MEET OWNER & MAKER OF VESTAL VODKA WILLIAM BORRELL

IN CONVERSATION WITH DEPARTURES INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE

Owner and maker of Vestal Vodka, founder of London bar Ladies and Gentlemen, and our friend William Borrell, has been crowned mixologist of the month by Departures Magazine. They chatted about the latest ‘mixology’ trends and about what and who to lookout for in the coming months. While we’re stoked that William and his Vestal Vodka are getting this much deserved attention, we can’t help but cringe at the word ‘mixologist’.

To tell you the truth, the whole mixology thing has wrongfully glamorised what we do. “Bartending is a trade,” says Spirit People’s Angus Burton. “It’s about science as much as it’s about service, hospitality, and physical work.” Sure, bartenders look pretty in their three-piece suits and slicked-back hair, but what most people don’t realise is that they’ve spent hours painstakingly preping for service before making your first drink.

That said, we’ve got to admit that we love it. Bartending is what we do and by God we look good doing it.