Jan 16, 2023
In this conversation with drinks
entrepreneur and educator Ryan Chetiyawardana, some of the topics
we discuss include:
- The origin story of the name “Mr. Lyan” and how
Ryan’s family relationships with movers and shakers in the design
and fashion world influenced the wide scope and inclusive lens of
his bar projects.
- Ryan’s framework for creativity and drink
creation, which incorporates input at all levels of the bar team
and thrives on the diversity of experience and passion of bar
managers, bartenders, and even barbacks.
- How the question of privilege in the cocktail
world has led Ryan to explore everything from eliminating ice from
his bar program, to using the “less desirable” cuts of citrus, to
exploring the role of sea level rise in a recent bar
- We also explore how he thinks about cocktail
education, including his recent cocktail Masterclass with Lynette
Marrero and the one key teaching about balance that might just
cause you to rethink the way you approach drink design.
- Along the way, we gloss over a few other boring
little details, like how to use moon rocks as gin botanicals, the
decimal point that launched a thousand spinach enterprises, where
to grab a drink with David Bowie in London, and much, much
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