Food & Drink

Mixology: The First Word

With over 18 year experience working within the drinks industry as an ex-bartending mixologist, Alex Kammerling has built his reputation on possessing good taste

Alex’s been writing about cocktails since the mid 1990s, and published his book Blend Me, Shake me back in 2004. Combined with a decade running his own drinks consultancy business, working with leading brands such as Courvoisier, Campari, Grey Goose and Martin Millers, Alex launched his own spirit Kamm & Sons last year. Inspired by the traditional use of alcohol within medicine, Alex spent five years developing the recipe for Kamm & Sons, a spirit containing over 45 hand-selected botanical ingredients, (as well as ginseng, fresh grapefruit peel, manuka honey, juniper and goji berries to name but a few ingredients).

Alex will be writing a weekly recipe column for PORT, starting with this week’s cocktail The First Word.

THE FIRST WORD – Alex Kammerling, Kamm & Sons

Glass: Coupette
Method: Shake and strain
Garnish: Lemon zest

50ml Kamm & Sons
25ml Lemon juice
2 bar spoons Maraschino liqueur
2 bar spoons sugar syrup
Dash egg white


Alex Kammerling of Kamm & Sons
The First Word
The First Word: a rusty orange coloured drink served in a coupette glass, garnished with lemon peel
portrait of Alex Kammerling, courtesy of Addie Chin