Kelsey Ramage

Kelsey Ramage | Bartender Atlas

Who | Kelsey Ramage
Where | Los Angeles, California, USA
Current Bar | Trash Collective
Past Bar(s) | Dandelyan in London and previously The Oakwood in Vancouver
Favourite Spirit | Rum and Tequila (yes I get two)
Favourite Juice | You drink the juice, I’ll take the pulp.
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Mai Tai
Favourite Part of the Job | I feel like my life is throwing party after party and I love it. It’s a constant change of scenery, ramping up to events, creating rooms and experiences that people haven’t seen before, thats the fun part.
Favourite After Work Drink | Beer and a shot
Favourite at Home Drink | Wine
Favourite bar in the world | Ramblin Rascal (Sydney)
Best known for | Throwing a damn party
Best story from behind the wood | I guess the first one that comes up didn’t actually happen to me but to a co-worker when I was off one night. He was working as an actor, and was getting a festival off the ground. It was a quiet night and a guy walked in and had dinner alone, was travelling on business even though this bar was a bit of a destination spot. They got to talking about the festival and life in general. When the man left he had left exactly the amount that the bartender needed to get his festival off the ground. Was a big sum, and we never saw him again.

What do you collect? I have recently moved and freed myself of a lifetime of collecting PEZ dispensers. Shockingly, they were work nothing lol.
Favourite thing about your city? Los Angeles – I love it here! No more shitty weather, outdoors is all within a 30-45 min drive, so much opening in the city that it’s hard to even keep up with!
What was the last photo that you took? This is so boring but cocktail shots for Black Lagoon. We’re dropping more glassware this year so I did a big ol cocktail shoot yesterday!
Where was your last vacation?  I went home for Christmas, but that doesn’t really count does it? Sounds like I need one!
Any claims to fame? Fermenting literally everything.

Red or White? Both
Cointreau or Grand Marnier? We actually make our own curacao which is awesome and we use for everything. Check the recipe. Closer to Pierre Ferrand.
London or Paris?  London for me!
Glass or Tin? Tin

Are you available for freelance gigs? My life is a freelance gig.
Find her: Instagram | Trash Collective Instagram
Media:MUNCHIES – These Zero-Waste Cocktails Are Made with Old Pineapple and Used Coffee Grounds
Imbibe – Iain Griffiths and Kelsey Ramage to launch sustainability initiative
Difford’s Guide – Trash Tiki
VOGUE – These “Trash Cocktails” Are Made With Actual Garbage—And Are Delicious