Shift Log: Matteo Giannuzzi

By Neat Pour Staff |

Neat Pour’s new, weekly ‘Shift Log’ column poses seven questions about the trade to a bartender and then spotlights one of their original recipes. This week, we begin with Matteo Giannuzzi, Senior Bartender at London’s St. James Bar.


1. Favorite drink?

Last Word


2. Go-to work shoes?

Nike Air Force 1 Ying Yang Edition


3. Go-to closing music?

AC/DC Highway to hell


4. You’re working a desert island bar with no idea what it will be stocked with.  You’re allowed to bring one tool. What is it?

Bar blade


5. The spec of your personal choice Daiquiri?

45ml Santa Teresa Rum, 20ml lime juice, 15ml brown sugar amd a spray of absinthe.

Shaken and Lemon twist


6. Favorite entry into shift log?

When I’m in front of a bar talking and mixing drinks for guests


7. Tell me about a time a guest has pushed the envelope on the idea of hospitality.

Almost 2 years ago I had the pleasure to meet Mr Paul, a great man and a great teacher of life and through our long talks during my shift about rum and our personal life, he became a good friend. Nowadays, he comes in my bar only to see me and the team, bringing us food, and letting us taste rum from his collection. A good friend.

The Flying Dutchman

Giannuzzi created this drink for the  St. James Bar‘s winter 2019 menu. The complex blend of flavors includes juniper, lemon, curacao and gin – finished with a dash of cardamom and topped up with red wine.

Print Recipe
Flying Dutchman
  1. Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass.
  2. Pour red wine around the surface of the drink to create a thin layer. (Do not garnish.)
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