Luke Bensley of Bourne & Co, Birmingham is our second bartender on The Vermouth Ambassador’s Cocktail Showcase. These will showcase the best vermouth cocktails we come across and the bartenders who create them.Luke Bensley

Over to Luke to tell us his story!

Luke Bensley of Bourne & Co

I started my bar career in Mitchel and Butlers before moving to Canada to be a ski instructor. Cocktails were more of a hobby of mine at that time. This turned into a great way to make rent and thus my love for this Industry began.

Upon my return to my home city I started at Bourne & Co. working under Mikey has given me the chance to vastly improve my craft and become fully involved with this industry’s in and outs.

Now I’m focused on continuing my journey in the hope to open my own bar in the near future.

Luke Bensley Manhattan Project #4Luke Bensley’s Cocktail, Manhattan Project #4

Glass – Crystal Coupe

Ice: None

Method: Stirred

Garnish: Lemon Zest

Inspiration – I just really like a good Manhattan. So I started my Manhattan project to find my perfect serve. I prefer rum to bourbon and cherry flavours and the lemon helps cut through the sweetness, but it’s the balance sherry and amaro in this drink that has it sat at the top of my list.

Where to Drink the Manhattan Project #4

You can find the Manhattan Project #4 at Bourne & Co. in Birmingham City Centre where Luke will be behind the bar and happy to share his story with you!

Bourne & Co.

Do you have a great way to use vermouth that you want to share with us? Email for details on becoming a featured bartender. Find our last bartender’s story, Rory Eaton of the Cheval Blanc here.

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