Sam Ng From Four Pillars Gin | InterContinental Melbourne

A Moment with Four Pillars Gin’s Sam Ng

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We had the privilege of sitting down with Four Pillars’ Ambassador and Bartender at Large, Sam Ng who has been spreading the word about Four Pillars Gin in bars (and home bars) around the world since joining the Four Pillars team. Sam was General Manager of Black Pearl – Melbourne’s best cocktail bar, and ranked in the top 10 bars in the world.

What is your approach to making cocktails?

Every time you create a new drink is a challenge, but in general I try to create balanced, approachable and interesting cocktails.

What is your ultimate cocktail?

My favourite gin cocktail is either a Martinez or a London Calling. The mix of gin and vermouth is classic. In the case of a Martinez it’s a bit richer with the use of sweet vermouth, and the balance of dry sherry, lemon and gin in a London Calling is absolutely stellar.

What cocktail trends do you see ahead?

I think we will see a trend towards a lighter style of drinks and a more relaxed style of cocktails. I believe gin will be at the forefront of this with its incredibly versatile flavour profile and diversity. The general drinking public is becoming more and more educated with alcohol in general and their palates are becoming increasingly more discerning.

What cocktail trends do you see ahead?

  • Bitters
  • Absinthe
  • Great ice

Bitters add an element of depth and complexity to many cocktails. Absinthe in the right amount gives many cocktails a lovely added vegetal note. And where possible, it’s always preferable to use hard, clear, large ice cubes. Water is a larger part of most cocktails than people realize, and using great ice will keep the integrity of the drink flavours.

Describe your cocktail making style in 3 words.

Simple, crisp, approachable (flavours).

Complete this sentence: Four Pillars Gin is…

Exceptionally delicious.

Where are your favourite 3 bars in Melbourne?

The Black Pearl, The Everleigh, Union Electric.

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