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From the surge of rule-heavy speakeasies to basement bars where tattooed bartenders could teach Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise’s character in Cocktail) a trick or two, cocktail mania has refined our drinking preferences and turned everyone into a cocktail connoisseur.
Us stewardesses in the business of providing guests with extraordinary experiences are, of course, in the vanguard of cocktail geekery. Although you can outfit a bed with perfect hospital corners and are an artist when it comes to napkin folding, nothing says super stew like the ability to mix up a complicated-looking cocktail without breaking a sweat. Whatever your guests’ elixir of choice, from a ‘Ramos Gin Fizz’ to a ‘Corpse Reviver’, you’re the A to Z of cocktail wisdom and can effortlessly make intricate drinks that will make guests’ taste buds sing.
No? Oh. Well, you soon will if you make a dash for Rialto Living and devour their stock of must-reads for the soon-to-be queen of cocktail wizardry. Rosé Cocktails, by Julia Charles, turns its attention to the pink stuff while Jesse Estes’ Tequila Beyond Sunrise focuses on those ideal fuels for dancing the night away, tequila and mezcal, and The Big Book of Gin, by Dan Jones, answers all the gin questions you were always afraid to ask. Last but certainly not least, The Classic Cocktail Bible by Spruce doesn’t just feature drool-worthy photography but also gives you a range of inspirations to create anything from the exotic to the timeless. This cocktail aficionados’ favourite includes no less than 200 recipes with age-old classics such as the daiquiri, dry martini, margarita and Long Island ice-tea.
Additionally, like mixologists who work at molecular gastronomy restaurants, you undoubtedly have easy access to the galley equipment used by the chef, allowing you to create awe-inspiring cocktails and drinking experiences. Get your hands on that blow torch and chef’s sous-vide and serve-up edible cocktails, powdered cocktails, solid cocktails, frozen ‘nitro’ cocktails and much, much more. How? In The Curious Bartender, Tristan Stephenson, the mastermind behind three of London’s hottest cocktail bars, explains the fascinating modern turns mixology has taken and details all the techniques and equipment you’ll need if you want to go way beyond that basic ‘Bloody Mary’.
Rialto Living, conveniently located on Calle Sant Feliu 3, is just a stone’s throw away from Palma’s STP and sells a wide selection of eye-catching super yacht must-haves. Have a snoop around and see for yourself. And if you make a purchase don’t forget to flash your STP (or other) entry card so you can relax in their leafy, oasis-like café and sip on a complimentary ‘cafe con leche’ before you head back to the boat.
C/ Sant Feliu 3
Palma de Mallorca
T: +34 971 71 33 31
Photography: Sofia Winghamre