18 Mar '11, 9pm

TODAYonline | Food | The cocktail sorcerer: Although you're not likely to find Ott sporting a handlebar moustach...

It is not unusual for a bartender to offer you something that's supposed to make you feel good. You might say that's what the job of making cocktails is about: Delivering a brief splash of bliss. But New York-based Alex Ott sees himself as much more than a bartender, and when he talks about making a drinker feel good, what he has in mind tends to be something more specific and lyrical than your run-of-the-mill lightness in the head and looseness in the limbs. "I can make a cocktail that will take you back 30 years," he said. "If you tell me what you had as a child, I can take you there in a second - take you back to when your mummy tucked you in and gave you a hot chocolate. The exact same scent." Ott, 37, was born in Germany, and when he talks, the cadence of his voice makes him sound ever so slightly like a mad scientist in an H G Wells novel. "I can make you feel relaxe...

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