Regarding a Bartender's Journey Away From Over-Complicated Cocktails

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Kate Bolton Photo: Haighteration

"In the beginning I made some really atrocious stuff. I used avocado. I made these horrible gastriques with blackberries and balsamic vinegar. It’s been quite the evolution to realize, 'Oh, it’s about balance, and about finding something that’s beautiful, and works, and is not so esoteric.'" — Bartender Kate Bolton, who created the cocktail program at Maven, talking about her education as a mixologist and her days at Wexler's and Michael Mina. [Haighteration]