Monday, April 14

Gotta Go's Top 10 Best Indy Mixologists 2014

With Indianapolis stepping it up its game in the craft cocktail arena, it was only a matter of time before people started wondering who is the best, where to find them and what the heck is a mixologist and how is that different than a bartender.
Bartenders tend bar, they pour drinks, follow recipes and (if they are good) make great-tasting adult bevvys. There are numerous talented bartenders in the city. Mixologists take everything a step or three farther. They actually create the recipes bartenders follow, know the balance of acidity required and can tell you why they use ice, or not, when to rim a glass and what is needed when they taste a not-quite fabulous cocktail.

They are the newest rock stars of the gastro world and below are the top in that field in Indy. This list was compiled by industry experts, competition judges and restaurant-bar owners for the up and coming, the already rocking it and those who are still considered tops even if no longer in the game. Unfortunately, with only room for 10, some names you might feel are missing were not able to make the list this year. The mixologists below have won competitions, impressed their field's experts and wowed clientele to the point they are (or soon will be) a name synonymous with the Indy Craft Cocktail scene.

Top 10 Best Indy Mixologists 2014

Zachari Wilks
Cocktail: Pisco Sour
Recipe: 2 oz pisco, 3/4 oz lemon juice, 1/2 oz Wilks & Wilson
Gertrudes Gomme, 1 sm egg white
Garnish: Angostura bitters
Glassware: cocktail or coupe
Directions: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and dry shake
(shake without ice). Add ice to the shaker and shake well. Strain into
a chilled coupe or cocktail glass.

J. B. Andrews

Devon Boyll

Kendall Lockwood

Jason Foust

Ryan Puckett

Joshua Gonzales

Michael Gray

Adam Hayden

Sara Yager
Cocktail: Stormy Night
Recipe: 3 oz. Effen Black Cherry Vodka, 1 oz. Watermelon Pucker, 1 oz
Blue CuraƧao Liqueur, 1 oz. Sweet and Sour Mix
Garnish: Watermelon wedge
Glassware: Martini glass
Directions: Mix all ingredients over ice in shaker, strain into glass
and garnish

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a food and wine magazine columnist writing Destination Dining and Corks & Forks; a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on Indy Style, WISH8 (CBS). Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at and Gotta Go is published on, and in magazines. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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