"World Coffee in Good Spirit Champion," "International Bartender of the year," Co-Creator of Maybe Sammy -the "Best New International Cocktail Bar of 2019," Global Coffee Ambassador of Mr Black Spirits, and founder of Spiritual Coffee…Meet Martin Hudak.
Needless to say this Aussie has quite the impressive résumé. His bar, Maybe Sammy, is inspired by 1950s Hollywood glamor, created in Sydney, Australia as a “swing” on a classic hotel cocktail bar, minus the hotel.
Some of its most recent accolades? A TOTC – Best New International Cocktail Bar of 2019. It was also ranked Best Australasian bar and no 43rd within 50 World’s Best Bars 2019. This guy knows a thing or two about mixology, so we caught up with the Mr Black Ambassador to pick his brain on the art of bartending.
When did that eureka moment happen when you realized your mission is to be a bartender?
When I saw my first guest leaving with a smile.
What are the TOP 5 skills every bartender should have?
Communication – body language – empathy – humility – honesty.
Which cocktail is the biggest pain in the ass to make, pardon our French?
Anything with fresh fruits or herbs which will require double straining.
And which cocktail is served in your version of heaven?