Interview with the best bartender, Carley Gaskin

Carley Gaskin is a bartender at the Chicago Disco. She recently won the 12th annual Bombay Sapphire Gin Most Imaginative Bartender Competition.

What is your favourite cocktail and food?

I love… I love Indian food and almost always accompany it with a dry Riesling. I love the sweetness of citrus wines that bring the spices of curry to life.

What drink should be banned and why ?

I don’t think we should necessarily ban specific drinks. People like different things and that’s normal! I’m quite excited to see some classic cocktails resurface and improve, especially the Cosmo. Cosmo Gin has become one of my favorites.

What is your drink that you are most proud to make ?

Definitely the “Geb’s Reviver”! (Bombay Sapphire Gin, pineapple-lemon, lemon juice and matcha powder.) It was the cocktail that allowed me to qualify for the final of the Bombay Sapphire Barman’s Most Imaginative Competition. “Geb’s Reviver” is a waste-free cocktail, which I’m very passionate about.

What is your favorite beer combination ?

“A Highlife and a glass of amaro is my usual duo.”

What is the only tool you always take with you when you travel on business ?

I always make sure to wrap my copper spoon.

Don’t drink and drive. Enjoy responsibly.