Colin Peter Field

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Colin Peter Field
Born17 May 1961 (1961-05-17) (age 62)
Rugby, West Midlands, England
Occupation(s)Bartender, author
Known forForbes and Travel + Leisure magazines, the world's best bartender. Head bartender at the Hemingway Bar of the Hôtel Ritz Paris.

Colin Peter Field (born 17 May 1961 at Rugby, West Midlands, England)[1][2] is a bartender and author who has been ranked as best bartender in the world by Forbes and Travel + Leisure magazines. He is the head bartender at the Hemingway Bar of the Hôtel Ritz Paris, voted Best of the Best Bar in the World by Virtuoso in Las Vegas in 2016, and has invented several drinks, such as the Picasso Martini, Highland Cream, Serendipity and Clean Dirty Martini. He is involved in the training of students for bartending in France and in Switzerland, and has authored the books The Cocktails of the Ritz Paris and Cocktails, A Simple Story.


Forbes and Travel + Leisure magazines have stated that Field is the world's best bartender.[3][4] Forbes stated Field was the world's best bartender in 1997, 2001, and 2004.[1][5] Field has presided over the Hemingway Bar at Hôtel Ritz Paris as head bartender.[4][6] since its opening in 1994,[7] though the hotel closed for refurbishment in 2012 and opened in 2016.[8]

Field earned the Silver Medal for the Scott Cup for French Bartenders in 1982[citation needed] before going on to take the Silver Medal for the World title (Martini Grand Prix for Bartenders in the same year.[citation needed]

He was the first bartender to be published in the French version of Who's Who,[3] which occurred in 2011.[1] Field has offered cocktail courses to the public at the Hôtel Ritz Paris, in which participants receive a signed certificate from Field upon completion of the course,[3] and is involved in the training of students for bartending and degree courses in the Cesar Ritz school in Montreux, Switzerland.

In 2011 Field created the world's first degree for Bartenders in France.[9][failed verification] The M.O.F.(Meilleure Ouvrier de France). This is a B.A.C +2 level 3 from the Sorbonne University.[10][failed verification] Field was recruited by the French restaurant La Mer, located in Honolulu, Hawaii, as a consultant in the redesign of its L'Aperitif bar and drink menu.[5] The bar's cocktail list was developed by Field.[5] Field also reworked the drink list for the restaurant's Lewers Lounge.[11] He has also provided consulting for hotels, such as the Carlyle Hotel and The Mark Hotel in New York.[1] He has worked on short missions or events in The Ritz Hotel, The Connaught Hotel, The Beaumont Hotel and Browns in London, The Taj Mumbai, The Pierre, and the Surrey Hotel in New York, The President Hotel and The Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, The Vittoria Excelsior in Sorrento, Il Pellicano Hotel in Porto Ercole, Tuscany and Cipriani Hotel in Venise also The Orient Express V.S.O.E. During the Ritz Closure between 2012 and 2016,[citation needed] Field was a consultant, event organiser and worked with Air France aboard the A380 and Boeing 777 making cocktails in the air in First Class and Business Class to New York, Houston, Miami, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Japan, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro.[citation needed]


Field has invented drinks[12] such as the Picasso Martini, which involves the use of an ice cube made with frozen dry vermouth and distilled water.[13] Another Field drink invention is the Highland Cream cocktail, which he created in 1982.[14][failed verification] The Serendipity, which includes champagne, apple juice and mint, among other items, is another one of his inventions.[15][failed verification] The World's first Clean Dirty Martini was invented in the Hemingway Bar in 2016.[16][failed verification]

Guinness World Records listed Field as preparing the "first most expensive cocktail in the world, titled the Ritz Sidecar, which originally was sold for 400 euros initiating a race around the world to create more and more expensive cocktails.[citation needed] The Ritz Side Car was priced at €1,500 in 2016 rates, this is approximately US$1,796 in 2016.[3] The current world record is held by Joel Heffernan's drink, the Winston, which was served on 7 February 2013 at Club 23, Melbourne, Australia.[17] His cocktail in 2013 was US$12,916.

Field was also the impetus for the now global bartender tweezers, originally using surgeons' tweezers in 1994. Field was rather embarrassed at the time but carried on using them in cocktail contests and behind the Hemingway bar, going on to patent a style of cocktail tweezers in France.[18][failed verification]


In 1983 at the Martini World Championships, Field won a silver medal for France and the Silver Medal for The Scott Cup France.[10][failed verification]


The Cocktails of the Ritz Paris is an illustrated book that covers various cocktails, their preparation and their history.[19] Kate Moss, a personal friend of Field's, wrote the preface to Field's book.[3] Moss is a regular customer at the Hemingway bar.[3]


  • The Cocktails of the Ritz Paris. Simon and Schuster. 2003. ISBN 0743247523.

"Cocktails, A simple Story" Editions de La Martiniere, 2010.[ISBN missing]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Biography". Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  2. ^ Barsamian, Edward (4 March 2011). "The Insider: Colin Peter Field". T: The New York Times Style Magazine. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Brunton, John (30 October 2010). "Making cocktails at the Paris Ritz". Financial Times. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  4. ^ a b Cheng, Martha (14 February 2013). "Honolulu's most romantic bar: L'Aperitif at the Halekulani". Honolulu Magazine. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Geneganbus, Jason (9 July 2012). "Grind Time: L'Aperitif opens at Halekulani". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Insider: The barman to know in Paris is Colin, at the Ritz's Bar Hemingway". Forbes. 11 March 2006. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  7. ^ Tillier, Alan; Spenley, Katherine (2012). DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Paris. Penguin. p. 317. ISBN 0756691192
  8. ^ "Paris ZigZag".
  9. ^ l'hotellerie journal
  10. ^ a b "Playing the "Field"" (PDF). Liquid magazine. September–October 2009. pp. 40–42. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  11. ^ Wong, Randy (12 July 2013). "Bar report: Lewers Lounge". Honolulu Magazine. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  12. ^ "Book chronicles cocktails' creation". Chicago Tribune. 26 November 2003. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  13. ^ Hellmich, Mittie (2010). The Ultimate Bar Book: The Comprehensive Guide to Over 1,000 Cocktails. Chronicle Books. p. 195. ISBN 0811872904
  14. ^ (2004). Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Volume 18, Issues 1–7.
  15. ^ Pedro, Joseph (12 July 2013). in Tokyoulobal-bastille-day-cocktail-serendipity/ "Global Bastille Day Cocktail: Serendipity from The Ritz Paris". Passport Magazine. Retrieved 19 October 2013. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ Forbes
  17. ^ "Most Expensive Cocktail". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  18. ^ Mastraad
  19. ^ Engram, Sara (9 July 2003). "The story behind elegant cocktails". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 19 October 2013.

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External videos
video icon "Video: ‘World’s Greatest Bartender’ talks craft." Honolulu Star-Advertiser. 11 July 2012.