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Paris Christofides

Paris Christofides

Paris Christofides is a World traveler, a connoisseur of lifestyle and a perceiver of situations. He has the charisma of seeing through things but seeing things coming in the future as trends although often creating trends! He is an extremely creative person capable of putting things together in a unique manner and has a way to present simple things in a stunning way. He is highly communicative and a people’s person thus a good trainer. He is flexible and adaptable coming from being a gypsy and an aristocrat the same time. His trade is being a consultant on food/drink and music, design and atmosphere, organization and management, personality coaching and…concepts, concepts, concepts!

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Although fiber can  help lower your  blood sugar and blood pressure levels, prevent inflammation and protect heart health, it can also reduce the lipoprotein or "bad" cholesterol levels. The cynarin in artichokes increases bile production in your liver, which in turn rids cholesterol from your body.

The artichoke  is described as a garden plant in the 8th century BC by Homer and Hesiod. The naturally occurring variant of the artichoke, the cardoon (Cynara cardunculus), which is native to the Mediterranean area,   it also has records of use as a food among the ancient Greeks and Romans.

In the Mediterranean and North Afrika where it was first spread it is been used in many dishes as casseroles but often eaten raw for best nutritional results. Today’s story has no significant nutritional value but lots of calories …

Hacker, when behind the bar plays and experiments .On this occasion hacker made a velvety artichoke syrup where 2 cl of this and 6 cl Diplomatico Exclusiva rum, with few equal dashes of Bitter truth’s  roots and grapefruit were stirred to compile many(!) rum old fashioned cocktails to celebrate our WWW.SPEAKEASYHACKER.COM  1ST birthday celebration with all the people involved ! It was pizzas, cocktails and lots of funny stories. Enjoy and thank you for visiting us!


Just Google rum ambassador and the name comes first! No need for introductions to the rum Guru, global ambassador of rum Ian Burrell. And what a story he made!

He started the drama school while a friend encouraged him to try be behind the bar. Being once a basketball player, a hip hop artist, a TV presenter and more...., when placed behind the bar, all these charismas and talents navigated him to elevate himself and to dreams come true!

He spreads the word rum to all corners of the world and shares experiences with everyone as his mission is unique. ' As a rum ambassador I travel the world promoting the category of rum by way of trade & consumer rum tastings ; Cocktail demonstrations for bartenders and the public ; TV presenting ; MCing and hosting rum events ; Judging cocktail competitions; Consulting for rum companies and brands; writing articles and most importantly drinking rums'.

His passion for rum and cocktails is infectious and in 2007 he not only created the world’s first international Rum festival (The UK RumFest), he also inspired the birth of rum festivals around the world including Miami, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Prague, Hong Kong and Cape Town. Described as an  “Edu-tainer”, he is in constant demand by rum companies and organisations to give key note speeches, rum tastings, cocktail presentations and demonstrations to trade & consumers alike.

He is definitely an inspiration to all in the bartender’s world not only for his success story and his sphere of activities but as a knowledgeable rum connoisseur and a persona with a smile to embrace the whole world!



As we understood from Ian Burrell, although rum has still a way to develop its audience and teach them on how to understand what they consume, the producers also use so many different methods of production worldwide. There are so many different rules and regulations, everyone has a different interpretation of rum. There will be developments in this area and countries will introduce ways to classify production methods and correct labeling. Rum will take its proper course like Champagne or Cognac in France, and so will the rum of Barbados, the rum of Jamaica made in a specific way and labeled accordingly so that the rum production worldwide can stand at its right posture.

At the interview with Speakeasyhacker, Ian Burrell announced that he is planning a European Rum tour called Rum DnC. (Rum demonstration & cocktails). This tour is directed to personally educate bartenders about the current trends in rum and cocktails.  During this tour he will be working with some of the top bartenders in Europe as his special guests for over 8 months and they will visit cities such as Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Athens, Nicosia and Warsaw. No doubt Speakeasyhacker will have another article on this.

Another great idea coming soon from Ian is the project for the world launch of his Tiki Mug. This will be created by the famous French ceramist and Tiki designer "Bai”. We quote a message of her philosophy 'What Baï loves in this universe is an absence of elitism… Tiki is a way to create an escape from the monotony of everyday life, everyone can create their own Tiki universe at home’. Bai's design for the global rum ambassador, Ian Burrell is based on the God called "Hattiki" which is the Tiki God of Hip Hop & Rum

And ’I love rum and cheers' from Ian with that big smile on his face!



Say No To A Straw !

in Booze
on: 13 January 2018


Inspired by an underwater photo, THE SPEAKEASYHACKER team unveiled a a whole brainstorming chapter.


The powerful photo, named “sewage surfer”, was taken near Indonesia's Sumbawa Island by California-based photographer Justin Hofman, who was shortlisted for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year by UK’s Natural History Museum Sept 2017. It needs no text!

The photographer shared his work on his personal Instagram account, and describes it as a photo he wished didn’t exist. “But now that it does I want everyone to see it.”  


What is this world we are leading ! So much it’s been written and yet so much needs to be done on the planet. So many quotes but such little action on campaigns. Hacker on a note of World preservation joined the movement and greets Vivienne Westwood’s initiative to back the anti straw campaign in the US.

We support and work by the side of ‘‘THE LAST STRAW’ and dedicate the SPEAKEASYHACKER team to promote the ‘ Say no to a straw’ throughout !

Do you need a straw in your Gin and tonic or your soft drink? Change your 20 minute affair with your plastic coffee cup and a plastic straw almost twice a day! Use no straw or demand a paper straw instead! You as a bartender, create drinks without straws, you as a waitor, the barista serve paper straws only if asked. And you as a consumer………..make the change!








‘Like other plastics, they never biodegrade and take hundreds of years to break down. 

‘500 million straws are used and discarded every day in the United States alone. That’s 175 Billion a year filtering into landfills (environment) and littering our waterways and oceans’

‘70 million plastic straws entering landfill or making their way into the world’s oceans each year’

Say no to a straw at the bar, at the coffee shop and everywhere. Help reduce as plastic straws are not often recycled and plastic straws will remain in the environment for decades or even hundreds of years. Paper straws are easier to recycle and , by contrast, will eventually rot down.



Hacker challenges reputable and award winning establishments, bars restaurants, hotels, coffee shops, catering institutions, professional associations, hotel and tourism organizations and all individuals to join this campaign, SAY NO TO A STRAW!





P.S. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There are many alternatives to the Plastic Straw. Products listed below are great alternatives and we have provided links to their websites to help you make the change.:


Aardvark Straws: Paper straws rigid enough not to break down in your drink. Made in the USA from renewable resources, biodegradable & 100% compostable. Aardvark

Be Organic: Be Organic Glass Straws are an eco-friendly, tasteful alternative to wasteful, traditional plastic straws. They a major boon to the sustainability movement that is gathering steam worldwide and on the mystical Island of Bali, where the straws are made.

Glass Dharma Straws: Glass Drinking Straws offered in various styles and lengths for every type of beverage (hot and cold). Dishwasher safe and fully guaranteed. Glass Dharma

Simply Straws: Reusable glass straws, sustainable, durable, lifetime guarantee and handcrafted in California. Simply

Strawsome Straws: Reusable glass straws are all hand-made in Michigan. Fun, safe, and reusable glass drinking straws to people of all ages – making it easy to go green!

Eco at Heart Stainless Steel Straws: Products that are beautiful, high quality and kind to both you and the environment. Because we only get one body, and one planet.

Eco-Straws:”The Original Eco-Friendly Drinking Straws”, offering a wide range of unique, reusable and super stylish alternatives. eco-straws are manufactured from an array of practical and sustainable materials allowing them to be used time and time again including; Stainless Steel, Borosilicate Glass, Natural Bamboo and Titanium.

Stainless Steel Straws: The Mulled Mind. Innovative products made by hand in the USA and shipped in recycled or reused materials.

Titanium Straws: Made of food grade titanium, which is tasteless, odorless, does not corrode, is non-allergenic (to most of the world), and has an excellent weight to tensile strength ratio.

Bamboo Straws: The straws are made from real whole bamboo stalks – nothing recompressed or processed. They are washable and reusable.

Bambu Straws: Reusable bamboo straws are durable, beautiful and cut from nature.

Straw Free: The creators of have developed an eco-friendly alternative to plastic straws — bamboo straws. Each straw is unique and handcrafted using locally harvested bamboo.

Life Without Plastic: An Earth-friendly on-line store specializing in unique, healthy, durable, high quality alternatives to plastic for everyday household items.

Ice Straws: Make your own straws in the freezer. The mold is made of food-grade silicone rubber and will quickly make six 8-inch straws of whatever liquid you like.

Silicone Straws: Non-toxic, food-grade silicone is a healthy alternative to chemical-laden plastic. GreenPaxx Cool Straws™ are BPA-, phthalate- and PVC-free.

Khordz: Creators of individual, hand crafted, multi-purposed drink ware with the individual and the environment in mind.

Disgarded Designs: A family owned company that specializes in recycling and re-purposing goods, born from a desire to reduce waste and live a greener, healthier life.


Made from molasses and sugarcane “honey”, Diplomático rums are produced in the foot of the Andean Mountains in Venezuela and became favorite rums around the world claiming all sorts of awards relevant to their reputation.



Diplomatico planas, in the range of all the rums produced by the distillery, is aged for “up to 6 years” and charcoal filtered to simply strip the color out. It is white with a note of yellow.

Some maintain that it is targeted to mixologists and sets itself apart with its ABV at 47%, clearly aimed at Tiki drinks. However Hacker finds it as delicate GOURMET and excellent a white rum as you are likely to find. Yes the alcohol is there, coconut, lemony and when tasted notes of pineapple with perhaps licorice or spice at the end are evident to the palate. Yes, Planas to be used in the Daiquiris for perfection, or for medium to sweet cocktails but also sip it down on the rocks in a balloon glass for perfect senses awakening!

We visited RUM TREE in Larnaca/Cyprus, a bar dedicated to the glory of rum with a list of rums to do justice to the Noble spirit. And as Alex Christodoulides, its founder maintains a mission statement to pay a tribute to rum and spread the gospel of rum thus developing the taste of it to multiple guests and people in the industry.

We enjoyed the Diplomatico Planas and praised it’s excellence through sipping but also enjoying Rum tree’s stories, by Alex himself.




“One story tells according to popular legend; El Presidente was created by Eddie Woelke at the Jockey Club in Havana, probably during the mid-1920s. He was said to have named it after then-president of Cuba Gerardo Machado, who served from 1925 to 1933. Others tell otherwise. Don’t believe them all. Just drink :) Cheers!” Alex Christodoulides 



Following an El Presidente formula, this one goes through our basic elements of creativity: Copy, Transform, and Combine, resulting on an El Presidente with a twist, a Rum Tree twist. 


• 45 ml Diplomatico Planas
• 20 ml Dolin Dry Vermouth De Chambery
• 15 ml Grand Marnier 
• 10 ml Homemade Rosehip and Hibiscus Syrup 
• Dash of Aperol  
• Orange Twist


• Add all Ingredients and ice in a mixing glass
• Stir with high quality ice 
• Strain into an Old Fashioned glass 


• Garnish with Orange Peel twist  and Blackberries



Following a Daiquiri formula, it goes into our basic elements of creativity: Copy, Transform, and Combine, resulting on a Daiquiri with a twist, a Rum Tree twist, with an exotic fruity note and Mediterranean. 

“Suggested on warm sunny days of summer, a great drink to have before you hit those Mediterranean entrées” Alex Christodoulides


• 50 ml Diplomatico Planas 
• 10 ml Medium Dry Sherry 
• 30 ml Freshly Squeeze Pineapple Juice 
• 10 ml Demerara Sugar Syrup
• 15 ml of Mix Citrus Juice
• Loose Leaves of Arugula


• Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice 
• Shake  and double strain into a chilled coupe glass


Arugula Leaves and a sprinkle of white pepper 


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What’s your story now?

Pavlos comes from Thessaloniki/Greece where he has worked with many teams at reputable bars such as Vogatsikou 3 and Spitaki Cocktail Bar. He took part in many bartending competitions with distinction. He also won the Beefeater MixLdn CY Competition. He declares a rum fan while amongst the people that inspired him is Ago Perone and Marian Beke on the knowledge of ingredients. Pavlos is currently the Head Bartender  at the Columbia Beach but has a story for the hacker!


1. What’s the fuss right now in the bartending world? 

Simple and classy drinks, not so fancy as the previous years and of course the re-invented classics. We respect the classics. Premium and healthy products, detox, pickled, salty and of course Vermouth and Aperitivo cocktails. It will be the next big thing….


2. You have created a cocktail ‘El Pappy’s’ for the Bacardi Legacy 2017. What was the inspiration for it’s name and can we try it somewhere?

The inspiration behind El Pappy’s is the first Brand Ambassador of Bacardi Family, Pappy Valiente. A happy bartender-brand ambassador. A taxi driver. The man with the hut on his head. A man with a raised glass of Bacardi Rum welcoming the tourist. Hospitality at it’s best. 

That’s my inspiration… 

You can try my cocktail at my bar of course…at Columbia Beach, but you will try it also to many bars in the next month all around the Cyprus.



3. How far do you want to go with your story?

I want to go as far as I can, as far as the story of  my Bacardi Legacy cocktail can go. I will try and I will do my best. Anyway the journey is the most important thing. It’s like a bag  that you are fulfilling with knowledge and stories….I hope it will never end.


4. How difficult is it to feel so responsible from the time of forming the idea to the execution and the dream there after?

No idea I will explore it now…..hahahahaha


5. What do you see as the future of Pavlos?

Hmmm…difficult question. I don’t really know. First of all I don’t know if I will be here for the rest of my life or at another country, let’s say England, London. For now , I would like to create a team with bartenders-friends and to work for what we all love, bartending!


6. Going back to the competition, what do you think the judges will like on your creation?

I believe that the judges will like the story behind my drink, the simplicity and the refreshing character of El Pappy’s.



El Pappy’s

50ml Bacardi 8Anos 

15ml homemade chilly syrup

15ml fresh lime juice

15ml pineapple juice

10ml cinnamon syrup


method: shake

glassware: Collins

ice: crushed ice

garnish: half thin wheel of pineapple



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