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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We asked top Belgian bartender Carl Van Droogenbroeck what his philosophy on cocktails was… “I like to focus on the classic cocktails. Cocktails have been documented since at least 1862, when the first recipe book appeared. I think it’s important to know the classics and then make twists on them. I like to compare it with French cuisine, first you have to learn the basics and then you can get creative. It’s quite a historic approach, but then you can take it forward and create something truly amazing.”