Some drink-makers call themselves bar chefs; some call themselves mixologists; Albert Trummer calls himself an apothéker. He crafts his cocktails with herbs and botanicals to create not just your average beverage, but an elixir. Trummer borrows techniques from the kitchen and apothecary to stir up masterpieces that blur the line between chemistry and art.
The Austrian-born apothéker makes a mission of importing obscure herbs and ingredients from Europe, and collecting recipes from monks and monasteries to make his herbal remedies and infusions. He is known in the industry as a cocktail artist; one who meticulously blends fresh fruits, botanicals, and secret elixirs to create his signature beverages.
Trummer now calls his Chinatown lounge (a former opium den) Apothéke home, which he opened in 2008 with partner (and food writer) Heather Tierney. Before that, Trummer worked for David Bouley, the Chambers Hotel, Home Bar on Shelter Island, and 60 Thompson.