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 Bartenders Behind the Applejack of My Eye Box!

Behind the Winter Rose

Russell Davis, our CCO (Chief Cocktail Officer) who oversees  monthly box and recipe curation, has been hailed "The People's Champion of Bartending" (Mutineer Magazine) and "The Aristocrat of the Working Class" ( He continues to seize international attention  as a bar/mixology/spirits consultant, television personality, and bar industry entrepreneur, paving the way for the new era of the celebrity mixologist. Russell was co-star of Spike TV’s Bar Rescue, served as president of the Texas Chapter of USBG, and was named Nightclub & Bar's 2012 Bartender of the Year. He's also president of Unlimited Liabilities, an elite bar/spirits industry company comprised of some of the world's best bar talent, and CEO of Cocktails & Dreams, Inc.

Behind the Black Gold

Watson Barry is an award-winning bartender whose cocktails have been featured in the LA Times, The Tasting Panel Magazine, andSFGate. Watson didn’t grow up wanting to be a bartender, and in fact, took his first job behind a bar as a means of supplementing freelance work. Yet, in no time he was hooked and started spending his free time poring over cocktail books both new and old, practicing his technique, and watching every video on service he could find. This passion has directly translated into what he does on a nightly basis, tending bar and managing the program at Le Cheval in Oakland.

Behind the Cinnamon Apple Toddy

Dedicating her professional life to all things beverage related, Christy Pope has traveled the world with her consulting company, Cuffs & Buttons (with partner Chad Solomon). Their focus is helping bars, restaurants, hotels, and resorts create elevated beverage programs and menus, conduct educational training, and execute beverage-oriented events. In 2014, they opened Midnight Rambler, a craft cocktail salon in the Joule Hotel in Dallas, Texas. Christy always sees the glass as half-full and prefers the contents to be applejack!

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