French mixologist Richard Lambert has been behind the bar since he was 16 years old. Some of the events he has graced with his skills include presidential dinners at the Elysée Palace, the official residence of the President of the French Republic, the Roland Garros Glam Slam parties and glamorous affairs at the Rothschild residence.
In the Capital recently for a Cointreau cocktail workshop, he told us that mixing a drink is an art. “Mixology is the art of mixing liquor into a stylish drink and also using some premium ingredients,” says Lambert. He informs that any cocktail has three Ss “Sweetness which comes from a juice, strength which is from liquor like gin and scotch and sourness from the use of lime or lemon,” he says. But making a great drink is not just about the recipe but also the person. “For me, drinks are really linked to the person sitting in front of you. The way they are dressed, they stand and their personality,” says Lambert. “For example if I have a lady in a casual attire, I would offer her a relaxed long drink. But, if she is dressed in a beautiful long dress, then something more glamorous in a martini glass would suit the purpose,” he says.