Or Bangara

ARAD, ISRAEL

“I was a heavyweight boxer in Israel.”


– Or Bangara

Where are you working? What’s your bar like?
I’m working in a cocktail bar named "Zalama Acb" (acbar cocktail bar). The bar is in the south of Israel in a city called Beer Sheva. It is the first and the only cocktail bar in the south. It's a tribute to speakeasy bar in the prohibition year's, we have over 100 classics cocktails with house menu that change every six months. Fine Bedouin hospitality.

Tell me about your experience, what have you done before?
I’m only a bartender for 2.5 years so I started my journey in my home town in a sports bar serving bear's and fast-food and after a year I moved to Bar Sheva and found the "zalama Acb". The place I am working till today.

Zalama Acb (acbar cocktail bar), in Arad, Israel

Zalama Acb (acbar cocktail bar), in Arad, Israel

Why did you decide to become a bartender?
When I worked at the bar I was curious about all the types of alcohol at the bar so I started reading about it and what can you do with them. Jameson for example, I found that it’s more than a shot or a low ball with ice. You can create so much more that. And then I realized that being a bartender is what I want. liquid chef!

Do you have a mentor in the Industry, an inspiration, or someone you would like to thank?
My inspiration and all the reason I became a bartender is my girlfriend. I used to be a truck driver, and she saw that I didn't enjoy the job. She set me up for a job interview at the neighbourhood pub in my hometown, and since then she's pushing me to get as far as possible. And she's also my secret card. Her profession is herbalist and she knows everything that I need to know about herbs and fruits and vegetables, so I really want to say thank you very much for everything.

Tell me about the inspiration behind the cocktail you created for Jameson Barrelmen’s Homecoming?
I want the world to see that there others places in Israel, not just Tel Aviv, and my cocktail honours the craftsmen who choose to work and developing the south of Israel.

Where did you find the ingredients?
Most of the ingredients are grown in my backyard, and by farmers in my area. And right behind my house there's a little boutique winery where I got amazing red wine.

Are there any producers you would like to highlight?
Tempo helped me with everything that I needed.
The winery Midbar (desert) that gave me the wine.

If I visit your city, what should I see/eat/drink?
First thing that you should do in Arad is go for a hike in Judean desert and go to the local bar and enjoy a cold beer in the heat of the desert. And you must come to my bar in Beer Sheva, Zalame ACB

What is your best JBH 2019 memory?
The best memory from JBH19 is when we were in the giant garden at Ballymaloe House. I have never seen something like that and we had chance to work with other bartenders from around the world and see and meet people from different countries, connecting and creating an exact menu and crazy techniques.

What is the next city you would like to visit?
The next city I would like to visit is in Ethiopia- Gonder. I heard stories about this place that have plenty of sweet water and everything they need to eat or drink grows around them and also the landscape is amazing

The Recipe

Backyard punch

Or Bangara's signature Jameson Whiskey cocktail that he competed in the Jameson Mix Master competition with in 2019
  • 50ml Jameson Black Barrel
  • 10ml Homemade Honey Liquor*
  • 20ml Farm to Glass Syrup**
  • 30ml Backyard Citrus Mix***
  • Tonic Water
  • Fragranced Orange Blossom Water
  • Lavender leaf for garnish
  • Add Jameson Black Barrel, Honey Liquor, Farm to Glass Syrup and Backyard Citrus mix to a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Shake and fine strain to highball glass with ice.
  • Top with tonic water.
  • Perfume the glass with orange blossom water.
  • Garnish with lavender leaf.

Ingredients

  • 50ml Jameson Black Barrel
  • 10ml Homemade Honey Liquor*
  • 20ml Farm to Glass Syrup**
  • 30ml Backyard Citrus Mix***
  • Tonic Water
  • Fragranced Orange Blossom Water
  • Lavender leaf for garnish

How To Make

  • Add Jameson Black Barrel, Honey Liquor, Farm to Glass Syrup and Backyard Citrus mix to a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Shake and fine strain to highball glass with ice.
  • Top with tonic water.
  • Perfume the glass with orange blossom water.
  • Garnish with lavender leaf.

*Homemade Honey Liquor: Combine 1L Jameson original, 600g honey, 600ml water, 1tsp dried lavender, 350g honeycomb, 30ml orange bitter, 20ml Jameson sloe berry bitter, 20ml aromatic bitters, 2 oranges peeled, and 2 cinnamon sticks in a saucepan. Put on low heat for 30 mins to infuse. Strain, chill and bottle it.

**Farm to Glass Syrup: Combine 900ml cabernet sauvignon, 450g white sugar, 3g dried lavender, 20ml chili extract, and 500ml almond syrup in a saucepan. Put on low heat until the sugar is dissolved and the lavendar is fragrant. Strain, chill and bottle it.

***Backyard citrus mix: 1to1 fresh oranges and lime (from my backyard).

“My cocktail honours the craftsmen who choose to work and developing the south of Israel”


– Or Bangara

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