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Darwin Pornel

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Darwin Pornel, Faith & Flower’s lead bartender, will drink just about any spirit if it’s made right, but his preference is gin. “Gin is a great spirit because of its flexibility in terms of the flavors some gins possess and how you can use them with other ingredients in cocktails. Aside from the obvious juniper essence that most London Dry style gins highlight, other London Drys are more citrus heavy, or focus on flavors like coriander or cardamom. Some New World style gins focus more on mellower botanicals than juniper (though the juniper is still present), such as herbaceous or floral ingredients,” the eloquent young barman says.

Los Angeles, CA