My name is…
Oğul Türkkan

My role is...
Diageo Bar Academy trainer in Turkey

I’m based in…
Istanbul, Turkey

I’ve been bartending for…
Over 16 years

I love working with…
Ketel One vodka

Happiness in a glass is…
A Vodka Martini

Top tip…
The quality of ice is hugely important when making premium cocktails and spirits

Here are three destinations in Istanbul I always place on my list of recommendations:

Num Num

With its first outlet opened in 2003 at Maçka G-Mall, the group and subsequent Num Num locations (10 in total between Ankara and Istanbul!) grew at a steady pace whilst managing to remain a firm favourite among loyal patrons with its fast, friendly service and generous food portions.

In Istanbul, the Levent Kanyon outlet with its spacious interiors make it an ideal spot for group outings. Mehmet Gürs, chef owner of Num Num and a well-respected name in the Istanbul restaurant and bar scene, ensures a quality food and drink selection that even the most jaded diners find themselves returning to time and again. When visiting, don’t miss the Flamingo cocktail.

Flamingo Cocktail

50ml Smirnoff Vanilla flavoured vodka
20ml Passion fruit puree
20ml Lime juice
1 Vanilla pod

Fill ¾ of a rocks glass with crushed ice. Add lime juice, Smirnoff Vanilla flavoured vodka and passion fruit puree. Stir and fill the glass with more crushed ice. Garnish with a sliced vanilla pod. Vanilla seeds will be relased into the drink after the first couple of sips.

(1.6 standard drinks* per serve)

Drop by at Eski Büyükdere Caddesi No: 185-175 Levent / Istanbul, Turkey
Dial… +90 (212) 353 07 08
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Winner of Best Chain Restaurant at last year’s prestigious Grecce Awards, Midpoint is the go-to destination to satisfy a craving at any time of the day, whether it is for a good, hearty lunch or a nightcap to wind down the evening’s events. The consistent quality of the food and drink, convenient location and lively atmosphere have kept guests returning since the first outlet opened in 2002. All of their venues across Turkey offer a consistent and approachable list of classic and modern cocktails.

When in Istanbul, I recommend you stop by the Nişantaşı outlet and get a taste of the Super Cocktail.

Super Cocktail

60ml Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold
20ml Passion fruit puree
20ml Orange liqueur
20ml Sweet and sour mix (10ml sugar syrup + 10ml lime juice)
A dash of Louisiana Hot Sauce
A sprig of Rosemary

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

(2 standard drinks* per serve)

Drop by at… Abdi İpekçi Caddesi Kızılkaya Apt. No: 59 Nişantaşı / Istanbul, Turkey
Dial… +90 (212) 219 94 01
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With its cosy and laid back atmosphere, Corridor is a local club with a dedicated crowd, all week long. Tuesdays and Thursdays are recommended and are staples in the working executive’s weekly schedule. The cocktails are well made and the bar team always go the extra mile to make guests feel at home. Mixed drinks like Gin & Tonics and modern classics like Cosmopolitans are the order of the day here. Be bold: go for the Long Island Iced Tea and enjoy the music.

Long Island Iced Tea

15ml Smirnoff vodka
15ml Gordon’s gin
15ml Captain Morgan
15ml Don Julio Blanco tequila
15ml Triple sec
30ml Sour mix
1 Lemon wedge

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled highball glass filled with ice. Top up with Coca-Cola and garnish with a lemon wedge.

(2.4 standard drinks* per serve)

Drop by at Abdi İpekçi Cad./milli Reasürans Çarşısı D:52, Nişantaşı / Istanbul, Turkey
Dial +90 (212) 272 17 18
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(*One standard drink contains 8gm of alcohol)