Chicago is known to be the city of mobsters during prohibition. Countries most wanted used to settle here. Gun shots and illegal operations were heard from south side to "Irish" north side during 1920s. This cocktail is inspired by Chicago of that era.
My local farmer’s market and neighborhood ingredients were the inspiration for this cocktail. I created a beet and California Bay Laurel shrub using beets from Watsonville Farm and California Bay Laurel leaves from my neighbor’s backyard.
The Mexican Shootout is inspired by the dramatic juxtaposition of the snow capped rocky peaks against the low lying desert of the Mountain West of where I live. It is realized by taking two similar, yet opposing spirits from Mexico and pitting them against each other in a battle of the senses.
The city is a place where nearly everything is imported! However, some of my fondest memories were not going apple picking, but going to the farmer's market each fall and "picking" apples from the local merchants.
One of my favorite authors said to make a really great character, you want to have a lot of duality and contradictions within their own mind. I wanted to create a great cocktail.
Nacimiento del Legado Margarita
This cocktail, the first version of which I created as a green bartender in that very Mexican restaurant, is representative of my progression as a beverage professional.
New York, NY
Lady in Green
My original inspiration was to create something that had all the feels of matcha ice cream (which is certainly the craze in my hometown of New York), but without all the creamy dessert style fuss.
San Francisco, CA
My aspiration comes from one of my last trips to Mexico. I wanted to combine Mexican products that they use in the cuisine like coriander for the presentation and serrano pepper in the syrup to give to everyone that is trying my cocktail not just something to drink, but a real journey and multi-sensorial experience.
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