IN THE SPIRIT FEATURING: MacKenzie Smith, Grilled Cheese Social / Black Dolphin Inn, Blogger & Executive Chef
Matthew Wyne, Founder, Letters & Liquor
I find inspiration everywhere, but the question for me is always "how can I create an experience that surprises someone?" Cocktails are different from beer and wine in that there's a little bit of magic to them. The drinker gets to watch these various components come together into something new. I love finding ways to remind people that there is magic in the world.
Rael Petit, @raelpetit, The Williamsburg Hotel, Beverage Director
I grew up cooking french food and both my sister and my mom told me the most important ingredient is love. I imply that principle while making my drinks.