In this short video interview from my upcoming dynamic article, The Evolution of The Tequila Bar, mixologist Gilbert Marquez of Mercado restaurant and bar in the heart of Santa Monica, CA, reveals his three secrets to memorable tequila cocktails.
“You start to turn people off when you become that uber-mixology bar,” says Marquez. “People don’t want to come in and wait fifteen minutes for a cocktail. People want to come in and enjoy their cocktail with their friends.”
“I’m a bartender who cares about the classic techniques, but I also care about the fresh ingredients and the spirits,” he declares. “Technique, fresh ingredients and quality spirits. As long as all three of these are there, it doesn’t have to be an overly complicated cocktail.”
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