What I Drink is a series featuring legendary bartenders to learn about how they got started, what they love to drink and discover their go-to cocktail recipes.
The whole of Latin America seems to be bursting with great cocktails, and Guatemala’s Marvin Martinez is one of the mixologists representing his country in the emerging scene. After getting his start serving beer, he learned the craft through studying everything he could find online. In 2015, he won the nation’s World Class title and was able to travel to South Africa for the global competition. He’s now a brand representative for Tanqueray No. 10 Guatemala, Tequila Don Julio, Ketel One, Ciroc and Johnnie Walker, and working on a craft gin of his own. Here, he talks more about his background and favorite cocktails.
When did you know you wanted to work behind the bar?
I knew I wanted to be a bartender ever since I first entered a bar. I loved what they did. Bartenders not only serve a cocktail, they also have fun at work.