WHO WE ARE
(click on his name to watch him in action)
Alessandro, originally from Salerno, Italy, is an award-winning mixologist, who has spent the last 10 years mixing drinks in London’s top spots - the Lonsdale, VOC, Zuma, Hakkasan, Bone Daddies, to name a few.
His strong signature style stems from his love of classic cocktails and his Southern Italian roots. This simple formula has produced some award winning drinks, the most prestigious being for his 'El Cantinero' cocktail - a new Cuban classic at the 10th Anniversary Havana Club Grand Prix, where he placed 3rd in the world.
He’s also an expert in all things Sake and the art of mixing Japanese cocktails, having been a guest speaker on the subject at Hyper Japan in London.
2015 has already seen Alessandro short list for Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind, reach the final for the Jameson Bartenders Ball competition, the top 50 UK finalists for Diaego World Class. He also represented the South in the UK final for Chivas Regal.
Favourite cocktail: Sazerac
Rachel Bailey Palumbo
Rachel has spent a lot of her career working in hospitality, which is how her and Alessandro met. Her extensive experience in events inspired the start of
this project last summer. She’s now combining her organisational skills from years as a PA and her adoration of cocktails to bring The Palumbos to life.
You can find Rachel enjoying a Negroni at Aperitivo time, sourcing out her latest unique and original ventures. Also, as a quick heads up, if you’re looking for someone to join your pub quiz team – Rachel’s your girl.
Favourite cocktail: Margarita
Declan Bailey Palumbo
You can’t introduce the Palumbo family without mentioning their part Anatolian Shepherd, part German Shepherd Declan. He found his way into the family after an afternoon encounter on Seven Mile Beach in the Cayman Islands, where Rachel and Alessandro lived for a little while in 2014.
He is a leading expert in tinned sardines, partial to a salted crisp, and notorious tennis ball thief.
When he’s not guiding The Palumbos in their spiritual quest to create unique cocktails, he can be found reclining on the sofa.
Favourite cocktail: Anything he can get his paws on