Words by: Timo Janse
Photography by: Lilliyin enderle
In this Legends Of the Bar series we will look into some of the great names in Dutch bartending and ask them ten of the most toughest questions.
In this edition, perhaps one of the original lady bartenders of our industry, Lilliyin Enderlé.
What is the nicest moment behind the bar you can remember?
"It was 1st of May 2006 when I fell in love ❤️ with this bar and realized I'm going to stick there for a long time."
What is the worst?
"Really, really busy...working as fast and good as you can... orders keep on coming, ice almost finished, juices almost finished...and then you realize around closing time that the clock went a hour back so you're not done yet..keep it up!"
Who are the two Gurus you look up to the most in our industry?
"Dale DeGroff a.k.a King Cocktail"
Which book on bartending is a must-read?
"Depends always on your level of bartending... but reading a lot is a must as a bartender!! Few of my favorites:
Liquid Intelligence- Dave Arnold
The Drunken Botanist- Amy Stewart
The Barbook- Jeffrey Morgenthaler"
What is the cocktail you have created you are most proud of and why?
"I'm proud of every drink I create...but there are always winners: 'Envy Me' is one of these winners and crazy famous here. It's a blazer style cocktail with Tequila Reposado, Creme de Mure, home made vanilla syrup and loads of red fruits. But to be honest...our whole freaking menu is delicious."
What is the biggest challenge facing our industry in the Netherlands today?
"To stand out between all those beautiful bars you have to stay focused, creative and determined."
What is your guilty pleasure drink?
"My guilty pleasure drink is....Malibu & Chocolate milk."
If you could teach new bartenders one thing, what would it be?
Know your classics, be creative...it's all about balance!
What do i have to do as a bartender to piss you off when visiting a bar?
"Being too slow, while you could be way faster...I need my drink asap..."
If you want to be remembered by any quote, what would it be?
"One Martini is all right. Two are too many, and three are not enough. James Thurber"