AN AUDIENCE WITH ANTONINO
Ten Questions with Antonino Lo Iacono
The Mark's Club Bar Manager
Meet your Mark’s Club Bar Manager and mixologist extraordinaire, Antonino Lo Iacono.
How did you get started with bartending?
When I was 15 years old, I began working in a Resort in Sicily during the summer season, the rest is history!
What is the most important skill a bartender should have?
To be diplomatic, charismatic and acrobatic!
Describe a career highlight you’ve had while tending a bar?
I once had the pleasure of making a Martini for James Bond (Pierce Brosnan).
What is your go-to aperitif on a night off?
A Negroni (I know this sounds very Italian but I substitute the Gin with Tequila or Mezcal).
How different is the London bar scene compared to the rest of the world?
London is the Cocktail Capital of the World. It is a meeting place of culture and tradition and this translates into the cocktail scene which is equally as vibrant and progressive.
Can you share with us one of your signature cocktail recipes?
Of course; it has to be the “Rusty Cadillac”, a combination of 2 parts tequila, 1 part Byrrh vermouth and 1 part Amer Picon served on the rocks garnished with a caramel twill. I recommend enjoying this in the evening as an after-dinner digestif as your 'something sweet'.
What does luxury mean to you?
A unique combination of great comfort and elegance.
What three things could you not live without?
Family, good food and my watches.