Oooh! What’s in that Bottle?!?
Rocco Milano is giving a class at Craft Cocktails Texas Dallas Cocktail Week. It will be a technical and historical look at bitters today and through the ages as well as practical application for both the home bartender and the professional.
Here’s a little more about Rocco:
With over six years of experience in the restaurant, beverage and hospitality industries, Rocco Milano helped shape the classic cocktail movement in Dallas with the revival of the bar program at The Mansion on Turtle Creek. Currently, Milano champions the craft cocktail effort as Beverage Director at Private|Social in Uptown Dallas.
Dedicated to learning as much about his craft as possible, Milano dedicated a tremendous amount of his free time studying and reading about the art of crafting cocktails. Milano applied for mixologist position at The Mansion on Turtle Creek in 2009. He landed the job, and within six months was promoted to a management position. It was during this time that he was given creative freedom to push the envelope, and garnered much acclaim for reviving the bar menu with a return to classically mixed cocktails.
In 2011, Milano left The Mansion to serve as the Beverage Director at Chef Tiffany Derry’s restaurant, Private|Social. Given complete reign of the bar, Milano has built a program that includes innovative drinks crafted with house-made bitters, infused premium spirits, fresh ingredients and ice spheres. Within just six weeks of opening, Milano’s cocktail lineup landed Private|Social on the Dallas Morning News’ list “Best in DFW: 10 Great Places to Lift a Glass.”
In addition to heading the bar program at Private|Social, Milano has completed the Level 1 Coursework for the Court of Master Sommeliers and serves as Education Director for the North Texas Chapter of the U.S. Bartenders Guild.