Mixologist Brian Van Flandern
Seabourn is pleased to partner with world-renowned mixologist Brian Van Flandern to transform the onboard spirits across our entire fleet with upgraded bar offerings, new cocktail menus and more. This partnership comes as the latest food and beverage development that is transforming the way our guests wine and dine. Van Flandern has been elevating the bar ingredients available on board, handcrafting classic cocktails, educating and training the bar staff across the Seabourn fleet on both new and classic mixology techniques. He will also create a menu of cocktails exclusive to the line.
Van Flandern will use fresh produce, botanicals and flavor profiling to create a unique list of handcrafted cocktails that take advantage of the local markets that Seabourn ships visit. Guests will enjoy a number of fresh, balanced, remarkably tasty, food-friendly cocktails with flavors from around the world. Additionally, he will work with our bar team to standardize the classics to provide guests with the same perfectly balanced and served cocktail throughout their cruise. “There is a global revolution taking place right now in the beverage industry as an entire generation is witness to the new golden age of the cocktail,” said Van Flandern. “I am delighted to join the Seabourn family, who share my philosophy that the guest experience is paramount and that fresh, quality ingredients are the key to a successful program.”
Mr. Van Flandern, whom the Food Network hailed as “America’s Top Mixologist,” has an unequaled passion for the craft of cocktail making. In 2004, he was part of the opening team for Thomas Keller’s restaurant Per Se in New York City as head barman, applying the chef’s philosophy of flavor profiling behind the bar and discovering techniques to create well-balanced, food-friendly cocktails. Not long after being ranked number two mixologist in the world at the Bois Mix Masters Championship and winning the United States Bartenders Guild Iron Bar Chef Competition, Van Flandern founded a New York-based cocktail consultancy to design cocktail lists and train bartenders in the art of mixology at some of the finest restaurants and resorts around the globe. He has made appearances on The Barefoot Contessa, Bar Rescue, Diary of a Foodie, and other culinary focused television programs.