Black lives matter.
To our black collaborators, bartenders, friends, and customers - we will work harder to support you, and we stand in solidarity with you.
Today we are highlighting some of our favorite BIPOC bartenders, bar owners, and mixologists who are pushing the industry forward. Below you’ll find a mix of inspiring men and women, some of whom we’ve recently discovered and others who we’ve followed for a long time. While this is a small action and certainly just the start of work we will do, we hope that we can use our platform to drive awareness and support for people we admire.
Talk about a dynamic duo. Johnny Caldwell and Taneka Reaves are two Charleston-based bloggers who promote members of the beverage community by hosting happy hour chats and provide resources to learn more about the craft of the cocktail. Did we mention we’re obsessed with their Jagermeister ColdBrew Martini? Click here to have them mix things up at your next event - they can even do virtual gatherings!
To keep a general pulse on what’s happening in the drink (and food!) industry, follow @blackfoodfolks (website coming soon), founded by James Beard Foundation’s Director of Culinary Community Initiatives Colleen Vincent and Brooklyn-based photographer Clay Williams. They host IGTV chats with chefs and mixologists, so it’s an incredible place to learn more about the industry and chefs’ stories.
As NYC residents, we look to Camille at The Cocktail Snob for drink recipes and recommendations on where to grab a drink for literally any occasion. Her vibe is high energy and the cocktails she posts will have you making drink plans (or, in quarantine, buying new accessories for your bar cart) in no time.
4. Potent Pours
One of our latest follows, Potent Pours has already taken our breath away with the gorgeous and utterly Instragramable cocktails she creates at home. To see these beautiful cocktails IRL (and to actually get to taste them!), the founder, Kimberly Hunter, hosts workshops, craft cocktail event experiences, and cocktail menu consulting that can be booked here.
Shannon Mustipher is the Beverage Director at Brooklyn restaurant Glady’s Caribbean and a co-founder and co-host of Women Who Tiki, which she describes as “a tropical cocktail-centric pop-up that brings teams of guest bartenders together to bring Tiki to the masses.” If that’s not enough to get you excited, know that her new book, Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails, landed her a top 10 spot on Tales of a Cocktail’s 2020 list of Best New Cocktail Books.