Born in Ecuador and raised in Miami, Joaquín Simó has been chasing flavor and hospitality since he can remember.
For almost six years at New York's acclaimed cocktail bar Death & Company, Simó put his English major to good use as he regaled customers with the colorful stories and hallowed history of classic spirits and cocktails. After being honored as the American Bartender of the Year at the 2012 Tales of the Cocktail, he opened Pouring Ribbons, his ode to conviviality and deliciousness in NYC's East Village.
He is also a partner in Alchemy Consulting, and has worked with clients such as Diageo, Pernod-Ricard, Food & Wine, and Hyatt Andaz Hotels. Joaquín is a member of the Tequila Interchange Project and a panelist at cocktail festivals from Portland to Paris. So pretty much everything we all wish we were.
We caught up with Simó earlier this week and asked him what five things he cannot live without. He was nice enough to tell us.