LDNER #59 ALEX KAMMERLING

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This week’s Londoner is Alex Kammerling, entrepreneur and maker of the first British Aperitif, Kamm & Sons. We catch some words below…

Firstly, how long have you been in the big smoke and where’s home?

I moved to London in 1997 to become an artist. I was living in Whitechapel with 8 others, I was making art in my studio in Cable St. in the day and making cocktails in the West End in the evenings. I now live in Crouch Hill with my fiancé. Although it is a bit of a mission to get to (Compared to Highbury where Kamm & Sons was invented) it is lovely and quiet and means I can have my office in the shed at the end of the garden!

How did Kamm & Sons come about?

Not easily. The whole recipe development and design took 5 years to perfect and involved whittling down hundreds of botanicals to just 41 including ginseng, fresh grapefruit and juniper. Kamm & Sons was born from the need for a healthier British pre-dinner spirit to compete with the classic Italian and French Aperitif’s.

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Can you give our readers an easy cocktail recipe to make at home?

Kamms Bitter Lemon. Simply fill a tall glass with Ice cubes, add 50ml Kamm & Sons, 150ml Fever-Tree Bitter Lemon and garnish with a stick of celery and a lemon wedge.

You obvs know your drinks, what’s your favourite cocktail and where can we find it?

Everything they make at Oskars bar at Dabbous is fantastic

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Finally, what would your perfect day in London be?

I love the diversity and juxtposition of architecture and culture in London, so it would be a day that included people-watching in Mayfair, food shopping in Broadway Market, visiting art galleries in Shoreditch and drinking cocktails in Soho.

Sounds like a pretty good day to us! Want to learn more about Kamm and Sons? Then check out the website.

Photographs by Addie Chinn