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John Toubia, Supper Club

Drink: The Beat Down Tonic

Photograph: Daniel Boud

Up on level 31 of the InterContinental, the lights are dim, the views are stunning and the tunes are great. For six months, this impressive place has been John Toubia’s office. “I love being a bartender,” he says. “The speed of it, the customers, and the art.” His golden hour starts at 11pm (“a little crazy tends to come to life at this time”) and he finds himself pouring a lot of Taittinger Champagne and classic cocktails. For our competition, John came up with “a fresh version of the classic Cuban Mojito, designed to cure the blues. It’s a drink that showcases gin as an uplifting spirit, which is not how it’s always perceived. I kept in mind that the drink needs to be replicated in a busy cocktail bar. For this reason, the drink respects simplicity but is still complex on the palate.” 

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