Behind the Black Gold

We sat down with Watson Barry of Oaklands’s Le Cheval to chat about his work, his inspirations, and his drink for December’s Applejack of My Eye Box, the Black Gold! S&S: What’s it like to work at Le Cheval? WB: Oakland is really tight-knit, and Le Cheval has been a member of that community for over thirty…

Behind the Vino Labbra

We sat down with Carla Rivera to chat about her work, low-ABV cocktails, and her drink for November’s That’s Amaro! Box, the Vino Labbra! S&S: Is there an ingredient or technique you’re currently fascinated with? CR: I like to cook, so I spend any spare time making syrups, shrubs, reductions, jams, and more. I like the idea…

Behind the Slippery Slopes

We sat down with Sother Teague of NYC’s Amor y Amargo and Coup to chat about his work and his drink for November’s That’s Amaro! Box, the Slippery Slopes! S&S: You’re most well known, at least to us, as an expert on all things amaro, but you’ve worked at bars ranging from tiki to molecular. Is…

Behind the Ma Sour

We sat down with Caer Ferguson of Austin’s The Roosevelt Room and The Eleanor to chat about her work, Austin’s craft cocktail scene, and her drink for October’s Austin Without Limits Box, the Ma Sour! S&S: What’s your specialty? CF: If I had to choose a spirit that I specialize in, it would be tequila or agave-based…

Behind the ’Chata

We sat down with Frank Kurt Maldonado of NYC’s Employees Only, to chat about his work and his cocktail for September’s Rum Away With Me Box, the ’Chata! S&S: Is there an ingredient or technique you’re currently fascinated with? FKM: I’m always exploring and playing with new ingredients, I try to use ingredients that no other bartender…

Behind the Last Guinea Pig in Cuzco

We sat down with Nathan Dalton of Piscobar in the Catahoula Hotel in New Orleans to chat about his work, the history of pisco, and his cocktail for July’s Pisco Fever Box, the Last Guinea Pig in Cuzco! S&S: What’s your specialty? ND: I guess I would have to say pisco is my specialty. I recently opened a bar/café…

Behind the Tokyo Love Story

We sat down with SeongHa Lee, lead bartender at Las Vegas’s Zuma at The Cosmopolitan, to chat about his work and his cocktail for June’s Sake It To Me Box, the Tokyo Love Story! Photo c/o Krystal Ramirez. S&S: You’ve tended bar all around the world—what’s been your favorite scene so far? SHL: I can say my favorite…

Behind the Under Sage Drinking

We sat down with Russell Davis to get the story behind his cocktail for April’s box, Vodka, Adventures, and Spring, Oh My! S&S: What are some of your specialties? RD: World travel, drinking culture, cocktails, spirits, fire blowing, bartending, bars, bar business, adventure. Any order. S&S: Is there an ingredient or technique you’re currently fascinated with? RD: I’m…

Behind the Tea & Honey

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming up next! We sat down with Stephen Berry, manager of the bar program at Sacramento’s Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine, to chat about his work and his cocktail for March’s Kiss Me, I’m Whiskey Box, the Tea & Honey! S&S: What’s your specialty? SB: I’d have to say tiki. Although…

Behind the Chinese New Year

We sat down with Cris Dehlavi of Columbus, Ohio’s M Restaurant to chat about her work and her cocktail for February’s Afterparty Box, the Chinese New Year! S&S: What’s your specialty? CD: I have so many different styles of cocktail that I am known for, but I think what I hear the most from people is balance. I strive…

Behind the Above a Persimmon

Tyler Hudgens is the Bar Director at The Dabney. Her bar program embraces southern hospitality and reflects Chef Jeremiah Langhorne’s mid-Atlantic inspired concept, showcasing classically inspired cocktails with local and seasonal ingredients. She enjoys exploring The District with her golden retriever, Tucker, himself a lover of patios and not-so-fancy ice. We sat down with her…

Behind the Red Devil 2.0

We sat down with Jules Mavromatis to get the story behind her cocktail for October’s ¡Viva Mezcal! Box, the Red Devil 2.0! S&S: How have your time in the fields and highlands of Jesús María—seeing the whole mezcal production process from start to finish—and your further travels in Oaxaca influenced your work? JM: Now when I’m pouring mezcal or…