The Decisive Moment

In a week long ‘shark tank’ competition for North America’s next wave of mixologist stars, Longo beat out 11 other North American bartender pros over three dynamic challenges with this winning concoction, featuring Bombay Sapphire Gin, Fortified Bergamont, Sherry Lactic Blend, and drops of coconut oil and coffee balsamic to float on top for garnish. Disclosure: This article is intended for those 21 and over and not advised for anyone under the age of 21.

He also pitched his/her creative dream in the Canvas Challenge of Shoshin, a private members club for industry people where artistry meets mixologist, for a new $25,000 Creative Grant that will enable him to bring Shoshin to life. Hailing from Miami, Longo joins an illustrious roster of esteemed mixologists that are redefining and elevating the industry’s creative standards.

Miami’s Valentino Longo was crowned the 2019 Most Imaginative Bartender in Chicago (Shannon Sturgis) Below are 2 of his coctail recipies we feature today. 

Valentino Longo – The Decisive Moment

1.50 Oz Bombay Sapphire Gin

0.75 Oz Fortified Bergamot

1.25 Oz Sherry Lactic Blend

Garnish: 2 Drops coconut olive oil, 2 drops of coffee balsamic


Valentino Longo – No grain in my pic

1.5 OZ Bombay Sapphire

0.75 Oz Coffee Infused sweet vermouth

0.75 Oz ”No grain” cordial

Ginger, cardamom, coriander, white pepper,cirtic.magi/tartaric acid, lime peel, thyme, lavander

1.5 Oz Soda Water

Garnish: Rhubarb