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Dick Bradsell

London bartender

Died when: 56 years 299 days (681 months)
Star Sign: Taurus

Richard Arthur Bradsell (4 May 1959 – 27 February 2016) was a British bartender noted for his innovative work with cocktails, including the creation of many new drinks now considered to be modern classics.The Observer described him as the "cocktail king", while Waitrose Food Illustrated compared him to celebrity chefs and the San Francisco Chronicle credited him with "single-handedly (changing) the face of the London cocktails scene in the 1980s." Bradsell was born in Bishop's Stortford, England.

He was acclaimed for inventing several new cocktails, including the Espresso Martini, the Bramble, the Treacle, the Carol Channing, the Russian Spring Punch and the Wibble.

It was reported that Bradsell could "rarely enter a bar without an enthusiastic bartender thrusting his version of the (Espresso Martini) drink at him." In 2003, he and Tony Conigliaro co-wrote several articles for the now-defunct bartending magazine Theme.

Bradsell died from brain cancer in London on 27 February 2016 at his home in London.

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