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We interview José Hidalgo, Mercer Sevilla Head Bartender

Cocktail bars are fashionable. We talked about that with José Hidalgo, Head Bartender at the spectacular FIZZ Bar in Mercer Sevilla, the 5-star hotel in the Sevillian Arenal district.


With only 28 years, this Sevillian trained between the Superior School of Hospitality of Seville and the Himkok cocktail bar in Oslo, has received several awards since 2016, being 'Art of Italicus 2019 National Finalist' and 'Top 50 World Class Diageo Iberia'. His secret: Passion and perseverance.

How did you become a bartender?

After my studies at the Superior School of Hospitality of Seville and do my internships nationwide, I decided to make the leap to bartending. I moved to Norway in order to acquire knowledge at the Himkok, considered one of the world best cocktail bars (currently "Top 50 Best Bars" ranking 19th position).

What got you hooked into this profession?

When you go into the cocktails world, you discover that there is a lot of work behind each drink, a lot of research to discover new sensations and flavors, and that aroused my interest and desire to learn.

FIZZ Bar Mercer Sevilla

What do you like the most about being a bartender?

Being able to offer new sensations, unique and different experiences, having direct contact with clients, giving advices to them: When a client enjoy one of my recommendations or creations, I feel satisfaction for my job.

In your opinion, what qualities should have a good bartender?

First of all, hospitality is a must. Any hospitality professional should be hospitable to the client above all. In addition, it is important to move forward and innovate through new techniques, products or flavors.

How should be a perfect mixed drink?

I don’t think there is a perfect mixed drink as it will depend on the taste of each consumer, which is given by multiple factors such as origin or eating habits. Our palate is formed with the memories of everything we taste and this largely defines our tastes. Therefore, the perfect mixed drink will be the one that has the conditions of each person to make it pleasant and unique.

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What is the best time of day to have a cocktail?

Any time can be great to enjoy a good cocktail, from a mid-morning Bloody Mary to recharge the batteries, to a Dry Martini as a snack before having lunch. It will depend on your mood, but always making responsible alcohol consumption.

What is the consumers current taste?

Little by little consumers are acquiring more knowledge about the cocktail world, each time they are more curious and daring. This supposes a bigger challenge and rigorousness. Of course, the classic mixology continues being the starting point for the consumer as for the bartender.

FIZZ Bar Mercer Sevilla

Mixology is in fashion nowadays, where are the new trends going?

Certainly, we are currently living a new mixology golden age. And I think that those who are offering local and artisan products are succeeding. Behind these products there is a great R&D work to improve the customer experience, which is reflected in the final drink. I think this is and will be the trend: Offering a unique and different experience to the customer.

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What can you tell us about the FIZZ Bar?

The FIZZ Bar is located in the extraordinary setting of the Mercer Sevilla, the 5*GL hotel in the historical district of Arenal, next to La Maestranza. It is a 19th century bourgeois palace with only 12 rooms, whose philosophy is to offer an impeccable service so that each client lives a memorable experience. And the FIZZ Bar contributes to that experience.

What do you think you are offering your clients that is unique in Seville?

It's one of the most pleasant, elegant and sophisticated places in the city for a quiet drink. And in addition toclassic cocktails, we propose our distinctive 'cocktail culture' with a series of exclusive cocktails.

FIZZ Bar Mercer Sevilla

What is the most requested cocktail in the FIZZ Bar?

‘Perfetto Errore’ is the most appreciated cocktail from our menu. We make it with a homemade grapefruit bitter, Palo Cortado and bergamot Rosolio. It’s an aperitif with sherry wine flavor, dry and fresh, with little alcohol content, which allows you to drink it before enjoying a dinner, as well as get closer to the Andalusian culture through our wines.

Favourite Cocktail Bar: Although I will always feel part of the Himkok family where I was trained, the Fizz Bar is my favorite cocktail bar, it’s the one that represents me and where I can express myself.
Favourite cocktail: Sidecar. I love this cocktail complexity with a brandy base, citrus and dry touches.
Favourite ingredient: I like to work with generous wines, I think they give a personal touch to the current mixology.
Distilled fetish: Rum, definitely. Each rum is unique. I love to enjoy a glass of rum to relax.
Not missing in your bar: The smile and the desire to make the customer live a unique experience.

FIZZ Bar

Calle Castelar, 26 (Sevilla)

Tel. +34 95 422 30 04

fizzbar@mercersevilla.com

www.mercersevilla.com

From Monday to Sunday, from 4pm to 12pm

It's cocktail time!

The cocktail is a bicentennial drink which history has had ups and downs, although in the last decades it has become very fashionable, gaining fans to the original drinks.


ORIGIN

It seems that the word cocktail comes from an establishment in Mexico that served a mixture of liquors with fruit juices. Due to its color, this drink was called "cock's tail". And it was not only widely accepted, but also quickly internationalized, first in the US (where "cocktail hour" and "cocktail suits" were invented) and later on worldwide.

Nowadays, there is a wide variety of cocktails, some of them very popular, and modern cocktail recipes increase day by day with recognized bartender’s new creations.

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MERCER BARCELONA AND MERCER SEVILLA COCKTAIL BARS

Mercer hotels are well known for a great location, an impeccable design, a personalized guest service and an excellent gastronomic offer. Part of this philosophy is to offer a distinctive cocktail culture, for both guests and the local public who want to discover our Cocktail Bars in Barcelona and Seville.

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The Mercer Barcelona and Mercer Sevilla Cocktail Bars are intimate and elegant spaces, dominated by an impressive shelving with a collection of bottles, as well as an exclusive furniture. Their menu combines classic cocktails with Mercer own creation cocktails and other non-alcoholic cocktails.

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We invite you to relax in a refined setting and to share a drink in good company, either enjoying your favorite cocktail or letting yourself be advised and surprised by our expert Bartenders...


RECIPES

Discover how to prepare the famous "Mojito" and the sophisticated "Cosmopolitan", you can both taste them at Mercer Barcelona and Mercer Sevilla. Become a real Barman and impress your guests with our recipes!

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MOJITO

The origin of the Mojito is a drink from the XVI century called "Draque" in honor of the English privateer Sir Francis Drake. His recipe included lime to help sailors vitamin C lacking fighting scurvy.

In the middle of the XVII, the recipe changes liquor for rum and the Cuban "Draquecito" starts being called Mojito, diminutive of "mojo" (sauce or dressing), probably because of the lime and mint used in its preparation.

The popularity of the Mojito comes from the Dry Law. During 1920 and 1930 many Americans used to cross the 150 km between Key West and Cuba to drink in a legal environment. According to the story said in Havana, Ernest Hemingway -one of the great writers and drinkers of the history-, used to drink Mojitos in the "Bodeguita del Medio" daily.

See Mojito Recipe


COSMOPOLITAN

Unlike other great cocktails that have a long history behind, Cosmopolitan has become so popular so fast that it even has a nickname for friends: Cosmo. Its origin is uncertain and its creation is attributed to several great bartenders.

In 1996, Madonna was seen taking a Cosmopolitan in the NY Rainbow Room and then the bartender received calls from around the world asking for the recipe. But it was "Sex and the City" heroine that definitely contributed to make it trendy: Is there anyone who doesn’t know that Cosmo is Carrie Bradshaw's favorite drink?

See Cosmopolitan Recipe

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