Who | Liz Furlong
Where | San José, Costa Rica
Current Bar | Maza Bistro and Bebedero
Past Bar(s) | Alma de Amon, Mangroove Hotel (Guanacaste, Costa Rica), Hotel Belmar (Monteverde, Costa Rica), King & Grove (Brooklyn, New York, no longer open)
Favourite Spirit | Mezcal
Favourite Juice | Grapefruit
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Bijou
Favourite Part of the Job | Experimenting and coming up with new ways to use old ingredients
Favourite After Work Drink | Negroni
Favourite at Home Drink | Mezcal or whisky neat
Favourite bar in the world | Maison Premiere (Brooklyn)
Best known for | Jungle bartending. I love using tropical ingredients (often foraged or freshly picked) and traditional remedies to work into my drinks. From learning how to make chicha with native Cabecar tribesmen to talking with the medicine ladies in the central market to learn about herbal extracts, I’m interested in modifying tradition to showcase local Costa Rican ingredients.
Best story from behind the wood | Served Liv Tyler a vodka soda.
What do you collect? Mezcal
Favourite thing about your city? San Jose, Costa Rica is up-and-coming, so I love the rawness, art, and budding gastronomy scene that is popping up and that I am helping grow. I also love how sustainable Costa Ricans naturally are brought up to be which becomes a big part of the development of the city.
What was the last photo that you took? Churros and hot chocolate in El Moro, definitely worth a trip when in Mexico City!
Where was your last vacation? Osa Penninsula, Costa Rica.
Any claims to fame? Tales Cap 2015, Runamok 2016, Stag at The Aviary Chicago 2016, Barra México closing party 2017, Co- Founder: Cocina Josefina -San Jose Costa Rica gastronomy collective, Founder: La sociedad del cóctel – CR bartenders guild, Co-Owner: Maza Bistro & Bebedero
Red or White? Red
Cointreau or Grand Marnier? Cointreau
London or Paris? Paris
Glass or Tin? Tin
Are you available for freelance gigs? Yes
Find her: LizFurlong.com | Instagram
Media: Pressreader – Un Con la pareja ideal
Munchies – Slow Food and Jungle Bartending in Costa Rica
Munchies – La Maldita
NewWorlder – The Enormous Culinary Potential of Costa Rica
EGO 44 – CITY GUIDE SAN JOSÉ
NewWorlder – Restaurant Openings: August 2017
Tales of the Cocktail – Tales of the Cocktail Announces 2015 Mexico City Apprentice Team
Tales of the Cocktail – 23 Traveling Bartenders Share Their Best Tips for Smart Packing
Apetito – EN UNA FUSIÓN DE SABORES, PIONEROS EN CONCEPTO DE LA HUERTA A LA MESA SE UNEN EN MONTEVERDE
The Tico Times News – Giving guaro a second sip
Sabores – Chili guaros de salsa mignonette
Sabores – Mimosa de jamaica y fresa
EF – De vuelta al pasado: sembrar para comer
Healthy Happiness – BEBIDAS
Perfil – 10 originales recetas de sangría: el mediterráneo en una copa
Traffic – FUSIÓN PARA EL PALADAR
La Nacion – Barrio ocupa al Steinvorth con panadería