If ever you’re in need of someone to lead you on an adventure without you having to move from your lounge chair, look no further than the Worship Street Whistling Shop’s Jess Cheeseman. Not only will the cocktail he pours you, such as Zazel the Human Cannonball, take you on an unimaginable tasting journey, but chances are that he also distilled the ingredients himself.
Apart from regaling you with tales of cocktail chemistry, Cheeseman will take you through the history of drinks in the Gin Palace ambience of the bar whose cocktail menu pictured in the banner reflects his deep drinks knowledge. So, get down to Shoreditch, give a whistle and let Cheeseman whisk you away on your cocktail adventure.
1. iPhone or Android?
Definitely iPhone. All of our computing here is done with Apple. The tills are iPads and we use Macs for our in-house computers. As far as usability goes, they’re great devices.
2. What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not mixing drinks?
I love getting out and about. London is a great city with a great bar and restaurant scene as well as coffee shops. When I have a bit of time, it’s good to get outside of London. I also do consultancy work for the Whistling Shop’s parent company, Fluid Movement which brings me to places like Bangkok and the Middle East. It’s good to get abroad too!
3. Where in the world have you been craving to have a cocktail that you haven’t yet been to?
I’ve not yet had the chance to go to New York and it’s definitely at the top of my list. They have fantastic bars over there and the city is on a parallel with London as having one of the best cocktail scenes in the world.
4. As a professional bartender, you know best. What’s your favourite hangover cure?
Bloody Mary, without a doubt. If you can stomach them, oysters go great with it and possibly some lobster on the side.
5. What’s your favourite Bond Film?
That’s a tough one. I’d have to say Goldfinger. I love Odd Job with his razor blade hat and Jaws is a favourite. It was sad to see that he recently passed away. I always find the evil geniuses and henchmen in Bond films much more interesting than Bond himself!
G&T Bonus Question
It was recently revealed that Winston Churhcill drank 42,000 bottles of champagne in his lifetime. How close are you to and what is your strategy for beating him?
Ha! Generally champagne is not my choice drink. I probably drink it around three times a year. So get back to me in 15 years and we’ll see where I’m at.