O
ne has a hankering to be a
lounge singer; another con-
templates life while tend-
ing 100,000 bees in her
backyard; yet another thinks Adam
Smith’s
The
Wealth of Nations
is a
killer read. Another makes drinks af-
ter consulting with a voodoo priestess.
They are many different things, in
other words, but the ten people profiled
here in their own words are also great
bartenders; in fact, they are Ten Mixolo-
gists to Watch, a national assortment of
hard-working, fast-pouring drink shakers
who, through diligence, inspiration and
persistence, have managed to stand out
in the crowded contemporary bar scene.
Drawn annually from the list of ap-
prentices who recently did yeoman’s
duty chopping ice, juicing fruit and dis-
patching other behind-the-scenes bar-
back tasks in New Orleans during “Tales
of the Cocktail,” these ten exemplify
what modern bartending is about: com-
bining basic skills and a deep knowledge
of ingredients and drink history with a
drive to hone service and the need cre-
ate something new in the glass.
For the past nine years, The Beverage
Network has acknowledged the future of
bartending by selecting these Mixologists
to Watch. Fittingly, we gathered this year’s
coterie just prior to the happy chaos of Tales
in the cocktail destination Cure, which is
overseen by Neal Bodenheimer and is part
of the group that also features Bellocq at
the Hotel Modern and the just-launched
rum mecca Cane & Table. Since opening
in 2009, Cure has become known for its
cultured setting, civilized “house rules” and
carefully curated cocktails that showcase
creativity while paying homage to the craft.
TEXT BY JACK ROBERT I ELLO PORTRAI TS BY ANDREW KIST
THE BEVERAGE NETWORK’S 2013
MIXOLOGISTS
to
WATCH
Cure Interior photographs by Kevin O'Mara
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