Meet The Cocktail Guru
Jonathan Pogash is an accomplished Mixologist based out of the Northeast U.S. Having grown up in the business, Jonathan has acquired the knowledge and skill to effectively execute events and design signature cocktails. At birth, his father, renowned wine and spirits expert Jeff Pogash, placed a drop of Krug Champagne on his tiny lips. You could easily say Jonathan was “born into the business.”
Trained by such cocktail luminaries as Gary Regan (Ardent Spirits) and Albert Trummer (Apotheke, Theatre Bar), Jonathan’s career behind the bar began in New York City at The Russian Tea Room. He later honed his bar skills at Town Restaurant (at the Chambers Hotel), Bouley, Flute Lounge, and Flatiron Lounge. Under Albert Trummer’s watchful eye at Town, Jonathan developed the knowledge for using fresh, seasonal ingredients in cocktails, and developed a knack for combining unique flavors and ingredients. He has created the cocktail menus for Manhattan’s The Campbell Apartment, The World Bar, Bookmarks Lounge, The Empire Room, 5 And Diamond Restaurant, and Athena Greek Restaurant in Brooklyn, among others. One of Jonathan’s signature drinks, the “Red Hot-Hattan,” can be savored at Yankee Stadium. Jonathan is a founding member of the non-profit United States Bartenders’ Guild New York chapter (USBGNY) and serves as East Coast Regional Leadership Mentor. He regularly makes the rounds at spirit and cocktail trade shows and festivals, leading seminars and classes for both industry professionals and enthusiasts alike.
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In 2006, Jonathan launched a beverage consulting firm (www.TheCocktailGuru.com) specializing in signature cocktails for high-end and artisanal liquor brands, creating and organizing events, bartender trainings, and traveling to far off lands spreading the good word that is Mixology. Some of Jonathan’s brand clients include Herradura Tequila, Corzo Tequila, Square One Vodka, Beefeater Gin, Combier Liqueurs, Grand Marnier, 10 Cane Rum, Chambord, Moet & Chandon Champagne, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, Brugal Rum, among others.
Due to popular demand, WeddingCocktailDesign.com was created to help married couples-to-be plan their wedding bar and specialty cocktail selections. Jonathan has developed signature cocktails for weddings and special events across the world, bringing special memories to those seeking “spirituous” uniqueness. From the name, to the color, to the ingredients, to the final execution of the drink – Jonathan is there to ensure your specialty cocktail goes off without a hitch.
Jonathan’s signature cocktails can been seen on TheKnot.com, and he has contributed to the online wedding sources OurWeddingPlus.com, BridalGuide.com, Brides.com, and BeantownBride.com. He has been mentioned in numerous publications such as the NY Times, Time Magazine, and Brides Magazine, and is a regular contributor to Martha Stewart Living Radio, LXTV, and NBC’s national Today Show and local Weekend Today in New York.
The Cocktail Guru, who has created hundreds of personalized cocktails for weddings, major corporations, and some of the world’s finest drinking establishments, is at your service – ready, willing, and able to be your personal Mixologist for your special day.