Kristen Schaefer

Though Kristen Schaefer studied to be a special education teacher, she left that world to pursue her passion as a mixologist. What makes her happiest is serving a perfect cocktail and interacting with the customer, and to her a good drink starts with the freshest ingredients. In the spring of 2008 she moved to Las Vegas and became the lead bartender at Rhumbar at the Mirage, and was also involved with Bar Magic of Las Vegas that created a traveling speakeasy called Social Mixology that featured classic and culinary cocktails highlighting different spirits at different bars throughout Las Vegas. Her unique recipes and cocktails have brought her all the way to the final four of the reality TV series On the Rocks:The Search for America’s Top Bartender sponsored by Absolut. She was also a national finalist in the 2009 Domaine de Canton Bartender of the Year Competition.

The Black Mamba

4 Blackberries
2 Slivers Fresh Ginger
½ oz Monin Spice Berry
1 ½ oz Stoli
1 oz Puree mango
1 oz Fresh orange juice
1 oz Fresh pineapple juice

Top with a candied ginger and orange foam. Garnish with thin and curled orange zest.

– Hillary Latos