December is a time of celebration. The best mixologists in the world are being recognized for their contributions to the cocktail industry and beyond. They're best known for their innovative recipes, professional service, and overall extraordinary experience. Here are our featured personalities for this month!
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1. Ricardo Nava
Ricardo Nava @ricardonavam is the head of Limantour Bar and Bartender Polanco ambassador for Diageo Reserve in Mexico. With 6 years experience, he shows his passion to be a great bartender by making sure that each cocktail has defined flavors with balance between citrus bitterness while using fine tasting notes blending spirits!
2. Manuel Falconi
Manuel Falconi @manuelfalconi is a bartender and hospitality ambassador for Barthenope. He also works at the Radici Clandestine, where he makes available to customers mixed drinks of an exceptional level that are both refreshing and great in flavor combinations.
3. David Rios
David Rios @davidriosexperience is a masterful bartender with over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He won awards for his work, including being named Diageo Reserve World Class 2013 Best Bartender.
4. Oliver Deak
Oliver Deak @bartender_oliver_deak is a bartender with flair skills! He likes to play around the bottles and mix flavors. Olivér ended up managing an amazing speakeasy bar called Ninetyeight because of his hard work, patience, creativity - everything you need in order to make something great happen.
5. Patrick Pistolesi
The winner of the Campari One To Watch 2019, Drink Kong is an ode to Rome's own hirsute bartender Patrick Pistolesi @_thepisto_ . His broad shoulders are as big as those at Colosseum and he throws shade on his bar just like it does for him when other patrons enter - they're in for one memorable experience!
6. Riccardo Rossi
In his first job, Riccardo Rosi @riccardo_smith moved from the runner position to bar manager within 2 years. In 2013 he returned to Italy and founded a well-known high volume cocktail bar of the Roman scene called Freni e Frizioni where he worked for almost 5 years.
He returned once more in 2016 when they opened their new project La Punta Expendio de Agave - a Mexican restaurant/bar together with The Jerry Thomas Project boys as business partners.
7. Beltrami Alessio
When Beltrami Alessio @beltra.ale was born in Italy, he had no idea that his life would take this turn. It all started when fate led him to meet one of the best bartenders on the peninsula: Giacomo Giannotti! Together they made cocktails at Paradiso Cocktail Bar - which is where his adventure really began in the world of bartending.
8. Vasilis Kyritsis
Vasilis Kyritsis @bkyritsis is the head bartender and co-founder of The Clumsies, a multi award winning bar in Athens. This Greek bartender who has worked in the drinks industry for over 14 years. He is one of Europe's best bartenders, and was nominated as ‘Top 10 International Bartender of year 2017’ at Tales Of The Cocktail Competition in New Orleans.
9. Tommaso Cecca
Tommasco Cecca @tommaso.cecca is a self-educated bartender and nightlife personality from Bari, Italy. He started working at an early age in the bar near his house where he learned how to mix coffees before moving on to cocktails and all things related with it. His international exposure began after traveling to London where he met Salvatore Calabrese.
10. Marco Tordinac
Marco Tordinac @marko_tordinac is an award-winning flair bartender that is best known for his work at various bars and restaurants. He continues to impress cocktail lovers with his famous Flairtender showmanship and flair tricks.