John James Goodman AKA JJ Goodman one of London’s top mixologists first made his fame through opening up his flagship bar in 2008, ‘Covent Garden Cocktail Club’. He then continued to open up six more bars in London, all following the cocktail club theme. These bars are know for their inventive and creative cocktail menus. JJ has now collaborated with Schweppes to create new and exciting cocktail recipes using Schweppes products.
We got the chance to talk to JJ about his favourite cocktails to make using Schweppes.
PM: What should everyone keep at home to make some classic cocktails?
JJ: A great mix of base spirits is essential. If I had to pick mine I’d say Ketel One Vodka, Tanqueray gin, Bacardi eight-year-old rum, and Talisker 10 year whisky. Also a basic bar kit helps, as well as tones of ice and some iconic mixers like Schweppes Indian Tonic Water and Schweppes Bitter Lemon and new flavour, Schweppes Citrus Blend.
PM: Any twists you can give us on the classic G&T?
JJ: Schweppes Elderflower Tonic is a lovely twist! I’d personally add at least 2 squeezes of lemon to really bring the flavour out, and a dash of Angostura bitters.
PM: Best bars to meet clever mixologists around the world?
JJ: Haha. When I travel I ALWAYS check out barchick.com. Those guys know where to go and for what. They’ve never let me down.
PM: Where have you been inspired by recently?
JJ: New York ALWAYS inspires me. Attaboy in the lower east side has stripped its drinks to the bone. There’s a confident honesty about it that’s addictive!
PM: What food do you want to eat at the end of a busy shift?
JJ: I’m trying to cut that back…. But I was recently in Sweden where some friends introduced me to kebab pizza! Sounds horrible, but I now convince my local in Camden to mix one up for me. After a long shift you aren’t picky, you’re too tired to have an opinion.
PM: For those of us trying to abstain from the hard stuff, what can we drink at your bar and still feel a part of the fun?
JJ: Non alcoholics get a bad rap from bartenders. But it takes real skill to balance a mocktail. One if my favourite nostalgia drinks is Schweppes Bitter Lemon! Shake mint, lime and a splash of sugar syrup, topped with Schweppes Bitter Lemon for a lovely non alcoholic twist on a Southside Royal. Garnish with a floating mint leaf for a bit of class!
And here is our favourite cocktail recipe from Schweppes.
Schweppes French Martini
100ml Schweppes Pineapple Juice
Add 25ml vodka, 15ml grenadine and 100ml Schweppes Pineapple Juice. Shake. Pour into a coupe glass.