World's Greatest Hotel Bartenders

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Courtesy of The Wynn, Las Vegas

Frequent flier Jonah Disend, 37, CEO of New York-based company Redscout, travels so often that the only bars he has time to check out are the ones in hotels. That’s not a bad thing, since barkeeps in lobby annexes aren’t fusty lifers anymore. In fact, they’re often a hotel’s secret weapon in attracting discerning guests like Disend.

 

Patricia RichardsLas Vegas

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Hotel: Wynn Encore

Bar: The East Side Lounge

The Vancouver-born Richards started out as a line cook in restaurants before joining the front of house as a bartender. The tequila-loving, seven-year veteran now masterminds the lists at Wynn Encore’s entire bar collection—a 26-strong clutch of venues—but she’s most often found mixing margaritas with fresh sour mix (no bottled juices, thank you very much) at the East Side Lounge in the new Encore annex.

Signature Cocktail: Sinatra Smash

  • 4 fresh blackberries
  • 1 1/2 oz. fresh Sweet & Sour
  • 1/4 oz. Sonoma Vanilla–infused simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz. Briotett Crème de Cassis
  • 1 1/2 oz. Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey

In a mixing glass, muddle blackberries and Sweet & Sour. Add remaining ingredients and shake with ice until chilled. Strain over crushed ice in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with mint sprig dusted with powdered sugar and serve.

World's Greatest Hotel Bartenders

 

 

 

 

World's Greatest Hotel Bartenders

Patricia RichardsLas Vegas

Hotel: Wynn Encore

Bar: The East Side Lounge

The Vancouver-born Richards started out as a line cook in restaurants before joining the front of house as a bartender. The tequila-loving, seven-year veteran now masterminds the lists at Wynn Encore’s entire bar collection—a 26-strong clutch of venues—but she’s most often found mixing margaritas with fresh sour mix (no bottled juices, thank you very much) at the East Side Lounge in the new Encore annex.

Signature Cocktail: Sinatra Smash

  • 4 fresh blackberries
  • 1 1/2 oz. fresh Sweet & Sour
  • 1/4 oz. Sonoma Vanilla–infused simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz. Briotett Crème de Cassis
  • 1 1/2 oz. Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey

In a mixing glass, muddle blackberries and Sweet & Sour. Add remaining ingredients and shake with ice until chilled. Strain over crushed ice in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with mint sprig dusted with powdered sugar and serve.

World's Greatest Hotel Bartenders

 

 

 

 

Courtesy of The Wynn, Las Vegas
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