#rumfamily : Favourite Bartenders-Robert ‘Badger’ Hughes

Another check in with #rumfamily and this time it’s with bartender Robert ‘Badger’ Hughes. This is someone who we have enjoyed watching coming up with new cocktails. His creative process is a joy to watch and even better is enjoying the great results like these. Nothing is too much trouble, he takes real pride in the cocktails he serves and is an all round good guy!

How long have you been bartending?
I have been bartending for around 4 years now!

What made you decide you wanted to work behind a bar?
I started off as just a way to get some cash while studying at uni but then found a real passion for it!

Where do you find your inspiration for new cocktails?
My inspiration comes from a wide range of things! This can be from simple flowers, scents and links to the spirit in question, its history and back story.

What’s your go to ingredient?
My go to ingredient tends to be a shrub (natural sweetener made from fresh fruit, sugar and vinegar).

What’s your proudest accomplishment so far?
My proudest moment to date would just be placing in a few competitions. I always enjoy them and it’s always a fun learning experience but haven’t had much luck, yet!

Define the perfect cocktail?
The perfect cocktail for me to make is one that a customer isn’t going find somewhere else. Something that is going to knock their socks off as well as interest them, with different flavours and knowledge of how the cocktail came about.

What is your go to drink on a night out?
My go to drink tends to be Tequila and grapefruit soda or even a simple beer after a long shift.

What’s your favourite thing about working behind a bar?
Favourite thing is easily the amazing people you get to meet either from working with them or serving them. Everyone has their own backgrounds and interests and it’s great to be in an environment that helps people unwind and relax.

What’s your least favourite thing about working behind the bar?
Least favourite is going to have to be dealing with the people who have thrown up!

What is your favourite drink to make?
One of my favourites is always going be a good Old Fashioned. It can take time to make but from such a simple drink there is so much variation that can change the spirit and make a different drinking experience each time.

Where can we find you to enjoy your cocktails?
Currently knocking some fancy drinks out at Haycock & Tailbar Associates, always happy to talk people through cocktail choices and flavours!