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Meet Our Trainer - Chennarong Bhumichitr

Chennarong shares his favourite drinking spots in Bangkok.

My name is…

Chennarong Bhumichitr

My role is…

Senior Brand Ambassador for Diageo Moët Hennessy Thailand

I’m based in…

Thailand

I’ve worked in the industry for…

7 years in hospitality education, and 11 years in the bartending industry

Happiness in a glass is…

A JOHNNIE WALKERTM BLACK LABEL®with ginger ale and a dash of aromatic bitters with orange zest

I love working with…

World class, Johnnie Walker and classic malts brands

Latest best experience…

Hosting Diageo’s World Class Southeast Asia Bartender of the Year Final (2015) as well as coaching and attending the World Class Global Finals (2011-2015)

Top tip…

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success

If you’re visiting Bangkok, Thailand, or just looking for inspiration, check out these bars…

The Bamboo Bar

Since opening in the early 1950s, The Bamboo Bar has made a name for itself as one of the most iconic bars in Bangkok. Set within the five-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel, The Bamboo Bar embodies the stylish and seductive spirit that the hotel has become known for. If you are after live jazz music and an extensive cocktail list created by Mandarin Oriental’s award winning mixologist team, The Bamboo Bar is the ideal place to spend an evening.

The bar closed for an extensive renovation in 2014 and, since its reopening, has gone from strength to strength as one of the most happening bars in Bangkok. The new, elegant décor has brought The Bamboo Bar into the future whilst retaining the unique buzz created by its many famous patrons of the past, such as Ray Charles and Louis Armstrong.

Try one of the new “Flavour Cocktails”, which combine innovative ingredients with tried and tested traditions – you won’t be disappointed.

Shooting Star

50ml TANQUERAYTM Gin

15ml Lime cordial

10ml Sauvignon blanc syrup

5ml Lime juice

2 Dashes bitters

Method: Shake all the ingredients together, then pour into chilled martini glass and serve with an Infinity Citron Macaron from The Mandarin Oriental Shop

(2.1 standard drinks* - 1.6 units per serve)

Drop by at… The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, 48 Oriental Avenue

Find out more at… www.mandarinoriental.com

Email…

Like at… www.facebook.com/The-Bamboo-Bar-at-Mandarin-Oriental-Bangkok

Il Fumo

The owners of Vesper Cocktail Bar and Restaurant, husband and wife duo, Choti Leenutaphong and Debby Tang, have collaborated with Chef Luca Appino to open Il Fumo. They serve contemporary Italian cuisine cooked on a wood charcoal grill and vintage craft cocktails devised by a team of award winning bartenders.

The Bar at Il Fumo features an exclusive drinking den reminiscent of the legendary bars in Europe such as Hemingway Bar in Paris and Dry Martini, Barcelona. Bar Manager Pailin Sajjanit, who was a finalist in Diageo World Class Thailand 2015, worked with the same team who delivered the Vesper cocktail menu to create a unique drinking experience. While Vesper serves cutting-edge cocktails, the focus at Il Fumo is to revive forgotten cocktail gems, albeit with Il Fumo’s twist.

Royal Sour

50ml TANQUERAYTM Gin

15ml Ginger liqueur

15ml Passion fruit tea

15ml Lemon juice

2 Drops sesame oil

Method: Shake all the ingredients together, then pour into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a shiso leave

(2.6 standard drinks* - 2.1 units per serve)

Drop by at… 1098/2 Rama IV Rd, Sathorn, Bangkok

Find out more at… www.ilfumo.co

Email…

Like at… www.facebook.com/ilfumobkk

(*One standard drink contains 8g of alcohol)

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