COCKTAILS & SHOTS
Going 10 Rounds With Top Bartender Will Thompson
The acclaimed bartender and co-founder of Miami’s new Jaguar Sun bar tackles our speed round of questions.
What is the all-time best dive bar jukebox song? ““Little Red Corvette”? Too hard, next question please.”
Name the first good drink you ever drank and where you had it. “Anything I ever had at Rendezvous in Cambridge, Massachusetts. RIP Rendezvous I miss you.”
What book on cocktails or spirits is your go-to resource? “Stan Jones bar guide and/or the back of a bottle of Kahlúa.”
What’s your favorite bottle of booze that costs less than $25? “There’s an Michoacán rum called Charanda I just got introduced to that I really love.”
What’s your favorite bottle of booze that costs more than $100? “Way too hard to answer, although anything that Velier Rum touches seems to be pretty fantastic.”
What drink are you most proud of creating? “I made a drink when I was 16 or 17 called an Orange Crimewave that was a shot of orange vodka in a Sparks after you drank a sip out of it. I don’t know? I guess I peaked early.”
What’s your favorite shot-and-a-beer combination? “Miller Lite and a McGillicuddy off the shot machine, or a fancy rum if I’m putting on airs.”
What is the one tool that you always make sure to pack when you’re traveling for business? “A Sharpie.”
Will Thompson is co-founder of Miami’s new bar Jaguar Sun. He was named by Food & Wine magazine as one of the country’s best new mixologists and called Boston’s best bartender by Boston Magazine in 2017.
Interview has been condensed and edited.