ARTIST INTERVIEW: Talmadge Lowe of Pharmacie

Pharmacie will be serving up delicious artisanal cocktails at the holiday fair on December 10th and 11th! We spoke to founder Talmadage Lowe about his creative journey and how he got his start.

Talmadge started his cocktail career in New York behind the bar at the venerable Orso restaurant. In 2008, he created an invitation-only speakeasy event that featured curated cocktails prepared in an intimate setting. Those gatherings eventually morphed into the full service cocktail catering and consultation company, Pharmacie.
The Pharmacie team is available to the discerning public for weddings, cocktail parties, shindigs, soirees, happenings, and any other social gatherings that require excellent beverages. (And don’t they all?) You can also find Pharmacie cocktails at some LA restaurants including Ostrich Farm in Echo Park.
 
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What are your most important artistic tools?
Patience. Whether it’s creating a new recipe, searching the right ingredient or hiring the right person for our team. Patience is the most important and most utilized tool at my disposal.
 
Did you have any mentors or important creative influences?
Matthew Kaner (of Bar Covell & Augustine Wine Bar) and I started the original speakeasy parties (also called Pharmacie) together and his enthusiasm for my cocktails gave me the push to share my creations. Paige Appel (of Bash, Please and Midland Shop) had faith that these cocktail parties could be a business and she gave me the support and encouragement to make that happen.
 
What do you do, or where do you go to seek fresh ideas or renewed creative energy?
Ideas and inspiration tend to come unexpectedly and from unusal sources. I think I have a touch of synesthesia, so I can get inspiration anywhere – not just from the culinary world but from music and film and books and art and conversation.
 
Pharmacie Cocktail Menu December 10&11

The Pine and Crane
Mulholland Gin/Smoked Cinnamon/Cranberry/Lime

The Sunset Mule
Mulholland Vodka/Apricot/Honey/Lemon
 
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