You’re trapped on a desert island, but the good news is that you can bring five bottles of booze with you to pass the time. Look, there’s even ice and bar tools—you’re all set. What would you choose?
Philippa “Pippa” Guy is the first woman in a century to nab the gig as senior bartender at The Savoy hotel's American Bar in London. That's no small feat, as American Bar is the reigning No. 1 bar in The World’s 50 Best Bars, and the last woman in the role went by the name Ada Coleman. Those are some big shoes to fill, but Guy has proven up to the task.
Portobello Road Gin ($25)
"Gin is my go-to spirit, and Portobello Road is just phenomenal," Guy says of her neighbors in London. Portobello Road's multistory headquarters, replete with hotel rooms and a workshop for hands-on gin-blending sessions, is just a few miles across town from The Savoy.
"Bottle number two would be Aperol, for an Aperol Spritz," says Guy. Although she does have a slight concern with the pick, asking, "Does this have to count as two bottles?"
While the desert island may indeed have fresh grapefruit, we can't vouch for any bottles of prosecco stashed away. She may have to improvise her Spritz a bit, but it's nevertheless a wise decision for staying nice and refreshed all day long in the island sun.
Clynelish 14 Year Scotch ($60)
Guy has strong feelings about her choice of Clynelish as a sipping whisky. "Yum!" she says. That sums it up.
The coastal-influenced scotch should fit right in on the island, while perhaps offering a comforting reminder of home in the U.K.
Bacardí Reserva Ocho Rum ($30)
With her confessional out of the way, Guy realized the spirit couldn't escape her top five, particularly once she considered her new desert island digs. "If I'm talking true desert island, Bacardí Reserva Ocho is an all-arounder," she says. "Neat Daiquiris made with any flavor under the sun."Continue to 5 of 5 below.
Briottet Crème de Banane Liqueur ($27)
Briottet Crème de Banane is intensely aromatic while offering a more natural flavor profile than many other similar, overly sweetened liqueurs. And Guy has a very clear intended application.
"For the aforementioned Daiquiris, Banana Daqs with this are just mind-blowing," she says.
With her top-five must-haves locked and loaded, Guy only has one more request: "Please get me to my desert island!"