The Latest on Americaas Top Mixologists

Junior Merino (the Liquid Chef) keeps his hands very busy, and now he has designed a line of mixers, syrups and rimmers under the line Dainzu Gourmet Beverages. Syrups include hibiscus, rose, aloe and lemongrass, and gomme; mixers include pomegranate, cactus pear and strawberry, and passion fruit and pineapple; rimmers include Himalayan crystal salt–hibiscus–rose and Hawaiian volcanic salt and saffron. Find out more at

In August, Tina Michelle Braunstein, of NYC’s Empire Hotel Rooftop, took home first prize of $1,000 for her drink, My Italian Boyfriend, a mix of Cynar, Martin Miller's Gin, Trader Joe's Orange-Mango-Peach juice, Regan's orange bitters, lemon juice and Sicilian sea salted cucumber.

As if she isn’t busy enough, chef, mixologist and the all-around classy Kathy Casey is now the “Ask an Expert” mixologist for Food Network Canada — visit her here.

Kathy Casey

New York’s Lynette Moreno has left Rye House and is now slinging at the new Peels in Manhattan, a concept from the folks behind the ever-popular Freemans. Yana Volfson is head bartender.

Charlotte Voisey, newly crowned as America’s Best Spirit Ambassador, designed the drinks at the Living Room Bar & Terrace at the W Hotel in lower Manhattan. Drinks include the Apple & Sage Sour (pressed apple juice with Galliano, Stoli Gala Applik, fresh lemon), the Jitney (muddled cucumber, green Chartreuse, Hendrick’s gin, fresh lime) and the Five Points (Pisco, muddled pineapple, agave nectar, fresh lime, wild arugula).

Charlotte Voisey

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