The past two years have been quite a journey. Extended and instant locks left us lusting after late nights screaming at our friends to live music, the incomparable ambient sound of cocktail shakers and those walking returns from the bar with a kebab in hand and a stop at the lounge. local tattoo.
It was hard, but it was especially hard on the people in the hospital and in the music industry who make these epic memories come true for us.
So to celebrate the “all in” this summer, we sat down with the bartender from Sydney and Sailor Jerry Ambassador Lucille Rose Hopkins to discuss her comeback behind the bar and what she’s most looking forward to on Freedom Day (hint: those crazy Sailor Jerry parties are at the top of her list).
What does a typical working day look like for you?
What I really love about being the Sailor Jerry Ambassador is that there is no such thing as a “typical day”. Before lockdown, I could do a photoshoot for a magazine or fly across the country to throw a bar tattoo party, or work with bartenders to create a new cocktail recipe. The variety is really exciting.
What has been your biggest career challenge to date and why?
To embark on a career so focused on travel, bars and face-to-face events, and learn to adapt it to the virtual space.
And on the other hand, what was your biggest “f *** yeah” moment and why?
We had an epic tattoo party at Replay bar in Hobart in May of this year. It was the first time Sailor Jerry had brought something like this to Tasmania. We raffled off some free hat tattoos and a handful of excellent Hobart artists tattooing the winners live. The queue to enter the room went to the end of the street. I will never forget how fun this evening was. I think we will all be talking about this holiday for years to come.
WHICH bars ARE YOUR FAVORITE?
I like The blind bear in Cronulla. After a day at the beach, there is nothing I want more than going to eat chicken wings and sip cocktails at a dive bar. The bartenders are great, the food is delicious, there is an ever-changing cocktail list and exciting new beers on tap. It is my place and my happiness.
I also love Shaded pine lounge in Surry Hills. We may not be able to travel to the US at this time, but we can travel to Shady Pines instead. This is Americana at its best. From the bowl of peanuts, to a bluegrass band playing in the corner of the room, to A + service and great classic cocktails. I spent many nights singing ‘Wagon Wheel’ on the last call.
Can you share with us a delicious cocktail recipe to prepare at home?
Pina Colada with spices
- 60ml Sailor Jerry
- 45 ml coconut cream
- 30 ml pineapple juice
- 10 ml lime juice
- Fresh pineapple for garnish
Add all the ingredients in a blender with ice, mix for 30 seconds. Pour into a glass and garnish with ice cubes and fresh pineapple garnish. Tip: This cocktail can also be shaken if you don’t have a blender.
Any cocktail preparation tips you can share with us?
Don’t throw away the peels of your oranges and lemons! You can turn them into a great syrup just by putting the peels in a sealable sandwich bag with a few spoonfuls of sugar. Leave it for a few days in a cool, dry place. Voila, you now have orange syrup that you can add to your cocktails, or even add to a simple Highball cocktail for a little more flavor.
COME “Freedom Day”, what are you doing, where are you going AND how are you celebrating?
I’m going Opera Bar at Circular Quay for a glass of champagne or two to celebrate. I live in the south of Sydney so I missed our beautiful city and our harbor. Next, I go on a pub crawl of all my favorite bars in the CBD and stop at Terrier bar for their incredible chicken wings.
It’s gonna be a scorching hot summer. How do you plan to go all out and make the most of it?
I want to spend my days at the beach and my nights visiting bars with my friends. I learned to rollerblade myself while in confinement, so I want to skate by the beach or even join a roller derby club. I also hope we can go to music festivals again by the summer because I can’t wait to have a mosh pit or two. Nothing beats the feeling of being in the front row in a crowd at a festival.
Favorite restaurant you want to visit?
My first choice is Temple of Spices. I was a bartender there and I never have enough food. He’s a high, modern Chinese, perfect for a chic date night. Order the Rooster cocktail and the beef brisket and wagyu dumplings – you’ll wow your date, I promise!
The next step is Surly’s in Surry Hills. If you love classic American barbecue as much as I do, you’ll love Surly’s. Every time I go to Surly’s, I feel like I’m teleporting to Nashville. I order the barbecue platter for two, complete with brisket and wings, and pair it with a Sailor Jerry and some ginger.
Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins was the father of old school American tattoos, CAN YOU tell us about yours?
I have around 35 (ish) tattoos including a full sleeve. These are all colorful pieces and most are traditional American style, including three traditional Sailor Jerry designs.
I got my first tattoo on my 18th birthday. I just entered the day and picked out a little piece of bird on my wrist. While I don’t regret any of my tattoos, my advice would be to not rush out and get something as soon as you can. It usually won’t fit in if you get more of it in the end, and it usually does.
WHICH tattoo IS YOUR FAVORITE WHY?
Most of my tattoos don’t have a deeper meaning, I usually just get things that I like or that appeal to me. However, my favorite tattoo does make sense. I have an Old Fashioned cocktail tattooed on my wrist. My husband has a correspondent. We both work in bars and had our first date drinking Old Fashioneds together, so the cocktail is special for us.
Do you have any favorite tattoo artists?
- Melanie Milne. She’s done about half of my tattoos. She is incredible.
- Rhys gordon does a lot of Japanese style tattoos but has also worked with Sailor Jerry at a lot of our events. It’s a legend.
- Uber Ben– I was going to Hobart just to get a tattoo from him. Seriously.
Everyone has this scandalous tatt story. What is your?
Most of my tattoos are planned although I have a piece of Sailor Jerry on my forearm, which I got at the first Sailor Jerry tattoo party I worked on. It was actually my first day on the job and we were launching Savage Apple in Australia. I decided to go all out and get a tattoo to celebrate because being Sailor Jerry’s Ambassador was a dream job for me. I was nervous as hell and I had cameras in my face and everyone was wondering who I was, and I got a tattoo in the middle of the crowd. The tattoo is a set of playing cards with the word “lucky” underneath. This is what I really felt and I still feel!
What’s the next step for you and your career? Epic collaborations or current dream projects?
I just want to go back. I plan to have a very busy year 2022 – I have big projects going on. I can’t say too much yet, but Sailor Jerry will be teaming up with a very exciting event in the music industry, while returning to explore the local music scenes. We also collaborate with some super cool lifestyle brands… but my lips are sealed, we’ll have to wait and see. 2022 is shaping up to be an epic year.
Any final thoughts you would like to share?
Times have been tough over the past eighteen months for everyone. Sailor Jerry is all about supporting local communities, and we urge you to do the same. Whether it’s shopping for bottled cocktails at your neighborhood bar, or planning a tattoo to celebrate the end of lockdown. Get involved in your local community. Support your local artists, musicians, bartenders… we need them, and they need our love.
And when things open up properly again, it will be a crazy time. Be nice to the hospital workers.
Arm yourself with a bold and smooth as hell Sailor Jerry cocktail, perfectly matched to all your summer adventures. It’s finally time to go back, to live big and support all those who need it most right now.
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