After becoming Puerto Rico’s World Class Bartender 2012, Leslie Cofresi co-founded La Factoria in Old San Juan in 2013, looking to bring craft cocktails to the Caribbean. He didn't disappoint—La Factoria was named one of the "World's 50 Best Bars" by Drinks International magazine last year. One of the stars of the newly formed gastro-cultural collective "Cosa Nuestra" in New York City, Leslie is a driving force in bringing contemporary Latin American culture into the mainstream.
Abigail Deirdre Gullo fell into bartending when she learned to make a Manhattan (sweet) for her beloved grandfather, Vincent. Her original cocktails have been recognized in numerous national and international competitions and have been featured in The New York Times, Imbibe, Garden & Gun , and other publications. Eater NOLA named her Bartender of the Year in 2014 and she was Heaven Hill Brands’ Bartender of the Year 2016. When not behind the bar at Compere Lapin, or enjoying the fine city of New Orleans, Abigail is petting her dog Ronnie, blogging at www.ryegirlnyc.blogspot.com, and dreaming of singing in a rock ’n’ roll band.
Ana Souza, a retired Brazilian model, grew up on a sugarcane farm that produced artisanal cachaça. Imagine her surprise several years after leaving the farm when she discovered that spirits were one of her greatest passions—particularly Latin American ones. Recently, she has been focusing on expanding knowledge and appreciation of those spirits in Asia. As the current head bartender at The Pontiac in Hong Kong (named one of Asia'a best bars 2016 by The World's 50 Best Bars ), she works closely with her mentor, Beckaly Franks, pumping out cocktails, science, and rock ’n’ roll.