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I can answer questions dealing with alcohol and cocktails and their preparation. I cannot answer wine questions.

Experience in the area

I have been a bartender for over 20 years. I have competed internationally and a judge in many cocktail contests. I have been a consultant and drink designer for the past 5 years.



I have been mixing and designing cocktails for over 20 years in Hollywood, Las Vegas, Great Britain, Australia and the Czech republic.

Awards and Honors

Judge for Bacardi's "South Bay shakeoff", consultant for, and Izze sparkling waters. I was a finalist in the first 42 Below Cocktail World Cup in New Zealand.

Past/Present Clients

42 Below Vodka, Bacardi Brands, Grey Goose Vodka, Izze sparkling juices

What do you like about this subject?

Too many bartenders have drifted away from the craft of making great cocktails. I want to help educate and inform people who care about making wonderful tasting drinks.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Again, I hope to help everyone with a passion to learn.

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Recent Answers from Steven Calabro

2013-02-23 Frozen pouch margarita.:

Hello Chetan,    I get this question very often.    Alcohol does not freeze so you have to make sure the mixture is mostly water or fruit juice.  You don't have to stop at a margarita, you can use rum

2012-05-15 Starting off in the bartending industry:

Austin,    First, thank you for the very nice words.    We need more people like yourself with a passion for learning flavor combinations and designing exciting new drinks.    Los Angeles is full of great

2011-07-20 curious:

Hello Dan.    Great question!  In fact, I am writing an article about just this subject now.    The standard pour they teach you is 1.75 ounces of your base alcohol plus .5 ounces of the "rider" (ie. triple

2011-03-23 Infused Vodka:

Hello Rob.    Absolutely great question!    Many people get dejected when they try to infuse and it doesn't work.      First of all, Vodka is very easy to infuse since on its own, it has a very soft and

2011-03-03 Layering Kahlua, Baileys:

Hi Scott,    The liqueur with the highest sugar content and lowest alcohol will fall to the bottom.  Kahlua will usually sink below the Bailey's.  You have to go as SLOW as possible when pouring the liquid


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