TCG EP 9 - Rescue Me! with Mia Mastroianni

The Cocktail Guru Podcast

Jan 20 2022 • 35 mins

On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, brought to you by Mozart Chocolate Cream Liqueur, Mia Mastroianni, BAR RESCUE's resident fixer, chronicles her colorful path from stage to bar to screen—and from Boston to Miami to Los Angeles—with hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash.

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With over 15 years' experience in the service industry, from Boston to Los Angeles and beyond, Mia Mastroianni became one of the founding bartenders of Soho House West Hollywood; the private members-only club where she remained a well-respected and oft-requested mixologist for the who's who of Hollywood until 2016. Known for her stature and sassy fun attitude, “Tall Mia” has also opened Soho House locations in Miami Beach and Toronto, training their respective bar staffs on delivering the highest quality service, implementing proper technique, and executing amazing cocktails. Her expertise led her casting as an expert mixologist on the highly-rated TV show Bar Rescue, now featured in more than 30 episodes.

With a background in theater and a BFA from The Conservatory at The University of Miami, Mia is not camera-shy. She stays current with industry and consumer trends by attending and speaking at various seminars and conferences and continues her education in the spirits industry by visiting distilleries both locally and internationally.

Per Mia: "I LOVE TO TRAVEL. I can dork out on ice for as long as you give me. I love a good 10-second dance break behind a bar. The Original Farmer's Market in Los Angeles is my "Happy Place." Proper bar technique makes me happy. Prior to COVID-19, while dining in restaurants, my non-industry friends made a rule that I have to sit with my back to the bar. Otherwise, I'll zone out and spend the evening watching the bartenders. I love to learn and appreciate the craft and art of cocktails, along with exploring the deep history behind them."

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