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How to Be the First Female Bartender at Dukes Bar, London, with Mariantonietta Varamo
Episode 1147th May 2019 • Lush Life • Susan L. Schwartz
00:00:00 00:33:11

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Can you say that one gelato changed your life? For our next guest, being served an ice cream cone introduced her to the world of hospitality and she never looked back. From the age of 12, Mariantonietta Varamo has been on a fast track to making her dreams come true. Thank goodness for us, she choose to be behind the bar.

Little did Mariantonietta know when she left Italy for London that she would be the one to shake things up at Dukes Bar. As the first female bartender at that bastion of martinis and boulevardiers, she would be put to the test. She passed with flying colors and now she is managing GBR, Dukes Hotel’s other bar and restaurant. With this track record, who knows what she has planned next.

Our Cocktail of the Week is the Misty Negroni.


  • DOM Benedictine infused with coffee beans
  • Martini Bianco vermouth
  • Ardbeg 10 Whisky
  • 3 drops of sweet orange bitters
  • Slice of orange


Build over ice in an Old Fashioned glass. Stir well and serve with a slice of orange.

You’ll find the cocktail martini recipe and all the cocktails on, where you’ll also find all the ingredients in our shop.

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Always remember the wise words of Oscar Wilde, “All things in moderation, including moderation,” and always drink responsibly!


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