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Kirsten Amann has over fifteen years of experience in the beverage industry as a brand ambassador, publicist, bartender, and writer. She's a founding member of the Boston chapters of Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC Boston) and the United States Bartenders Guild. Kitty writes a monthly cocktail column for the Massachusetts' Beverage Business Magazine under the byline "Pink Lady" and her cocktail writing has appeared in Daily Candy, The Weekly Dig, and Chilled Magazine, among others. She's the co-author of Drinking Like Ladies: 75 Modern Cocktails from the World's Leading Female Bartenders.
Misty Kalkofen has spent over twenty years honing her craft and has earned a reputation as one of America’s foremost authorities on cocktail history and culture. She's been featured in Bon Appétit Magazine, Imbibe Magazine, Food & Wine cocktail edition, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Tasting Panel Magazine, Wine & Spirits Magazine, and more. In 2013, she decided to focus on her love for all things agave by joining the team of Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal. Always one to find a good reason for a party, Misty founded the Boston chapter of LUPEC, which has raised more than $40,000 for local Boston women’s charities, thus fulfilling her desire to “cocktail for a cause.” She's the co-author of Drinking Like Ladies.
Kate Durgin has traveled and worked in many great cities. Her aim in bartending and the hospitality industry is to provide experiences that are curated to allow guests to enjoy what they love, to experiment to find new adventures, and to provide a little entertainment along the way. Her cocktail The Kitashima appears in Drinking Like Ladies.
Maggie Hoffman is the author of The One-Bottle Cocktail: More than 80 Recipes with Fresh Ingredients and a Single Spirit (Ten Speed Press), which was a top-four finalist for the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award for best cocktail book of 2018. She founded the drinks section of Serious Eats in 2011 and served as the managing editor for the James Beard Award–winning site. These days, she reviews bars for the San Francisco Chronicle, and her work has appeared in Sunset Magazine, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, and online in Saveur, Food & Wine, Punch, Taste, and others. She lives in San Francisco.
Brian Griffiths has lived in Miami for over a decade, and his love for South Florida always shines through. Formerly of Lucali and Broken Shaker, Brian combines his hospitality knowledge, love of subtropical ingredients, and sense of kitschy style in his cocktails and his establishments. His cocktail the Gorilla Monsoon appears in The One-Bottle Cocktail.
Professional bartender Sother Teague is the Beverage Director at acclaimed NYC bitters bar Amor y Amargo, partner at both the tea-driven Blue Quarter and French-inspired Windmill, co-founder of NYC charity pop-up bar Coup, and host of The Speakeasy on Heritage Radio Network. He developed a love of teaching while working on the TV program Good Eats and has been featured as a cocktail expert in several outlets including Esquire, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Time Out, BuzzFeed, and others. In 2018, he was honored with Wine Enthusiast's "Mixologist of the Year" award. His first book, I'm Just Here For The Drinks: A Guide to Spirits, Drinking and More Than 100 Extraordinary Cocktails, features his cocktail the Red Gin (among many others!) within its pages.