Meet: Lora Nefiodchina, Cocktail Curator at Mandarin Oriental
Meet Lora, F & B Manager at Mo Bar, a restaurant in Miami located inside the Mandarin Oriental. The gift of hospitality abounds in her blood and has evolved among restaurants. She started her career at 18 years-old inspired by her mother. “I love the ability to show how I see the world with different flavors” - Lora expresses as a mixologist. She’s the mastermind behind Mo Bar's new cocktail list, and me, personally, a fan of her job. She does not only craft cocktails, but she styles them beautifully. The presentations are a complete feast that combines the best aromas, flavors and visual appeals. Each one of them has perfectly mixed notes, herbal tones, and spices. In a quick chat, she tells us more about her.
2ogmag: What's the best part of being a mixologist?
Lora Nefiodchina: The best part of being a mixologist, I think is ability to share with guests “things you like”. Ability to show how you see the world with different flavors.
What's your favorite cocktail?
I don’t have a favorite one. There are specific liquors I like, for example I love scotch and mezcal. I always give a chance to new things. But if I go to the bar I will definitely try 1 classic drink (Manhattan or Old Fashion) and a signature one its always great to try, to see, to learn. Of course I have flavors which I prefer to others. I love smoked drinks and more savory neither than sweet.
Do you prefer your cocktails Shaken or Stirred?
One of the burning questions at the bar. Me personally I prefer stirred.
What's your favorite place to have a drink?
Besides liquors I enjoy having a glass of wine. So most probably if I go somewhere it will be a wine bar or a classy bar similar style to MO Bar.
Do you prefer Wine, Cocktails or Spirits?
It really depends, I love to try cocktails, but if the bar where I go is really busy I will choose wine or liquor. Also if I will go to the restaurant most probably it will be wine.
If Miami would be a Cocktail... what would it be?
I would say it will be made with some tropical fruits and definitely I would add some spiciness.
Can you please describe the featuring Cocktail?
This is our ultimate gin and tonic - Ladies and GINtleman. We blend our own gin in house to give the balance of citrus and herbal notes. Cocktail can be described as Asian inspired cocktail, we use sesame oil, anise stars, juniper berries and yuzu tonic to highlight our connection with Asian culture.
Ladies and GINtelman
1.5oz Blended Gin
0.15oz Lemon juice
1 drop Sesame oil
*MO BAR at Mandarin Oriental offers Happy Hour from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm daily, Live music weekly. Argentinian Guitar players, duet “Fox Brothers”, on Fridays at 8:30pm and Cuban Jazz, trio “Renoir Rodriguez” on Saturdays at 8:30pm*