Crafting the perfect cocktail is a labor of love for Andrew Pollard. As the head mixologist and general manager of the Vesper Bar, the achingly hip cocktail lounge in the new Cosmpolitan Las Vegas, he’s able to indulge his twin passions, cooking and bartending, to create truly inspired drinks that add new twists to old classics. Vesper Bar’s menu is filled with creative libations with names like the Violet Femme, Mambo Italiano, and the boite’s namesake, Vesper’s Vesper, a take on the James Bond original.
The Phoenix, Arizona native has risen quickly since embarking on a high-end mixology career in 2004, working with legendary bartenders such as Tobin Ellis and being named “Most Inspired Bartender 2009, Las Vegas” by Bombay Sapphire/GQ Magazine. He loves working with ingredients like Green Chartreuse, Amaro, and especially ginger, but it’s his light touch that makes his concoctions such a hit among the many high rollers who frequent the bar. “My drink-making philosophy is not to overthink your cocktais,” he says. “I try to create complexity through simplicity.”
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