Mixologists Gone Wild!

In case you missed it: Here is link to this morning’s Food Talk with John & Max on KNPR’s State of Nevada: (Stay tuned to the end to hear them mix (and ELV taste) three cocktails in the KNPR studio. Yep, drinkin’ on the job. Again.)

The Art of Mixology

AIR DATE: December 10, 2010


While celebrity bartenders haven’t quite caught up to celebrity chefs in public awareness, their craft is still growing in popularity. John Curtas talks to three of the valley’s best-known “mixologists,” who discuss some of the details of what they do and what makes a great cocktail. Then they demonstrate with some sample drinks for Mister Curtas!

Jeremy Merritt, Head Bartender, Downtown Cocktail Room
Tony Abou-Ganim, author, The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails
Patricia Richards, Cocktail Dir, Wynn/Encore

Getting Smashed with Class – Cocktails and Cuisine at Encore

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When you put master mixologists Steve Olson, Tony Abou-Ganim and Patricia Richards together at the same time, you can pretty much be assured that the good booze will be flowing.

Combine their talents with Italian nibbles from Theo Schoenegger and James Benson, and you have the booziest, funnest, and tastiest sippin’ seminar….ever.

It all took place beside the Encore pool and was packed with devotees of the cult of the cocktail. Surprisingly, the afternoon soiree was a remarkably sober affair for all the top shelf hooch being hand-crafted to a fare thee well.

Maybe that’s because Abou-Ganim’s acolytes are more interested in flavor, ingredients and technique than intoxication.

ELV of course, was only there to lap up the libations and plow through the potent potables.

And as you can see, the result of seven spectacular drinks before 5 PM wasn’t a pretty sight.