THE TEAM AT THE HOUSE OF BOTANICALS
ADAM ELAN-ELMEGIRAB [FOUNDER & DIRECTOR]
Adam left his mark on the cocktail world when, in 2009 after 18 months of research, he reformulated Boker’s Bitters a century after they had disappeared. The passing of both Johann Gottlieb Boker and his son-in-law Louis Funke Jr., original custodians of the Boker’s brand, coupled with the ravages of Prohibition and the Pure Food & Drug act of 1906, meant that one of the finest bitters of the first Golden Age of the cocktail were lost to the sands of time.
Originally released in 1828 Boker’s Bitters gained fame as the favoured choice of Professor Jerry Thomas, author of the world’s first cocktail guide, ‘How to Mix Drinks or The Bon Vivant’s Companion’ printed in 1862. Following the closure of the company and the scarcity of discovering bottles, Boker’s became a Holy Grail for bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts, so it’s easy to understand how news of Elan-Elmegirab’s reformulation swiftly garnered global acclaim.
Starting his career in the drinks industry as a bartender toward the end of 2001, Adam spent the next decade working for and with a host of bars in Aberdeen, and around Scotland, where the potential to grow cocktail culture in his hometown superseded proposed moves to Edinburgh, London and New Orleans. Bartending provided the perfect arena to pursue his passion for food, drink and travel, heavily influenced by his upbringing and mixed background with Scottish, Libyan and Italian roots.
His work in consultancy, training and events went hand-in-hand with his primary role as a bartender, and first made the industry sit up and take notice before an unheralded run of local, national and international cocktail competition successes covering a three year period firmly put his name on the map. During this period Adam was also busy working on The Jerry Thomas Project, recreating all the drinks from Professor Thomas’ seminal tome. It was this venture which conceived the reformulation of Boker’s Bitters, and later the Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s brand.
When not shocking his palate with intensely bitter liquid, Adam travels extensively, writes for a number of drinks media publications, is the author of the Book of Bitters published in October 2017, has been a judge for Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards and is currently an academy member for Drink International’s World’s 50 Best Bars awards as well as a panelist for the CLASS Bar Awards, preaches the virtues of the power of collaboration as seen with his work alongside a number of world famous bars and brands, and regularly presents seminars and tastings at national and international cocktail events such as Boutique Bar Show, Whisky Live Paris, Whisky Live Dublin, Prague Bar Show, London Cocktail Week and Tales of the Cocktail.
RICKY CHAN [PRODUCTION ASSISTANT & AMBASSADOR]
Joining Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s Bitters & Botanical Spirits on January 8th 2018, Ricky Chan came on board following a career in the bar industry spanning a decade, and to begin the next stage of his career in the food & drinks industry.
Starting his career in 2008 as a bar-back at Mim in Aberdeen – a former bar consultancy project for Adam Elan-Elmegirab – Ricky worked his way up though the ranks as bartender, to head-bartender and latterly manager at Dusk in his hometown, becoming a well-known figure in the Scottish bartending community.
Having already worked closely with our brand at events in London and Dublin, as well as being the runner-up in our inaugural cocktail competition in 2015, he has developed a deep understanding of our companies ethics, objectives and long term goals and has witnessed first-hand how our business continues to evolve and grow to stay at the forefront of beverage production.
With family hailing from Hong Kong, Ricky brings a wealth of well-travelled experience to his multi-faceted role of production assistant, ambassador and in promoting the brand through a range of on & off trade activities. Expect to see Ricky pop-up around the globe on both sides of the bar, and at drink’s events near you, as we continue to take Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s Bitters and The House of Botanicals spirits portfolio around the world.