Tres Times the Charm for Barman Joel Baker

They say the greatest trick El Diablo ever pulled was convincing the world he was just a tasty cocktail.

Two months ago Joel Baker, formerly bar manager at Bourbon & Branch and the Burritt Room, was brought on to enhance the bar and cocktail menu at Tres. Baker explained that, “The aim is to get the bar back to where it was when they opened, when Jacques [Bezuidenhout], Ryan [Fitzgerald], and Marco [Dionysos], their all-star bartending cast, were here.”

We can expect modern interpretations of classic tequila drinks to start showing up on the menu, but also improvements to the house collection of spirits. Baker plans to start phasing out some of the mass-produced spirits on the shelf and replace them with more artisanal tequilas and mezcals. To complement the tequilas, the bar will also start serving new housemade sangritas, one with a traditional tomato base, and a more tropical alternative based on pineapple.

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