To celebrate the 10th edition of our outstanding annual book F&W Cocktails, we salute America’s mixology madness. Here are ten brilliant bartenders who’ve shaped the way we drink over then last decade.
Eric Alperin (The Varnish, L.A.)
Alperin’s outstanding bar and inspired drinks helped revitalize a whole neighborhood: downtown L.A. 118 E. Sixth St.; thevarnishbar.com.
Jamie Boudreau (Canon, Seattle)
The Pacific Northwest cocktail pioneer has amassed perhaps the world’s largest spirits selection—some 2,800 bottles with over 200 kinds of vintage whiskey. 928 12th Ave.; canonseattle.com.
Julian Cox (Rivera, L.A.)
Cox has made L.A.—a city known for Red Bull and vodka—care about craft cocktails. His Barbacoa, a mix of mezcal, chipotle and ginger syrup, is a modern classic. 1050 S. Flower St.; riverarestaurant.com.\