Top 10 bartenders throughout history

23rd September, 2014 by Amy Hopkins

Ada Coleman

Ada-ColemanNot did Ada Coleman trail-blaze a path for aspiring female bartenders of the future, she also created some of the world’s most enduring and iconic cocktails.

Coleman, affectionately known as “Coley”, first starting working at Claridge’s Hotel in London in 1899 before becoming head bartender of The American Bar at The Savoy in the early 20th Century.

Here, she mentored Harry Craddock and created such iconic mixes as the Hanky Panky, which went on to be included in Craddock’s The Savoy Cocktail Book – the most famous cocktail book ever written. She was the first and only woman to be awarded the position of head bartender at The Savoy.

3 Responses to “Top 10 bartenders throughout history”

  1. Bruce Borthwick says:

    How can you leave out Dick Bradsell, he kick-started cocktails in cool bars (outside the UKBG listed hotel bars) in the mid-nineties and created simply made quality cocktails like the Bramble which is still a stalwart in everyday bars, unlike many of your top ten?

  2. Mark Smithells says:

    Dale DeGroff should be on that list surely

  3. Brandon says:

    Surely Dale should be on the list, it’s a crime that Don the Beachcomber got a spot while Bergeron got only a mention. As far as current folks go, I would also posit that Tony Abu-Ganim, Francesco LaFranconi, and Charles Joly deserve a spotlight.

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