Dimitrios Zahariadis, co-founder and President of the United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) New Haven Chapter (formerly CT Chapter), is an award-winning bartender and pioneer in the craft cocktail movement in the state of CT. In his free time Dimitrios is an avid competitor and in addition to winning many local competitions, he has been a multiple regional Finalist for Diageo World Class, Bacardi Legacy and Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender competitions. Dimitrios is also Founder at The Cocktail Chemists consulting firm which provides its clients with all aspects of beverage services. Dimitrios is most proud of his accomplishments as partner at award winning cocktail bar, Highland Brass Co, in his home town of Waterbury, CT.
Dimitri, where are your roots in Greece, and how you did you find yourself in Connecticut ?
What do you think about new age liqueurs, low abv and simpler recipes, and how these would fit in the next generation US bars ?
I’ve always been a proponent of a simplified cocktail, I want my guests to be able to pick apart the cocktail and taste different ingredients and notes in different stages of drinking the cocktail. With many cocktails that are 6,7,8 ingredients that’s not usually the case. The popularity the last few years with Low abv cocktails I believe is a good thing, and it doesn’t have to be a cocktail per se, maybe a vermouth on the rocks or something as simple as a Sherry cobbler are always a delicious choice. Mixing Liqueurs in a highball is one of my preferred low abv completely cocktails. I see them popping up in more and more American bars, including my own, as many guests are looking to enjoy a nice cocktail without getting too intoxicated.
Roots is a range of craft liqueurs with heritage from Greece. How do you embrace their philosophy & their flavours, and how these combine with your roots & memories ?
Dimitrios is currently looking back at his own roots, being the Roots ambassador in Connecticut and surrounding areas. Give him a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org