One of England's bartending greats, Dick Bradsell, has died. Bradsell was most famous for creating a number of classic cocktails, such as the Espresso Martini and the Bramble.
Originally from the Isle of Wight, Bradsell worked in many London bars over the decades, and in the process transformed the world of drinks in the capital and beyond. That list of bars includes The Colony Room Club, Zanzibar, Dick's Bar at the Atlantic Bar & Grill and most recently El Camion.
He was known not only for his innovation, and ability to create classic cocktails - seemingly effortlessly - but also as a consummate host in all of the establishments that he worked in.
Mixellany's Anistatia Miller said: 'The Colony Room Club on Dean Street. Dick was three deep at the bar, but greeted Jared and I warmly and asked what we'd like to drink. We left it up to him. He pointed us to a table. Three minutes later he arrived with a round of gin and tonics. Busy as he was, we were surprised it wasn't a round of beers.
'Whilst he was closing, he asked us to stay behind then led us out the toilet window and into the toilet window at The Groucho Club where it turned out he was a member and didn't actually need to sneak in. Sitting with a pair of Martinis, he asked me in a most serious tone: "How many ingredients do you think make a proper drink?" I replied, "No more than three." He nodded approvingly and said, "Well then, we can be friends."'