I do declare, I am in love with whisk(e)y and I am officially shouting it from the mountaintop. From the moment Don Draper took a sip of his Old fashioned, we have become obsessed with whisk(e)y-based cocktails. After Mr. Draper inspired a new generation of brown liquor lovers, the Japanese swooped in and bought up whisky distilleries from Scotland all the way down to the whiskey distilleries in Kentucky.
he cocktail and spirits industry is exploding, and Dushan Zaric was there in the beginning of the new rennaissance. As an owner of Employees Only and the 86 Company, Dushan has been a pioneer when it comes to revolutionizing cocktails, and how we make them. He has inspired countless bartenders and restaurant professionals all over the world, and when you talk to the guy, he is legitimately one of the most humble and kindest individuals you will ever meet.
artenders aren’t yet celebrities in the same sense as Chefs, but if you’ve been paying attention to cocktail culture over the past few years, there are a few names you’ll continue to hear. As the craft of bartending has continued to rise since the late 90s, the new revival can be traced to the teachings of one man, Mr Dale DeGroff.