Bartender Spirits Awards

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Michael Cecconi

Mixology Instructor, Monday Night Mixology & The Institute of Culinary Education

Michael Cecconi creates delectable libations and now teaches the hard-earned secrets of the cocktail making trade virtually, both for private events as well as on his IGTV feed (themobilemixologist). Beyond creating and teaching world-class cocktails, Michael bottles his craft cocktails so they can be enjoyed wherever desired,, available throughout the bay area. Michael was the maestro behind the cocktails at Peter Hoffman's Savoy and Back Forty in New York City, as well as Two Sisters Bar & Books and Alembic in San Francisco.

His work has been featured in the SF Chronicle (Bar Star 2012), Food & Wine, The New York Times, The Today Show, and countless blogs. He also teaches with Alembic and Kitchen on Fire.

Meet our Judges

Makenzie Helem

Top 30 bartenders in the US for USBG World Class 2023 and Bartender at Spilt Milk, Chicago

Trudy Thomas

Corporate Director of Beverage at Southworth Development, Spirits Educator and Mixologist, Nashville

Elliott Ernst

Country's Top 100 World Class Bartenders and Mixologist, Rockford

Damian Langarica

TOP 100 World Class 2023, TOP 50 World Class 2022, Bartender at Next of Kin, Philadelphia

Valerie Cao

Director of Operations & Beverage Director, Le Colonial, Chicago