Mixing It Up

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How Mixologist JP Belonni Explores Storytelling Through Cocktails at Burlock Coast

For master mixologist JP Belonni, head bartender at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale’s hit restaurant, Burlock Coast, the beauty of a cocktail lies not just in its ingredients — the real test of a great drink…
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Meet J.A. Harrison, the Nashville Magician Behind Noelle’s Sophisticated Bar Program

When asked where he grew up, J.A. Harrison immediately rattles off a list of more than a dozen places he’s called home, well-rehearsed, as if he’s answered this question many times before. The short of…
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Meet Franz Zauner, the Master Bartender Behind Le Méridien’s Sparkling Menu

Franz Zauner has come a long way since his beginnings as a food runner at Le Méridien Vienna in Austria. Now the Global Master Barista and bartender for the hotel brand, Zauner knows a thing…
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L.A.’s Tony Gonzales Mixes Up Cocktails with an Unexpected Twist at DISTRICT

When it comes to cocktails at DISTRICT inside the elegant Sheraton Grand Los Angeles, the drinks are more than aperitifs, digestifs or even accompaniments to a guest’s meal — they’re often the centerpiece. Mixologist Tony…
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You Never Know What May Inspire This Los Angeles Mixologist’s Classic Cocktail Creations

The trend in cocktails these days is pretty simple – keep it classic. Mixologist Ravin Buzzell generally holds true to this credo. But then again, he has found ways to turn classic up a notch…
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The Secret of Bryson Rivera’s Cocktails at JW Marriott Hong Kong

For Bryson Rivera, the art of a great cocktail is the art of great storytelling. It might be the reason that he consistently appears at the top of Hong Kong’s best bartender lists. Rivera practices…
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The Gate’s Steven Butcher on Mixing It Up in One of the World’s Busiest Airports

Steven Butcher has been bartending his entire adult life — which, at 43, makes him somewhat of an elixir expert. For nearly two decades he’s honed his skills mixing cocktails at the Sheraton Amsterdam Airport…
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Mixologist Bob Peters Talks Garden-to-Glass Cocktails and Charlotte’s Spirits Scene

Bob Peters is easily Charlotte’s most renowned mixologist. His brand of fine dining cocktails exhibit unparalleled taste, balance and depth, which have earned him a devoted following among locals and visitors alike. You’ll find him…
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Grey Ghost Mixologist Will Lee on Detroit’s Burgeoning Bar Scene

Will Lee didn’t set out to become one of Detroit’s most well-known mixologists; it just happened. He started bartending at the age of 19 to support himself during art school and fell in love with…
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Why You Want This Man to Make Your Old-Fashioned the Next Time You’re in D.C.

Sam Awabdeh is the kind of bartender that probably knows what you want to drink before you order. He’s been a bartender at The Visiteur bar at the Washington Marriott Georgetown for 26 years. “I usually…
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Bartender Ray Daniel on Whisky Cocktails and Toronto’s Bar Scene

“Making music and making cocktails are quite similar,” says Ray Daniel, head bartender at the Delta Hotels Toronto’s Char No. 5 Whisky Bar. “They both take lots of hard work and creativity.” Since getting his…
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Mixologist Brian Freed Gives the Scoop on Fort Lauderdale’s Cocktail Scene

Mixologist Brian Freed gives TRAVELER the scoop on Fort Lauderdale’s cocktail scene. (Photo: Courtesy of Stache, 1920s Drinking Den) If you think Fort Lauderdale nightlife is only about cold beachfront beers, renowned mixologist Brian Freed…
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Bartender Rad Rachad on Keeping Cocktails Classic the NOLA Way

Bartender Rad Rachad presents his Absinthe frappe at the Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette bar. (Photos: Kate Russell) Rad Rachad has a lot of respect for the classic cocktail. As the bartender at the Renaissance…
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Belle Shoals’ Jim Palumbo on Brooklyn’s Finest Bars and New York Cocktail Culture

Belle Shoals’ Jim Palumbo spills on his winning drink, the “Back That Thing Up ” and the best bars in Brooklyn for bar-hopping with locals.(Photos:courtesy Marriott Hotels) Making the transition from traveling musician to bartender…
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Bartender Shannon Corrigan on Boston’s Trendy Bar Scene

Bartender Shannon Corrigan started her 20-year career in the food and drink biz serving and then bartending in a rowdy and crowded Irish pub. “It’s the perfect crash course for a young first-time bartender,” she…
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Bar Manager Shelby Goodwin on Calgary’s Culinary-Infused Drink Scene

What Shelby Goodwin, Calgary native, bar manager and mixologist, loves most about his job is tailoring cocktails to the palates of each and every patron at The Derrick Gin Mill & Kitchen. His expert skill…