To those bartenders who think calling yourself a mixologist is an excuse for serving drinks with a frown at a snail's pace, you are morons and are giving the rest of us a bad name. This article isn't even acknowledging your kind.
It's time to reveal a fresh new class of young culinarians -- the chefs, mixologists, sommeliers and food artisans that make up our 30 Under 30 list. This group of 20-something Angelenos is creating a food and drink scene in L.A. that's bursting with flavor and verve.
A bartending competition was recently held at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. A half-dozen mixologists from some of L.A.'s finest drinking establishments were charged with the task of creating a new cocktail.