The St. Regis Mexico City has introduced a new mixology program at the hotel’s recently renovated King Cole Bar. Additionally, head bartender Ricardo Sandoval, who is responsible for overseeing the cocktail menu and exclusive bar concept, will develop cocktails and workshops for group events and weddings.
Held on the first Wednesday of every month, #TheArtOfMixology will gather Sandoval and fellow international-level mixologists at King Cole Bar. The mixology series will begin this month with guest mixologists Christine Wiseman and Damon Rosberry from The Broken Shaker, ranked number 16 on the list of 50 Best Bars in the world. Wiseman has worked in renowned bars and restaurants in Los Angeles, including Ink, La Descarga and No Vacancy, and is currently the head bartender at The Broken Shaker in Los Angeles. Rosberry, a native of El Salvador, studied at the Culinary Institute of America where he developed a special enthusiasm for wine and spirits. After finishing his studies, he began his career as a bartender at the Waldorf Astoria Casa Marina Resort in Key West, Fla., and later led the mixology program at Qualia Resort on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Since 2015, he has held the role of head bartender at The Broken Shaker in Miami Beach.
In the coming months, King Cole Bar will welcome several acclaimed guest mixologists, including Leslie Cofresi and Carlos Irizarry in May, Chris Mendenhall in June and Giacomo Gianotti in July. In 2012, Cofresi won the World Class Puerto Rico and is currently the founder and head bartender of La Factoria in San Juan de Puerto Rico. Irizarry is an ambassador of Ketel One Puerto Rico and head bartender alongside Cofresi at La Factoria. With more than 12 years of experience in the industry, Mendenhall is the lead mixologist at Bar Quadrant located in the Ritz Carlton, Washington D.C. Gianotti comes from Bar Paradiso in Barcelona, Spain, and was the winner of "Best Bartenders of Spain 2014.”
Complementing the new mixologist series, Sandoval, a member of the World Class Club Elite, an annual World Class Competition to search for the world’s best bartenders, is introducing seasonal ingredients, ingenious presentations and sustainable foods on the new menu. The new concept welcomes travelers and city dwellers to indulge in exquisite creations while savoring the gastro-bar menu that sophisticatedly interprets Mexican “street food.”