Meet the Bartenders of Jack's Black Book

Each year, we travel around the country with Jack Daniel's Brand Ambassador Eric "ET" Tecosky as he meets up with old and new friends and discovers how they are using Jack Daniel's in their mixology. He compiles his journey into a little black book; below are a few of the bartenders who will be gracing the pages of the Jack's Black Book. 

DUGGAN MCCONNELL
Director of Beverage, China Live, San Francisco, Calif.   
 

If a tourist could do only one thing in your city, what should it be?

If the tourist drinks cocktails, pick up a copy of my book, Drinking the Devil's Acre, and use it as a guide to experience San Francisco's history from a barstool. 

What can be found in your city like nowhere else?

Dive deep into Chinatown; it's got the largest concentration of Chinese people and culture outside of China. It's an epic delight.

What do you wish stayed a secret in your town?

One can drink outside anywhere within the Presidio-it's public federal land. Shh!

When you travel, what do you miss most about your city?

Just home. I've got San Francisco in my bones.

What's the worst mistake you've made behind the bar?

I'm a confessional barman-I've been around the block and wrote about it. The worst thing was, frankly, getting drunk behind the stick; it's a dumb thing to do. One night, I drank so much and goofed around that I thoroughly sprained my ankle. That was a younger man's error-one that I regret.

Best cocktail name you've ever come up with?

Vice & Virtue: It eclipses the spiritual and spirited qualities of life. Life, like a great cocktail, is full of opposites and must always seek to live in harmony. 

What is your favorite Jack Daniel's cocktail?

Anything with chilies. Jack's rich, smooth character does wonders in a drink when spiked with fresh chilies. 


DOUGLAS BEDFORD
Bartender, 
The Double Standard, 
Oakland, Calif.


What's your favorite local spot to enjoy Jack Daniel's?

My favorite spot is Heart and Dagger Saloon in Oakland. It's a shot-and-beer-type bar with a great patio, pool table, excellent jukebox and amazing bartenders with motorcycles parked out front. You feel just a little bit cooler once you're there and a lot cooler once you leave. It is everything you want a bar to be.

If a tourist could do only one thing in your city, what should it be?

Go to a sporting event at the Oakland Coliseum before the Raiders desert us for Las Vegas or the Warriors go across the bridge to San Francisco. The Raiders "Black Hole" is something that has to be experienced in person. My heart is breaking as I say this.

What can be found in your city like nowhere else?

The community's support for artistic expression and local business. Oakland has an incredible balance between culture and commerce. Independent stores, restaurants and bars here have a unique identity, while still feeling very much like Oakland.

What do you wish stayed a secret in your town?

That it's a cool place to live! One year we were ranked in a national online magazine as third-most dangerous city in America; then the following year the same publication named us the most exciting city. I'm happy our city has finally gotten the recognition it deserves; I just still want to be able to afford to live here!

When you travel, what do you miss most about your city?

I miss the sight of the Bay Bridge and the water, especially at sunset. I was born here, and being able to look into the horizon as the sun goes down has always been magical to me. The site of the last bit of orange glow of the sun as it disappears into the ocean makes me feel like I'm at home.

What one bar tool would you want with you on a desert island?

A wine key--it might as well be a Swiss Army knife for bartenders. A friend I worked with was locked in a closet with his hands zip-tied behind back and escaped with his wine key. Maybe third-dangerous city wasn't a stretch! So  . . . yeah, I would definitely bring that tool.

What bartender behavior drives you crazy?

Not having a sense of urgency. It bums me out when you a see bartender not dialed in or putting out the vibe that they don't want to be there. We have one of the coolest jobs ever. Having a good time is contagious ... you have got to spread it.

Where do you get your bartending inspiration?

One place I get inspiration is the Oaktown Spice Shop. This store is an emporium for the imagination and senses when it comes to finding or discovering flavors for cocktails. I usually find myself there once a week and most of the time walk away with some sort spice, herb, tea or salt.

My other inspiration comes from my coworkers at the Double Standard. I can have an idea about a cocktail and, just by hanging out and experimenting at the bar before opening, we come up with a well-balanced cocktail or menu idea or a new angle on what we want to achieve for the bar and ourselves. I am pretty luck for the group that we have.

BRIAN McCULLOUGH
Partner/Co-Founder,
The Standard Pour, Dallas 


What bar tool would you take on a desert island?

Cobbler shaker.

What drink reminds you of a great memory?

Eggnog.

What is y our favorite Jack Daniels cocktail?

Jack and Coke for sure. There is just something simply perfect about the sweetness and refreshment.

Favorite place to bartend?

The Standard Pour, of course.

Favorite cocktail garnish?

Great olives.

Molecular mixology: yay or nay?

Yay ... for some things, when it's appropriate.

What's the most unlikely place you've had a great drink?

I did a video shoot for country singer Casey Musgraves. She was awesome. We shot at a place called Scotch & Soda in Springfield, Mo. A small college town, very unassuming, but with a totally cool culture of food and cocktails. The owner, Josh, and I became friends. Amazing bar!

What bartender behavior drives you crazy?

When they leave their damn shakers, strainers and such in the dump sink. Hate it!

What's the worst mistake you've ever made behind the bar?

Hiring people. Sometimes it just doesn't work out.

Best cocktail name you've come up with?

"The Pisco Kid Rides Into the Sunset" was a good one. I did some cocktails named after the Three Amigos: Ned Nederlander, Dusty Bottoms and Lucky Day. They were for one of our agave concepts.

What ingredient would you like to see used more often?

Sherry.

What's the first cocktail you ever made?

Vermouth Cocktail for a lady in her 40s when I first started at the 8.0 in Dallas. Martini Rossi Dry with soda and lemon.

PAMELA WIZNITZER
Creative Director,
Seamstress, NYC


What's your favorite local spot to enjoy Jack Daniel's?

Besides my home? I would say the Penrose on the Upper Eastside of Manhattan 

If a tourist could only do one thing in your city, what would it be?

Either ride the Staten Island Ferry or walk over the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset. 

What can be found in your city that you have never seen anywhere else?

The energy that radiates 24 hours a day. It's a sensation that is unparalleled. 

What do you wish stayed a secret in your town?

Nothing. I think the best part of NYC is how open and honest locals are with the inner secrets of our city. 

When you travel, what do you miss most about your city?

The bagels, pizza, 24-hour diners and energy. 

What's your f avorite spot in the country to bartend?

Behind my bar at Seamstress. I feel so comfortable and happy when I get behind the stick. 

What bartender behavior drives you crazy?

Talking negatively about guest experiences on social media/online after a shift or while you are bartending or in articles where journalists ask for our "pet peeves." Take those negatives and transform them into something constructive or positive. It's time for us to swallow our pride a bit more and remember that we work in hospitality, which is not always the easiest line of work to handle. There will be times when people upset you or challenge your patience. When that happens, find ways to talk about it in private, not by ranting on Facebook or Twitter. What you do and say can have severe repercussions, and it's best to always find the silver lining and rise above. 

Where do you get your bartending inspiration?

Inspiration happens all the time. I keep all of my senses open and aware when I am out and about every day. Inspiration can come from other restaurants and food I eat, museums (I'm a member of the Met for this exact reason), colors, sounds, nature and more. 


DALE DEGROFF
King Cocktail, New York City



What's your favorite local spot to enjoy Jack Daniel's?
Doug Quinn's Hudson and Malone on East 53rd Street.

If a tourist could only do one thing in your city, what would it be?
Dine out and see a Broadway show.

What can be found in your city that you have never seen anywhere else?
My life and the life I dreamed about . . . and a saloon on almost every block.

What do you wish stayed a secret in your town?

I don't live in a town. I live in a city, a city full of secrets; and some of them are revealed eventually.  

When you travel, what do you miss most about your city?
A cab when I need it and a 24-hour life.

What drink reminds you of a great memory?
My first Stinger at Joe Baum's CharleyO's in Rock Center. No, wait! Make that my first Irish Coffee at Buena Vista. But I forgot the Vieux Carré from Marvin at the Monteleone! No, no, wait! The first time I tasted Poire William and thought it was going to be sweet on the balcony overlooking the barroom in the sadly just closed Four Seasons Restaurant.

Favorite spot in the country to bartend?
The Rainbow Room, before the Cipriani's took over and tore out my beautiful bar and replaced it with four tables. No surprise they were eventually evicted leaving millions of dollars in damage to the stunning Joe Baum restoration of that historical property. 

Favorite cocktail garnish?
Flamed orange or lemon peel.

What bartender behavior drives you crazy?
Unfriendly behavior.

Best cocktail name you've ever come up with?
Añejo Highball.


BREA WILSKE
Brown-Forman Whiskey Specialist, Young's Market Company



What drink reminds you of a great memory?
I grew up in San Diego, and after surfing on the weekends, I always had a margarita and a California burrito. Now, in the winter in Seattle, I order a margarita and it takes me right back to those rooftop bars in SD after hours of surfing. 

What bartender behavior drives you crazy?
While I love to make jokes about the Tinder date at the end of the bar as much as the next guy, I really can't stand when bartenders do it during service. Guests can pick up on it when you're not into them and talking about it will likely just sour your mood and make you inclined to give poor service. Wait until 2 a.m. when you lock the doors and have your shiftie with your team to talk about the jerk who stiffed you.

Where do you get your bartending inspiration?
Mostly from the kitchen. My ma and nanny are incredible Italian ladies who own the kitchen and I grew up learning so much about authentic Italian cooking from some of the most powerful ladies I know. Getting to carry those skills into my own kitchen has been amazing, and when I started bartending in craft bars, I quickly realized I could take those skills and apply them to cocktail making. Cooking is really my biggest inspiration for bartending.


ERIC HOBBIE
A Family Secret, Las Vegas



What's your favorite memory of Jack Daniel's?
A great memory I have is my dad making Jack Daniel's Manhattan's for my grandfather. When my grandparents would come to visit us, my pops would have to make a jug of pre-made Manhattans using Jack Daniel's of course, since it was Frank Sinatra's favorite whiskey and he was a God in our house. He would throw six to seven cherries in the jug and when my grandpa would finish his cocktail, I was allowed to eat the cherry. Catching my first buzz at an early age.

Favorite spot in the country to bartend?
My favorite spot to bartender in the country would be Vegas. Only because I get to meet new people every day from all over the world. 

Where's the most unlikely place you've had a great drink?
The most unlikely place I have had a great cocktail would be 30,000 feet in the air. Little secret: I batch cocktails in little shampoo and lotion containers and mix my own drinks in the sky. Been doing it for years.  


JULIO CABRERA 
The Regent,  Miami



What one bar tool would you take with you on a desert island? 
A shaker.

Molecular mixology: yay or nay? 
Nay.

Where's the most unlikely place you've had a great drink? 
On a hot air balloon.

What cocktail ingredient do you want to see used more often?
The smile.

What's the first drink you ever made? 
Ron Collins.

Where do you get your bartending inspiration? 
Smoking a cigar in my house terrace, close to a lake.


DARYL PRYOR
B and GC, Denver



Favorite cocktail garnish?
A well trimmed, well expressed citrus peel. It's simple, but when someone takes something that basic and perfects it, you know that the rest of your experience is going to be considerate and thorough. 

Either that or a plastic shark with a mouthful of Campari plunged into a cocktail on crushed ice. 
 
What bartender behavior drives you crazy?
When bartenders forget who they are bartending for. When I see a crew behind the bar that's more focused on talking among themselves, keeping their back to their patrons, and operating with a sort of generalized malaise, it really bums me out. And, for the love of all things Holy, stop taking Instagram photos of every single cocktail you churn out. Get it across the bar. It's not your first born child. 

Where do you get your bartending inspiration?
When it comes to cocktail creation, I look at classics, and I think about my culinary training. Pairing those two knowledge bases has helped me immensely behind the bar. When it comes to the whole other (and, in my opinion, more important) side of bartending, the interaction, the hospitality, I rely on empathy. Consider yourself in that seat, and consider what you'd want in that moment to feel satisfied. Then give your guest all of that and more. Unless it's drugs. Don't give them those. 


MARY KELLY
Graffiato, Washington, DC 


What's your favorite memory with ET?
Enjoying a rainy day drinking cocktails in DC! Not a common occurrence for a West Coaster!

What's your favorite local spot to enjoy Jack Daniel's?
Rebellion-best place for a Sinatra on their amazing roof deck!!

If a tourist could only do one thing in your city, what would it be?
Come for the Cherry Blossoms bloom; it's when the spring breaks and DC is at it's most beautiful!

What can be found in your city that you have never seen anywhere else?
The restaurant and bar community we have built in DC. When we say #dcrising, we mean it and we rise together. In a business that is so often highly competitive, our chef and bar community always lends a hand to anyone who is trying to grow or support other ventures, charities and celebrations.

What do you wish stayed a secret in your town?
Living in the Nation's Capital, we are pretty used to sharing our city with the world. The diversity makes everyday working or playing super interesting. However, I think like anywhere, we all want to relax with our friends when service is over. So for my after work spot, I think I'll keep it secret. 

When you travel, what do you miss most about your city?
DC is a small town disguised as a major city.  We have world class restaurants, museums, music, and parks, but DC is only 10 miles wide. At the end of the day we all know each other, when I'm away I miss that connectivity.

What one bar tool would you take with you on a desert island?
A portable ice maker. More practically, I think a fine strainer would have the most uses.

TIFFANY CATALDO
Granary Tavern, Boston, MA



What's your favorite memory with ET?
My favorite memory of ET was learning that he was the guy who invented the Surfer on Acid! I was pretty star struck at that point. He was super easy to talk to and I loved hearing his stories about rescuing puppies!!

What's your favorite local spot to enjoy Jack Daniel's?
I usually enjoy my Jack Daniels at Central Wharf Co. which is right next door to my bar so it's super easy to grab a drink after work. Also my boyfriend works there so that's a plus too!!

If a tourist could only do one thing in your city, what would it be?
As a tourist in my city, I would go to George's Island. It's been my favorite place since I was a kid and I recommend it to anybody that comes into the bar. The boat ride over is amazing and you get a perfect view of the city from the water. I love old war forts and Fort Warren is one of my all time favorites. 

What can be found in your city that you have never seen anywhere else?I've never seen anything like Lawn on D (a grassy outdoor space featuring seasonal live music, lawn games and other events) anywhere. I love playing cornhole outside and I love the light up swings! There aren't too many places in Boston where you can walk around and drink outside, so that mixed with lawn games is always a good time. 

When you travel, what do you miss most about your city?
When I travel, I miss the people most. The neighborhood I work in is such a tight knit group of people, so they're always what I'm most excited to get back home to. 

What do you wish stayed a secret in your town?
I would have to say the one after-hours spot that doesn't kick you out until 3 am (but I don't want to say where because you aren't exactly supposed to be there!), but sometimes some tourist find out about it!

NADINE RODRIGUEZ
Breeze Whiskey Lounge, Kissimmee, FL




Favorite memory with ET?
While walking towards a local bar in Orlando, we both stop in the middle of nowhere to realize we are lost. We looked up on the mural in front of us, and it has this one drawing. We instantly said let's send this to our partners. It was such a great find.

What's your favorite local spot to enjoy Jack Daniel's? 
Breeze Whiskey Lounge, a quaint art bar located in historic downtown Kissimmee.

Favorite cocktail garnish?
Edible flowers. They make the drink look dainty. 

What bartender behavior drives you crazy?
When a bartender opens a beer and throws the cap on the floor, it drives me insane. 

Best cocktail name you've ever come up with? 
Zane's Key Lime Pie. Zane is my puppy I bring to work all the time, and I think it was funny.


AARON POLSKY
Harvard & Stone, Los Angeles, CA


What's your favorite memory with ET?  
We were in the Valley drinking with Michael Neff and I started to argue with him over whiskey proof.  We left, never seeing eye to eye on the particular point, but he took the high road and hit me with a massively graceful move the next day.  

What's your favorite local spot to enjoy Jack Daniel's?  
Can I be biased? Harvard & Stone.

If a tourist could only do one thing in your city, what would it be? 
Go eat in KTOWN (Koreatown)!

What can be found in your city that you have never seen anywhere else? 
Boat Noodles.

What do you wish stayed a secret in your town? 
I'm all for sharing.

When you travel, what do you miss most about your city? 
Korean food.


BROCK SCHULTE
The Drum Room, Kansas City, MO



What one bar tool would you take with you on a desert island?
Definitely Ice!!

What is favorite Jack Daniels cocktail?
Whiskey neat.

Molecular mixology, yay, or nay?
Yay, when appropriate!

What bartender behavior drives you crazy?
Tie between being lazy and dirty.

Where do you get your bartending inspiration?
Constantly reading and learning from local chefs like Howard Hanna at The Rieger!

What's your favorite memory with ET?
It has to be the midnight hot tub party and learning to use a new piece of equipment I hadn't seen before. I don't even know the name of it, but basically you use it to extract juices from fruits like blueberries that might be difficult otherwise. 


RHIANNON ENLIL
Erin Rose, New Orleans, LA




What's your favorite memory with ET?
We spent a late evening in a pretty great bar in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The bartender at Evangelo's was this older gent, who kept pouring us shots of whiskey and told us about his father who was in WW2. It was one of those late nights where you lose complete track of time, just listening to a great bartender telling good stories, and the next thing you know, it's after 3 am and you've shared half of a bottle of Jack with a friend.

What's your favorite local spot to enjoy Jack Daniel's?
I really love Sylvain, which has great cocktails and really friendly staff. Plus, the food is outstanding.

What one bar tool would you take with you on a desert island?
A desert island? Maybe the smartest answer is the Coco-Jack!

What drink reminds you of a great memory?
I once woke up with such a fierce hangover, I thought only a Ramos Gin Fizz would cure me. After brainstorming where I could get one at that hour, I realized my only option was to make it myself. My head ached so badly, I had to sit down to shake the drink. But every single sip brought me exponentially back to life, so now whenever I drink one, I remember its unworldly healing powers.

What is your favorite Jack Daniel's cocktail?
Where I work, we will always cheers with a shot of Jack Daniel's in memory of a great friend to the bar, Asa French.

Favorite spot in the country to bartend?
I still think New Orleans is a great city to work, because most people here are specifically looking to have a great time. We have a rich history of cocktails, but we also have a laissez-faire attitude and sincere warmth in service, so everyone is comfortable. We will serve you a shot of whiskey and a joke, or make you an expertly crafted Sazerac-no pretense, no pressure, just a true joie de vivre.

Favorite cocktail garnish?
Nothing beats a giant bundle of bright fresh mint to put your nose in when drinking a julep.


NATALIE BOVIS
The Liquid Muse, Santa Fe, NM



What's your favorite memory with ET?
My favorite memory with ET was at Tales of the Cocktail 2015. I was up early to lead the Mind Body Spirits bartender wellness program, and I was walking in the French Quarter to get a coffee. I ran into ET on the sidewalk, and he had an adorable Pit Bull puppy with him that he had rescued from some rough guys on the street who weren't treating it well. He'd been up all night taking care of the puppy and he looked pretty beat. I volunteer at animal shelters, so, of course, my heart melted, and I joined him on his quest to find a safe place for the dog. We called a shelter but didn't leave the puppy there because we didn't like the look of it when we got there. Meanwhile, we were posting photos and updates on Facebook. By the afternoon, a local bartender had seen our online pleas and she adopted the dog. We went to visit her at the bar where she worked, that evening, and she showed us photos of the pup happily hanging out with her other Pit Bull rescue at her house. That day isn't only my favorite memory with ET; it was also my best day in the ten years I've attended Tales of the Cocktail!

What's your favorite local spot to enjoy Jack Daniel's?
Anywhere, really. I like whiskey. I especially like it with barbecue.

Molecular mixology, yay, or nay? 
I'm more into seasonal, fresh ingredients with a culinary slant. My third cocktail book Edible Cocktails: Garden To Glass focuses on that concept. I love shopping the Farmers Market for beets, carrot, stone fruits, honey, flowers, spices, roots and other items that I can use in my cocktail development. Basically, if I can cook with it, I can make cocktails with it!

Where's the most unlikely place you've had a great drink?
We have a dive bar, here in Santa Fe, called The Matador. It is dark, located in a basement, they blast punk rock music, and it's known as a late night shot-and-beer kind of place-popular with bartenders when they get off work. However, there are a couple of bartenders there who are passionate about mixology. If you go earlier in the evening, before it's packed, they can make classic cocktails that rival fancier places in town. 

What bartender behavior drives you crazy?
When someone talks down to me, or any customer. 

Best cocktail name you've ever come up with?
Flor de Maria. It's means "Mary's Flower" and made with tequila and hibiscus flowers. It is a tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe, an iconic figure in Mexican culture, and a prominent one in New Mexico.


JESSICA WESTERGOM
The Sand Dollar Lounge, Las Vegas, NV



What's your favorite memory with ET?
My favorite ET memory is when we first met at a Women of Whiskey brunch last year, hosted at Giada, located inside The Cromwell. We bonded over our roots, both being from around the Philly area. We joked about how we pronounced words like "water" (or "woodier" as we say it).

What's your favorite local spot to enjoy Jack Daniel's?
My favorite spot to enjoy Jack has to be at the Sand Dollar; I may seem biased because I work there, but it's the best local live music venue, and they have a Gentleman Jack program, where you can buy your own bottle and sip it while you listen to Rock 'n' Roll.

What drink reminds you of a great memory?
Jack neat or on the rocks reminds me of the average night hanging out with my friends, whether it be at home or at a great bar. Nothing better than just straight whiskey.

Favorite spot in the country to bartend?
I love bartending in Vegas. You get to see and meet so many new people every day. You get the locals and your regulars, but it's so special serving people from all around the world and giving them a memorable Vegas story or experience.

What bartender behavior drives you crazy?
I hate when bartenders preach about what YOU should have or try to school and educate the guest when they come to the bar. Guests come to relax and unwind, not hear the bartender's idea of what you should be enjoying. If they ask the bartender for advice or an opinion, that's one thing, but unwanted education bothers me. If I want a dirty martini, just make me a dirty martini.

What's the first drink you ever made?
The first cocktail I ever made was an Appletini at my first service job back in Philly. I was terrified and had no idea what was in it. Looking back, it's pretty funny that I was scared of a cocktail I've never actually had myself. 


ERIC ALPERIN
The Varnish, Half Step and Penny Pound Ice, Los Angeles, CA



What's your favorite memory with ET?
My engagement party at Jones Hollywood and 4 am burgers in New Orleans.

What's your favorite local spot to enjoy Jack Daniel's?
Jones Hollywood.

Favorite cocktail garnish?
A long orange peel.

Where's the most unlikely place you've had a great drink?
I had a great Gin & Tonic at Monte Carlo, a bar in Los Angeles on 3rd by Vermont. It's an old epic dive joint.

What cocktail ingredient do you want to see used more often?
Crystal clear and dense block ice.

What bartender behavior drives you crazy?
Ignoring the guest. A guest will feel more at home if there is acknowledgement, even if the bartender is busy.

Molecular mixology: yay, or nay?
Anything that positively furthers the craft behind the bar is fine in my book. The act of tending bar is about people, so in my mind any molecular research needs to be experimented with and perfected in the back of house. If it makes sense in a particular bar program, then all systems go. Otherwise molecular mixology fan fare behind the bar just for the sake of it is risky to the guest experience and, additionally, a bar's bottom line.


VINCENZO MARIANELLA 
Copa d'Oro, Santa Monica, CA



What's your favorite local spot to enjoy Jack Daniel's? 
I still love The Well.

What drink reminds you of a great memory? 
I'm old . . . way too many.

Favorite spot in the country to bartend?  
Beside Copa d'Oro, I wish I was working at Employees Only in NYC or in a five-star hotel in London.

Molecular mixology, yay, or nay?  
It depends on the place. At a regular bar, no, but at a fine dining or Michelin Star restaurant, why not? 

What bartender behavior drives you crazy?  
The mixologist one.

What's the first drink you ever made?  
If I can't remember what I had for breakfast this morning, how can I remember the first drink I ever made? I remember the first one I had, and it was a Bloody Mary.


Aaron DeFeo
Casino Del Sol, Tucson, AZ



What's your favorite local spot to enjoy Jack Daniel's? 
I would be lying if I said I didn't enjoy it best when I visited the distillery, but two of my best friends drink Jack almost exclusively, and I've spent many late nights talking business and life with those guys at one of our local bars... that's my favorite time to enjoy it.

If a tourist could only do one thing in your city, what would it be?
The Sonoran Desert Museum is a must-see. Perhaps the best 'zoo' in the United States, but it is so much more than that... it is a way to experience the entire Sonoran desert.

What can be found in your city that you have never seen anywhere else?
A Wild West movie studio, Old Tucson Studios. A real slice of cinematic history. They filmed "Three Amigos!" there, damnit!

What do you wish stayed a secret in your town?
If I told you it wouldn't be a secret, would it?

When you travel, what do you miss the most about your city?
How affordable it is. You can't beat the cost of living in a good sized city. I also love how quiet it can be, even though we have close to a million people in the valley.

What drink reminds you of a great memory?
Whiskey and soda reminds me of being a 19-year-old kid and traveling abroad for the first time, trying desperately to be sophisticated. I think it worked, a little bit. Also, it trained my palate to not expect sweet, and to appreciate the natural character of the spirits I was drinking. 


Yael Vengroff
Spare Room, Los Angeles, CA



What's your favorite local spot to enjoy Jack Daniel's? 
The drawing room at 6 AM. 

If a tourist could only do one thing in your city, what would it be?
Visit the Magic Castle.

What can be found in your city that you have never seen anywhere else?
Minnie Mouse walking into Chipotle across the street from your work.

What do you wish stayed a secret in your town?
The magic of Joshua Tree

When you travel, what do you miss the most about your city?
Harvard & Stone

What's the first drink you ever made?
It was an Emergen - C packet topped with Champagne and it was called a Mim-ergency 



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