Mixologist Joaquín Simó of Pouring Ribbons - Biography
New York, NY
Joaquín Simó has traveled a long way from his native Ecuador in his search for the perfect daiquiri. Raised amongst a Cuban family in Miami, Simó grew up eating fruits and vegetables fresh from his grandfather's farm and helping his father at his French bakery. His epicurean roots firmly established, Simó sought out new seasons and sensations in New England, eventually graduating from Boston University with a degree in English and religion. To make ends meet, Simó tended bar in crowded college dives, raucous rock n' roll bars, neighborhood restaurants, and trendy hot spots, all the while furthering his education on food, spirits, flavor combinations, and balance.
Part of the opening staff at New York's acclaimed cocktail bar Death & Company, Simó was finally able to put his English major to good use, regaling customers with the hallowed history of classic spirits and cocktails. Beyond bringing staid cocktail culture to life, Simó served as deputy editor for the 2009 and 2010 Food & Wine Cocktails books, contributing the Latin Drinks chapter, front and back matter, and recipe-testing for both books. He has also worked on several food-cocktail pairing dinners with underground supper club NY Bite Club.
As for formal training, the street-seasoned Simó was awarded BAR Ready status in 2009 (and soon after named one of Playboy's Top 10 Mixologists for that year). Although he might be tempted to rest on those attractive laurels, Simó is constantly working the cocktail circuit. He has served as a panelist at Tales of the Cocktail, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, and the Gourmet Latino Festival, and is currently a partner in Alchemy Consulting. He has been nominated for American Bartender of the Year for 2011 Spirited Award at Tales of the Cocktail.