Hero Bar Hosts “Handshake Speakeasy”

Article by Maureen Kasuku
Posted: October 06, 2022  

Nairobi’s leading bar Hero Bar and Restaurant (ranked number 68 globally) hosted Rodrigo Urraca & Eric Van Beek—Co-owners of Handshake Speakeasy; currently the top ranked bar in Mexico, number 2 in North America, and number 25 globally. Handshake Speakeasy which opened in 2021 has already earned global accolades and brings world class innovation in the art of mixology inspired by a minimalistic agenda with Latin American flavors.

The guest bartenders showcased their creations that included:

  • Coco Bongo – Tanqueray Dry Gin, Ketel One, lemongrass, coconut, pandan
  • Pina Colada – Bahari Kenyan Rum, pineapple, coconut, vanilla, micro-coriander
  • Butter Mushroom Old Fashioned – Bulleit Bourbon, browned butter, walnut maple, and mushroom
  • Mexi Thai – Don Julio Blanco, Ketel One, coconut, basil oil, makrut lime, tomato water
  • Pome Cuvee – Johnnie Walker Black Label, green apple, Amontillado Sherry, absinthe

The Handshake duo has created their own style to handcraft cocktails using techniques such as fat
washing, carbonation, milk punching and distillation. They have set up a sustainable program in partnership
with local producers & providers for the award winning cocktails based on three pillars; flavor, aesthetics
and innovation.

Hero bar promises to host more guest bartenders from some of the top bars in the world.  See pics from the bar takeover HERE

About the author

Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life


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