ml Rye Whisky
25ml fresh lemon juice