When it comes to market-fresh cocktails with high-quality ingredients, beverage consultant Kim Haasarud knows her way around a bar. As the woman behind Liquid Architecture, a beverage consultancy, she's helped top restaurants, hotels and spirit brands create one-of-a-kind liquid cuisine. The master mixologist and author has worked with Maxim, P.F. Chang's, and Campari America and has had her cocktails featured in publications such as Saveur, Wine Enthusiast, Cosmopolitan, and Vogue.
Recently, Haasarud has been working on the latest book in her best-selling cocktail series, 101 Tropical Cocktails, and she'll be at Tempe's Changing Hands Bookstore later this week to sign copies and shake up a few specialties. Leading up to the event, we caught up with her to chat about tiki drinks and the history of rum. More »