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The Art of Mixology
The Art of Mixology

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AIR DATE: December 14, 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!

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Jeremy Merritt, Head Bartender, Downtown Cocktail Room
Tony Abou-Ganim, author, The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails
Patricia Richards, Cocktail Dir, Wynn/Encore
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    I heard a comment at the closing of the mixology segment that I must refute. In the early to mid '80's, I bartended in Daytona Beach, Florida. We DID taste-test cocktails using a straw prior to serving any new or unusual concoctions. I spent nearly 20 years working in the Bar/Restaurant business & in that time I saw a steady progression away from focus on quantity & towards a focus on quality. Your guests today epitomize the finest level of quality attained in mixology. I very much enjoyed this piece. Happy holidays! ~Kim
    Kim CaldwellDec 10, 2010 10:40:38 AM
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