Sel Rrose catches up with the ever so busy Sam Anderson, master curator of our killer drinks program.
SelRrose: Sam, where are you originally from?
Sam Anderson: Orange County, CA
Where do you live these days?
How long have you been mixing drinks & what inspired you to get into your field?
6 years. I came from the craft coffee world--Cafe Grumpy. So I was naturally drawn to the hand-crafted process of craft bar tending. I was also inspired by a few great bartenders--Greg Ramirez, Jim Kearns, Lynette Marrero, Yana Volfson--that I was trained by at my first bar gig at Freemans
The cocktails at Sel Rrose have had a great reception, what was your inspiration behind the unique drinks selections to go in the cocktails?
The drinks are inspired by classic cocktail structures and French ingredients but also equally important, I looked to French-speaking countries and islands for their unique flavors, dishes and ingredients for inspiration.
What do you do on your days off?
What's a "day off?" Just kidding. I actually am a competitive runner. I train for marathons, half marathons. I run pretty much everyday. I also love to surf, go to the beach and I bicycle everywhere. I also really enjoy going to art museums and painting.
Do you have any advice for young bartenders wanting to get serious in their field?
Find a great chef and learn from the kitchen--organization, working clean, working as a team. Also, don't fall for the hard-partying lifestyle or you'll reduce your longevity in the business. Find healthy ways to spend your time--running, cycling, whatever works for you but take care of yourself. Drink, occasionally, never every day.
Right now, Freedom from the Known by Jiddu Krishnamurti.
Where do you drink on yours days off & fav all time drink spot?
I rarely go anywhere just to drink. I will occasionally go to places that I've worked at or have friends working at - Hotel Delmano, Wythe Hotel, Maison Premeire, Mothers Ruin.
Any new projects on the horizon?
I am the Beverage Director at Mission Chinese. We opened a week ago.