#MeetTheMaker - Peter Spanton, Peter Spanton Drinks
In the second of our #MeetTheMaker interviews we had a quick chat with Peter Spanton from Peter Spanton Drinks.
Q: Tell us a bit about you.
A: Born in Hackney, 27 years in the bar business. Starting in 1979 mixing cocktails at London’s Blitz nightclub, 1983 manager of the Fridge Club in Brixton. 1986 - 2006 owner of Vic Naylor’s Bar in Clerkenwell. Currently Creative Director of PSD ltd.
Q: Why did you start?
A: In 1999 I stopped drinking. I soon discovered how little there was on offer to a non-drinker who didn’t wish to drink water or children's drinks, apart from Tomato juice or Tonic Water. I wanted to change that.
Q: Tell us a bit about your range and how they’re made.
A: The most important thing is to have a clear idea of what you what to create before you start. What's it actually for, what is it's purpose ? My drinks always have to have a dual purpose, to be delicious on their own and work as mixers. I always have a spirit category in mind but having said that I love it when they are used as ingredients, when people express their creativity and create something beyond ordinary. The actual genesis of the drink actually starts in my kitchen, I really enjoy sourcing ingredients from around the world and combining them on my stove until I have something I'm happy with. Then I take my ideas to a flavour house where they keep an exotic array of natural essences with which I can play until we have the magic number.
Q: What’s your favourite gin?
A: When I drank (and I adored drinking!) the classic G&T had to be Gordon’s and Schweppes (ice no lemon!!)
Q: What is your favourite PS tonic?
A: I like them all but my preferred tonic has to be Nº9 Cardamom. It offers all the things that I found were missing when I quit drinking. It’s a grown up, adult offer.
Q: What's your favourite (non PS) tonic or mixer?
A: I really like the Italian take on non-alcoholic drinks. I love drinking San-Bitter and Crodino.
Q: What’s the best drink / cocktail you've seen using a Peter Spanton tonic?
A: Actually I really liked a very simple G&T made by a barman in Madrid. He used Nº9 with a garnish of green apple. It looked and smelt perfect. I also really like the way bartenders are pairing the Nº4 Chocolate with oaked gin.
Peter Spanton No. 9 Cardamon tonic is available from The Gin Parlour for £1.20 and is one of the tonics we’re giving away free with our September Gin of the Month.
The folks at Peter Spanton have been kind enough to put together a couple of scrumptious cocktail suggestions for you using their tonics!