Nathan Burdette Named 2013 Mixing Star at Tale of the Cocktail

Disaronno and the United States Bartenders Guild have named Nathan Burdette the 2013 Mixing Star during the finale event at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans.

Contestants from across the country were challenged to create a cinematic masterpiece in the form of a cocktail.   Nathan’s cocktail, The Spaghetti Western, was based off the 1966 film “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.”  Dressed in a poncho, cowboy boots and hat, Nathan’s breakout role captured the attention of critics, which included Noah Rothbaum (, David Nepov (USBG National President), Paul Sevigny (Disaronno National Brand Ambassador) and Silamith Weir (DISARONNO West Coast Ambassador). 

As the winner of the 2013 Mixing Star Finale, Nathan will be flown to Italy where he will debut his award winning cocktail to the real film critics during this year’s Venice Film Festival. 

Below I’ve included additional information on the Mixing Star competition, Nathan’s bio and his recipe.   Please let me know if you’re interested in writing about this or if you require additional information.


Nathan Burdette is a career bartender who has been pouring professionally behind the stick for the last 5 years. Nathan is from Cleveland Ohio, where he helped form the Cleveland branch of the United States Bartenders Guild and sat as active chapter president from 2012-2013. Nathan recently relocated to Los Angeles California; he is currently bartending for The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. In 2012 Nathan was given the honor of being one of the 20 finalists for Diageo World Class USA. Competing with friends and colleagues in NYC that summer was a defining moment in Nathan’s career timeline and has encouraged him to always set the bar higher. His future dreams include, world travel, brand ambassadorship, and the opening of multiple bar locations. He has an extreme passion for education within the bartending community and a dedication to restoring the art of our craft.


Spaghetti WesternCocktail Name: The Spaghetti Western
Movie Inspiration: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

1.25 oz. DISARONNO
3 California Kumquats
1 dash Way of the West  Habanero Hot Sauce
1 pinch of Nature Sauvage Fleur De Sel Sea Salt
3 oz. Tecate Cerveza