The definitive guide to the finest drinking experiences

The World Class 50: The Definitive Drinking Guide features 50 of the most innovative and talented bartenders from across the globe. Each bartender showcases the perfect location, the most inventive cocktail and the finest of ingredients and spirits that define the 'must have' fine drinking experience in their city.

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Teo Spiropoulos, Viva la Vida

The Drink

Viva la Vida is a celebration of life via the bartenders’ craft that allows an exploration involving all the senses. Full presentation involves an elaborate ritual involving a bottle smoked with Sri Lankan cinnamon using a chef’s gun. The drink is sweet, highly aromatic and spicy on the nose, with notes of red fruits and nuts, and complements the Don Julio Blanco’s citrusy characteristics. It’s a double dose of agave, featuring both in the 100% blue Weber agave from the Jalisco highlands in the Don Julio Blanco, but also in the nectar that compounds this as it sweetens the drink.

The Technique

Don Julio Blanco • 60ml
Agave nectar • 30ml
Cranberry bitters • 3 dashes
Black walnut bitter • 3 dashes
Contains 19 grams of alcohol per serve

Add all ingredients to a chilled Boston shaker and roll. The mix is poured into a bottle smoked with Sri Lankan cinnamon, which is then capped and served with a flute glass with 2 ice cubes and a spray of pink grapefruit oils.

To try the cocktail made by the man himself visit Tailor Made, Athens, Greece

Images by Dionyssis Matiatos