Bartender Interview: Sara Justice of The Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company 

   The Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co. is named for the company that served as the front for what was once the largest illicit booze ring in the country. The Franklin plays homage to this bygone era in its style and architecture but the drinks are squarely in the 21st century. They may be inspired

Bartender Interview: Brian Sassen of Repour Bar, Miami 

   Repour Bar is a laid backpack retreat in the middle of South Beach. Housed inside the Albion Hotel it features comfy couches and inventive cocktails. It’s the place to be to escape to escape from the glitz of Miami sit back grab a drink and listen to the soundtrack of life whether that’s the

Interview with Jamie Boudreau of Canon, Seattle

In this weeks interview, we chat with Jamie Boudreau of Canon in Seattle. Throughout the years he has won countless awards including the Cheers Rising Star award in 2010. He has become one of the most influential members of the bartending community first on his blog spiritsandcocktails and now as the host of Raising the

Interview with Phil Ward of Mayahuel

Mayahuel is completely dedicated to Tequila and Mezcal. While I never had the bad memories associated with it like most, I just never developed a taste for it. It was a spirit that did nothing for me. Mayahuel single-handedly changed my entire perception of Tequila. So today we chat with Phil Ward, Co-Owner and Beverage

Interview with Justin Pike of the Tasting Kitchen

Today we chat with Justin Pike of the Tasting Kitchen. The Tasting Kitchen opened in 2009. What first drew you to become a bartender and ultimately create your own cocktails? I went to art school, graduated, then studied abroad in Italy. When I returned that summer, I stayed unemployed for as long as possible until