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Jonathan Pogash

The Cocktail Guru

Jonathan Pogash, “The Cocktail Guru,” is a mixologist, cocktail consultant, educator and cocktail book author with over 16 years of experience servicing bars, liquor brands, and sophisticated drinkers across the country. Jonathan’s signature cocktails can be enjoyed in award-winning cocktail lounges and restaurants from New York to New England. He has shaken up cocktails on “The Today Show," "Fox & Friends," “WNBC Weekend Today in New York”, Fox Boston, WPRI Providence, and shared his cocktail expertise on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, among others. Jonathan edited the 75th Anniversary Edition of the world renowned Mr. Boston Bartender's Guide.

Just as Executive Chefs earn their chops “behind the line,” Jonathan has worked his way up “behind the stick”, from bar back at New York’s famous Russian Tea Room to his present-day role as president of his eponymous, full-service beverage consulting firm, The Cocktail Guru. His influences include cocktail luminaries Steve Olson, Gary Regan, and Albert Trummer. Precise technique, fresh ingredients, and seasonality are hallmarks of The Cocktail Guru’s style.

In 2005, Jonathan launched The Cocktail Guru, where he created bar programs for some of New York’s finest cocktail dens, including The Campbell Apartment and Bookmarks Lounge. Today, his team has grown to include a 20+ person network of mixologists nationwide. The Cocktail Guru consults on bar programs, brand launches, and cocktail, food and wine festivals and offers bartending services, mixology classes and demonstrations for consumer-facing events and corporate teambuilding mixology classes. In 2009 Jonathan debuted Wedding Cocktail Design, a separate arm of The Cocktail Guru that creates signature wedding drinks, leads bachelor/ette mixology classes, and offers cocktail catering for high-end weddings.

Jonathan has taught mixology classes at the Astor Center in New York and presently conducts classes at the Institute for Culinary Education.  As the Northeast Vice President of the United States Bartenders’ Guild, Jonathan travels the country educating and preserving the craft of the cocktail.