Chilled 100 Spotlight: Ben Potts
Meet Ben Potts! Ben is a Miami native who enjoys all things beverage. In addition to his enthusiasm for liquid delights, Ben enjoys exercising, purchasing too many power tools, and pursuing wellness in all aspects of life. Ben is currently the Bar Director for Beaker & Gray Group where he enjoys telling people what to do at both Beaker & Gray and The Sylvester. His favorite cocktail is the one he’s drinking.
What’s your go-to cocktails?
Generally, since I’m more of a marathon drinker, I opt for a Gin Rickey. When I’m in a bitter mood, I go for a Boulevardier.
What are your favorite cocktail trends?
I’m a big fan of the incorporation of adaptogens and other healthful additives that enhance the suitability of a cocktail.
Do you have any unique skills / what separates you from other bartenders?
I’m a very systems-oriented person. I tend to steer to start with function and then adapt the form to suit it.
What cocktail ingredient could you not live without? What ingredient is overrated?
Water, without a doubt, could not be replaced in a cocktail. I think Clairin, while I like it very much, might be getting a little too much play.
What’s one piece of advice you could have given yourself when you first started out as a bartender?
Enjoy the lifestyle but be more conscientious about living a more balanced lifestyle. Oh, and start an IRA early.