In life as in mixology, the classics never seem to go out of style. Margarita, Cosmopolitan, Maï Taï, Daiquiri… Bartenders around the world continue to hone their skills and flex their creativity on staple cocktails like these. Whether they choose to stay true to the originals or decide to put their own creative spin on things, odds are they’ll need to reach for a bottle of Cointreau at some point. Speaking of classic drinks, have you heard of Dean Shury?
Meet Dean Shury
Every bartender has a bottle of Cointreau behind the bar.
To watch Shury work, juggling shakers and strainers and tumblers with grace, is to understand what mixology is all about: mastery of the fundamentals mixed with a chef’s instinct for balancing flavors. As evening fell in Paris, and the Place Pigalle’s lampposts lit up one by one, Shury grabbed his suitcase. Time to catch his flight back to Barcelona, where he now lives. He recently opened his own cocktail bar there—a mix of Spanish spirit, Parisian cool, and that signature Brit precision. And we’d bet the menu there displays a similar reverence for mixology’s grand classics—along with Shury’s contemporary versions of them, brilliantly reimagined.