Special guest on Kate Fairweather’s Friday show on Shine Radio, Liss live wire Simon Stanley trained as a croupier in London before heading to Miami at the tender age of 18, where he spent three years working as a croupier on board cruise liners in and around the Caribbean in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Simon was occasionally required to abandon black tie for a tropical shirt and help out at one of the half dozen cocktail bars on board ship.
Naturally exuberant, he learned to juggle glasses and ice cubes, throw bottles and generally put on a proper show for a crowded bar. This is cocktail making as pure entertainment…
After three months of lockdown, spent channelling his energy into cycling, a super fit Simon wows Shine Radio’s Kate Fairweather with tales from on board cruise ships, pays tribute to his all-time-favourite, the piña colada, and explains why cocktails should be integral to all our lives.
Cocktails as cabaret, eh? It’s a far cry from the diplomatic role of cocktails in the Royal Navy – which we heard about from retired Vice Admiral David Dobson a few months ago.
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