Meet Pusser’s Rum Bartender on Deck Milan Marossy
Tell me about yourself. What is your background, and how did you end up as a mixologist?
I was born in a little town outside of Budapest, Hungary. My family immigrated to the states when I was only five years old. I grew up in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Annapolis, Maryland when I was 13. Annapolis is a jewel of a town in Maryland. The history and the people make this town one of the best places to live in all of the United States. Pusser’s has been in Annapolis since 1995 and has a huge following. Everyone goes to Pusser’s when the weather is warm to sit on the dock bar and drink Painkillers. One of the most common phrases that I hear as a bartender working at Pusser’s is my friends came to town and I just had to bring them here for a Painkiller. Like Navy football, Pusser’s has become a tradition in Annapolis. I worked my way up through the ranks to become a bartender at Pusser’s, and it was well worth the wait.
What is your favourite rum drink? Recipe?
I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but really, it’s definitely The Painkiller. It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t like this delicious drink. People from all over the world know and love the Painkillers. And don’t even get me started on the sailing community. Talk about fanatics when it comes to Pusser’s!
Tell me about your personal connection to rum. Why choose rum over other spirits?
I, for one, enjoy the versatility of rum, from light, dark, spiced, and aged. Molasses to sugar-based, so many different drink combinations and taste variations make rum the perfect cocktail spirit.
What do you think the future hold for the rum industry?
Rum has been around for more than 400 years, and it shows no signs of slowing down in the immediate future. With the different flavours and infusion processes that are taking place and shaping the spirit industry today, the sky’s the limit with this very unique and versatile liquor. Painkillers, Rum Punch, Dark and Stormy, Jamaican Me Crazy, even the traditional Rum and Coke are just some of the timeless drinks that have made rum such as celebrated spirit around the world.
What inspires you creatively when it comes to making drinks?
I’m inspired by competition. By mixing different spirits to achieve different flavour profiles, and to ultimately have your drink put on the Pusser’s drink menu, is the ultimate recognition as a bartender.
Please tell me about your greatest achievement in relations to the spirit industry.
That one is really easy; it’s the people. I’ve met so many interesting people from different walks of life working for Pusser’s. I’ve travelled down to the islands and worked in Tortola at the Frenchman Cay Pusser’s in Soper’s Hole. Truly one of the most amazing experiences of my life!! Not to mention all of the co-workers that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing throughout the years bartending in Annapolis. Pusser’s has a real family feel to it and it has been a party ever since the first day on the job, mixed in with a little hard work…
Any other hobbies or interests?
I love to cook, I have two amazing dogs, I play a ton of sports, and enjoy going to concerts. If you’re ever in Annapolis, please stop by Pusser’s and see me on the Dock bar!
How can people learn more about you?