Looking for the best mixologists in town? Look no further! We’ve got the top talent in the industry right here. These professionals will amaze you with their skills behind the bar.
Whether you’re looking for a classic cocktail or something new, these bartenders have you covered. So what are you waiting for? Check out our list and find the perfect spot to enjoy a drink! If you missed July’s roundup, you could read it here.
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1. Tony Abou Ganim
Tony Abou-Ganim @mdrnmixologist is one of the world’s most innovative and influential bartenders. He has appeared on numerous national television shows, including TODAY, Iron Chef America, Good Morning America, CNBC, Fox News, and others. In his book The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails (Agate, 2010), he provided insight into spirits and ingredients available to today’s mixologists, both professional and amateur.
Abou-Ganim is also the author of the DVD Modern Mixology: Making Great Cocktails at Home and the host of the Fine Living show. As an award-winning bartender, he has won three Iron Chef America competitions, in which he paired cocktails with Iron Chef Mario Batali, Iron Chef Jose Garces, and challenger Chef Sean McClain.
He continues to educate about the history and lore of cocktails as a National Ambassador of the United States Bartenders Guild and Associate Member of the Museum of the American Cocktail. He also runs his beverage consulting business, specializing in bartender training, product education, and cocktail creation.
2. Saeed Hawk
Saeed “Hawk” House @cocktailsbyhawk works full-time as a social media content creator. A former bartender for 10 years working in various settings, from high-volume nightclubs to well-known craft cocktail bars in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, Saeed hopes to bring his passion for entertaining and knowledge of alcohol to his Facebook page, Cocktails by Hawk.
His eye for cocktail photography is as fine as his talent for mixing drinks. His drink photographs have appeared in print and online publications such as Variety Magazine, Forbes Magazine, Esquire, Eater, and TimeOut LA.
Hawk is also working on his NFT collection, based on drinks he made his favorite spirit brands in the wake of the Metaverse and Web3.
3. Justin Sajda
Known as “Thirsty Whale,” Justin Sajda @thirstywhale_ is not a professional mixologist. His Instagram bio states, “Average guy. Above average cocktails.” But you’d never guess it from his consistently amazing concoctions.
Sajda not only teaches his fans how to carve clear ice, but he also creates instructional videos on various drinks, always with a sense of humor.
4. Natasha David
Bartender Natasha David @natashadavidxo is a creative pillar in New York’s cocktail scene. She has logged time at Maison Premiere and Mayahuel before opening her bar, which showcases her talent as both a bartender and an entrepreneur.
Nitecap, a cocktail den on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, was the embodiment of Natasha’s playful approach to cocktail culture and a platform that showcased her drink-creation chops.
In her new book, Drink Lightly: A Lighter Take on Serious Cocktails, author Natasha explores her favorite approach to concoctions with 100 new recipes for low and no-alcohol drinks.
5. Karen Grill
Karen Grill @kaygrill started in the hospitality industry when she began working at a beach café on the New Jersey shore at age 13. She’s been in Los Angeles since 2009, where she’s worked behind some of the city’s most well-known bars and managed and produced large-scale events across the country.
Karen has won many cocktail competitions, including four national titles. Spirit Magazine named her one of America’s Best Bartenders, and she received Zagat’s ’30 Under 30′ award for hospitality professionals.
Karen is the Southwest Portfolio Ambassador for Collectif 1806, in charge of the Remy-Cointreau portfolio.
6. Katie Renshaw
Katie @jiggermetimbers left her “day job” when she began bartending in Chicago. Her love of cocktails motivated her to seek mentorship behind the bar; much to her parent’s dismay, she has never looked back.
She’s worked at some of Chicago’s most prestigious establishments, including Moneygun, Drumbar, GreenRiver, and Billy Sunday. She has won several bartending competitions, including the Midwestern Speed Rack and Heaven Hill Bartender of the Year.
She also garnered the Italicus Bar Artist of the Year award in 2018 and took home the US World Class Bartender of the Year title in 2019. Katie’s inventiveness, cocktail nerdiness, and attention to detail bring High Proof‘s digital content and cocktail classes to life.
7. Julianna McIntosh
Born and raised in California, Julianna McIntosh @join_jules is the founder of Join Jules, a community platform focused on visually appealing craft cocktails made with fresh and seasonal ingredients.
Growing up among farmers, Julianna understood the value of fresh ingredients at an early age. This appreciation for seasonal produce has informed her bartending style, which is focused on crafting drinks that highlight the natural flavors of each component.
Julianna is much more than a content creator. She is also an artist, marketing professional, promotion specialist, and TV show host with over 700,000 TikTok followers.
8. Natalie Milgliarin
Natalie Milgliarini @beautifulbooze is a small-town North Carolina author, photographer, cocktail stylist, public speaker, and social media expert. She founded Beautiful Booze to pursue her love of travel and cocktails.
Beautiful Booze began as a resource for cocktail enthusiasts with a small following but has grown tremendously. Her feed features a well-balanced mix of cocktail and travel content.
Natalie had a lot of highlights in her life, from being an official bartender at Instagram’s live event in Las Vegas to authoring a book of the same name.
9. Inka Larissa
On the Sauce Again, a one-stop website for all things spirits, was founded by Inka Larissa @onthesauceagain. She began educating people about responsible drinking and the fascinating stories behind each spirit when she was born in Finland, where strong advertising of alcohol was prohibited.
Inka’s desire to learn more about different alcoholic beverages worldwide and to teach others about their favorite spirits inspired her to create On the Sauce Again. It’s not only a content platform but also deals with events, lifestyle, social media management, and much more.
10. Marisa Cicchini
Marisa Cicchini @whats.marisa.drinking is a beverage and content creator from Australia. Her feed is full of colorful, perfectly crafted recipes focused on fruity, refreshing mixers and lighter spirits.
Marisa creates visually appealing, palate-blasting cocktails garnished to perfection and uploads great content with an easy approach to bartending. She has more than 49k followers and has become a popular source for home cocktail enthusiasts and professional bartenders.
It’s no secret that mixology is a fast-growing industry, and new bartenders are constantly coming up with new and inventive ways to serve up drinks. If you want to keep up with the latest trends and changes in the world of mixology, be sure to check out our monthly roundup!
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