Image of Bar Brawls winner Jessica Bell

Meet Jessica Bell

Shaking + Stirring at El Camino Delray Beach

“Wake up every morning ready to bite the ass off a bear.”

The Bartender Interview

I met Jessie at on Atlantic Avenue’ s El Camino, shaking up one of the best margarita’s I’ve sipped. She is one of the local favorites in the upcoming Bar Brawls competition, drawing the week 8 slot. You can still catch her on the ave. or consulting at Local Libations.

Libby Volgyes photograph of bartender Jessie Bell
Photograph: Libby Volgyes

Known for:

Slinging the finest margaritas and mezcal cocktails in Delray Beach!

Your go-to drink:

A Paloma, Americano, Albariño, or a Berlinerweise.

Must have garnish:

Orange Twist! A supple hint of delicate citrus can make a good cocktail great.

Essential bar accessory:

Cocktail Kingdom’s 2oz/1oz Japanese Jigger

Best local bar:


Favorite classic:

The Last Word

Bourbon, Scotch or Rye:

Rye for me!

Twist on cocktail:

Fun twists on the Old Fashioned. It’s so versatile with different base spirits, infusions, syrups, cordials or bitters. The world is really your oyster when it comes to an old fashioned.

Favorite Memory:

My favorite memory behind the bar has to be when I met Jim. I free poured a vodka and cranberry at 3rd & 3rd and he looked at me and said, “Wow. That was the most perfect pour”. As he picked his jaw off the bar top, I just slowly rolled my eyes and said, uhh, yeah? Duh. Like, who the hell doesn’t know how to pour a cape codder? I had such a crush on him and really didn’t know how to respond and we both awkwardly realized how silly we had made ourselves look. Both our facial expressions are burned into our memories, and we laugh about that day still.

Next year you will be drinking:

Zero waste gin cocktails, through a metal straw! 😉

Favorite music:

Walking on the Moon by The Police

Your Color:


Interviewer: Renée Korbel Quinn, Spirited South Florida

Strategist | Writer | Supporter @cocktailr @SpiritedSFL #getspiritedsouthflorida #cocktailrs #downtownftlgirl

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