We speak with Raymond Edwards, Chief Mixologist for House of Angostura during Bar Convent Brooklyn.
Raymond’s passion for mixology, coupled with his innate curiosity, motivated him to take part in mixology competitions, and soon after he was crowned Triple National Bartending Champion of Trinidad and Tobago in 2006-2008 and Bartender of the Year (Taste of the Caribbean) in 2007. Raymond also won the People’s Choice Award at the ANGOSTURA Global Cocktail Challenge that same year. Recognizing his talent, the Caribbean Hotel Association inducted Raymond into their Hall of Fame in 2012.
His curiosity did not stop there. Having had the pleasure of collaborating with some of the industry’s top mixologists and developing an acute understanding of the fundamentals of spirits, Raymond decided to enroll in the World Spirits Academy, where he earned his certification as a Master of World Spirits.
Raymond is known for his unique creations including the “Saga Boy Mojito,” “The Trinidad Swizzle” and the “T’Amaro Morning.” Raymond enjoys leading Master Classes where he can educate and inspire bartenders and share his love of the craft.
After 12 years in the industry, Raymond’s philosophy on the role of the bartender can be summarized by three key qualities: “You must first understand the ingredients, then the consumer, and ultimately, you must have passion for your craft.”