The Master Blend: A Bartender Series – Michael Kudra

Listen to The Master Blend: A Bartender Series – Michael Kudra

This week on the Bit by a Fox Podcast we’re continuing our Bartender Interview Series – The Master Blend – a collaboration with Bertoux Brandy. 

This bi-weekly series of interviews will have each bartender discuss their distinct style, biggest inspirations, and how they’re making their mark on today’s cocktail culture. This week’s guest is Michael Kudra, lead bartender at three Michelin starred restaurant Quince in San Francisco.

Kudra, formerly from Chicago’s famed Aviary, moved to California in 2017 to take over the fine dining bar program at Quince. We discussed how his move to California has helped to encourage his biggest inspirations behind the bar, including literature, hyper seasonality, and salt. So much salt.

The featured cocktail this week is Michael Kudra’s BERTOUX Brandy cocktail currently featured on the menu at Quince in San Francisco – The Naturalist

1.5 oz. BERTOUX Brandy
1/3 oz. Amaro Nonino  
1/3 oz. Aperol  
1/3 oz. Lillet Rose  
.5 oz. of Lemon Sherbet  
.5 oz. Acid-Adjusted Grapefruit Juice   
2 Dashes Lemon Saline  

Shake, double-strain and garnish with Grapefruit Pearls.  Serve up, in a Japanese Martini Glass. 

All photographs by Anthony Parks on behalf of BERTOUX Brandy

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