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Digamber Singh: Crafting Cocktails and Elevating Experiences – A Bartender’s Journey from Rajasthan to Abu Dhabi

In the world of bartending, where every cocktail is a canvas and every pour is a masterpiece, meet Digamber Singh, a talented bartender whose journey has taken him from the historic sands of Rajasthan, India, to the dazzling lights of Abu Dhabi. His story is a captivating blend of passion, perseverance, and a deep love for mixology. Join us as we explore the remarkable journey of Digamber Singh, from his early days at Cidade de Goa to his current role at The St. Regis Hotel in Abu Dhabi, where he manages the Main Bar, and discover the stories behind his stunning signature cocktails.

A Passion Ignited in Goa

Digamber’s love affair with bartending ignited during his vocational training at the Taverna bar in Cidade de Goa hotel in December 2012. What started as a brief 15-day stint quickly transformed into a lifelong passion. The art of mixology captured his heart, and he was determined to make it his career.

A Journey Begins: Radisson Jaipur

Digamber’s bartending odyssey officially began at the Radisson Jaipur, where he embarked on his journey behind the bar. It was here that he met Pranav Nair, the Director of Food & Beverage at Crown Plaza Kochi, who played a pivotal role in nurturing his early career. Under Pranav’s guidance, Digamber honed his skills and found his calling in the world of cocktails.

International Sojourn: UAE and Beyond

In 2015, Digamber set his sights on the international stage, relocating to the United Arab Emirates. His bartending prowess took him to renowned establishments like Millennium and Al Habtoor, where he continued to craft exceptional cocktails and create memorable

A Regal Role at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi

Today, Digamber Singh is a Supervisor at The St. Regis Bar in Abu Dhabi, where he manages the Main Bar. His expertise and dedication to the craft have not gone unnoticed. In the UAE, he clinched the Margarita Perfection title, organized by Patron, and secured the runner-up position for Martini Perfection, organized by Spinneys. His accolades also include winning the Art of Mixology competition, an internal competition held at his hotel.

Signature Creations: Caroline’s Four Hundred and The Gardener

Digamber Singh’s creative genius shines through his signature cocktails, each with a story to tell. Let’s explore two of his exceptional creations:

Caroline’s Four Hundred:

  • Hendricks – 25 ml
  • Champagne – 90 ml
  • Rooibos Tea – 25 ml
  • Simple Syrup – 15 ml
  • Lime Juice – 10 ml
  • Peychaud’s Bitters – 2 dashes

Small Brief: Inspired by Caroline Astor, who revolutionized the concept of classic afternoon tea and introduced the champagne ritual, this cocktail pays homage to her. “Four Hundred” signifies the number of guests she selected from the elite New York society.

The Gardener:

  • Hendrick’s – 40 ml
  • Riesling Wine – 30 ml
  • Elderflower – 10 ml
  • Raspberry – 3 pieces
  • Simple Syrup – 5 ml
  • Lime Juice – 15 ml

Small Brief: Named after Hendricks, who tended to roses with utmost care, this cocktail embodies the essence of gardening. Its ingredients, featuring grapes, flowers, and berries, echo the passion of the oldest woman in Scotland who loves gardening.

These cocktails are not just libations; they are stories in a glass, each sip a chapter in the narrative of Digamber’s journey and inspirations.

A Toast to Digamber’s Journey

As Digamber Singh continues to craft cocktails and elevate experiences at The St. Regis in Abu Dhabi, his story stands as a testament to the transformative power of passion and dedication. From Rajasthan to the heart of the UAE, his journey is a celebration of mixology, flair, and the art of creating unforgettable moments. Here’s to Digamber, his remarkable journey, and the extraordinary cocktails that define his craft. Cheers to the past, present, and the countless flavors yet to be explored!

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