We follow bartenders on Instagram to keep up with their exotic adventures and elaborate creations, the same way we follow chefs for our daily dose of food porn. Because we love the best of both worlds, we’re super into seeing what our favorite restaurant bartenders are whipping up to pair with their favorite dishes—or to drink solo before or after a great meal. Peep these six excellent bartenders on Instagram to see what’s new in the restaurant cocktail world.
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Hemant Pathak, Junoon
As the head mixologist for Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Junoon, Hemant Pathak is constantly featuring cocktails with exotic flavors on his Instagram account. We’re currently into this Game of Thrones-inspired libation Mother of Dragons, made with Hennessy VSOP, masala syrup, Peychaud’s bitters, absinthe and a crazy cool orange peel garnish.
Cody Goldstein, the mixologist behind cocktail experiences company Muddling Memories, shares his tasty creations via his Instagram of the same name. We love this Jeff Koons-inspired drink, garnished with a balloon animal he made himself.
Stacey Swenson, Dante
Stacey Swenson and her team have been racking up the awards for Dante’s bar program and even took home the title for Best American Restaurant Bar at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail. Follow along on all of her cocktail adventures that will take you from Negroni fountains to spritzy Italian aperitivos.
Steven Gonzalez, Bevy
As senior bartender of the ultra-luxe Living Room and adjacent restaurant Bevy at New York’s Park Hyatt hotel, Steven Gonzalez makes cocktails that taste delicious and look spectacular. Libations like the Sphinx of Savoy—made with mezcal, amaro, chipotle syrup, guava puree, lime juice and garnished with a paper cone filled with crickets—have us bolting to the lush lobby bar ASAP.
Austin Hartman is a rum guy, so he’s constantly posting his favorite bottles and latest flights of the sugarcane spirit that he puts together for Bushwick brunch favorite Montana’s Trail House. He also does really cool stuff with cocktails, like fat washing rhum agricole with butter and coconut milk for the most sumptuous Piña Colada you’ve ever had.
You can snag one of Julia Momose’s cocktails at Chicago’s GreenRiver and try her mocktails at the Michelin-starred Oriole, but her Instragram is sure to be a source of home bar inspiration, even if you can’t make it to the Windy City. We’re drooling over her East of Milan, a mix of Irish vodka, Campari, sake, strawberry, Fever Tree Tonic and salt.