JOHNNY ESPOSITO

by Antonio Albert, Photograph by Alberto Alcocer June 2016 LIFESTYLE Read in PDF format N9/2016
JOHNNY ESPOSITO Esposito has opened an acrobatic cocktail making school where he teaches his flair art with the passion of someone who loves his worke

He has the name of a film character and, as a good Napolitan, his life is fitting for a movie. An avid traveller, he has worked in London, Austria, Switzerland and of course, his native Italy where he learnt everything in the hospitality business through the guidance of Michelin star chefs Andrea Nocci and Gioacchino Pontrelli. His first contact with acrobatic cocktail making was in Perugia, although the end result was not the desired one. “My knowledge was just theoretical, and this work requires the precision that you can only acquire with practice. Since I chose this job I spend eight hours a day rehearsing”. When we ask what is needed to dominate the flair, his face brightens up: “Flair is, by definition, manipulation. You require technique to juggle the bottles and the cocktail shaker but at the same time you have to respect the perfect quantity for each combination. Also, it’s about seducing the clients before they taste their drinks. You can juggle four bottles, but sometimes just a smile is enough to win over the clients”. The most important thing is “to be predisposed, be constant and have attitude. It is always good to have a bit of physiologic intuition, which can be as relevant as having a good technique”. Esposito opened the school in Ibiza last October, but he has been nine years waiting to fulfil his dream. “I love motivating, educating and passing my passion for cocktail making. I prefer to teach people without experience but tons of motivation, who go from not knowing anything to becoming real professionals due to their efforts”. Like Tom Cruise in Cocktail, a movie that propelled this profession to stardom. An expert on the level required by Ibiza clients, Johnny takes his creativity to extends, “I’m working in a luxury champagne and caviar cocktail, served in an spectacular way. It will be an unforgettable experience for the clients”.

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