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

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. Its been quite the evolution to realize, 'Oh, its about balance, and about finding something thats 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]