Tell us about your favorite cocktail or ingredient from 2016, and what you loved most about it.
I started as a classics-only kind of bartender and have only recently, in the past year and a half or so, started using out-of-the-box ingredients as my clients at Stir Bartending Co. have asked for more and more originality. I love using coconut water because with the right spirits, you are able to create a stirred cocktail that is boozy and aromatic, yet approachable and refreshing. I also love using activated charcoal for the most natural way to get such a dark black color. This will be great for the upcoming months!
Which aspect of your career is the most rewarding?
Helping my clients create memories that last a lifetime. On more than one occasion, I have received an email with thanks and appreciation years after a dining experience, or months after an event, expressing how much joy it brings them to think back to that day. That is when I remember that what I am doing is important. I have always found excitement and reward in making others happy, and to be able to do it with food and beverage, well, that’s just a dream.