Christos Kalaitzis

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Born and raised in Greece, Christos Kalaitzis honed his passion for the beverage world through coffee by learning the intricate techniques of milling, roasting, use of equipment and speed tending.

After attending both the European Bartending School and Illinois Bartending School, Kalaitzis shifted from his previous role as a barista to becoming a full-fledged bartender. He began focusing on the creation and expansion of cocktail and coffee menus at various cocktail bars in Greece, including many restaurants in the Papadopoulos Company.

His devotion to mixology grew rapidly, which eventually led him to start his own cocktail bar in Athens, called The Hug.

Throughout his career, Kalaitzis explored the world of mixology by participating in many competitions. His dedication to the craft earned him many titles, including 2012 European Cocktail Grand Prix winner and finalist at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans.Kalaitzis’ also taught at the Leading Bartenders Society UK, where he shared his passion for mixology with emerging new bartending talent. While he was in the UK, London Drink Up awarded Kalaitzis for his molecular techniques and innovative cocktail presentation.

After working as the Bar Manager at the Pentelikon 5 Stars Luxury Hotel in Kifisia, Kalaitzis has since become a Spirits Brand Ambassador and Mixologist at Central City Brewers & Distillers in Surrey, British Columbia. In this role, he continues to craft new cocktails, while consulting on spirits development. Recently, he travelled to the United States to judge at the 2016 San Diego International Spirits Competition.


Recipes

Rapid Infusion with a Vacuum Siphon



Tea in Recipe

Loose Leaf Tea | Green

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