Local mixologist to lead cocktail programs at three Arizona resorts

Stephanie Teslar has been promoted to Arizona Bar Ambassador for Kimpton Hotels.

Stephanie Teslar has been promoted to Arizona Bar Ambassador for Kimpton Hotels.

Phoenix Mixologist Stephanie Teslar is shaking up the cocktail menus at three resorts throughout the state.

Ms. Teslar will now serve as Arizona Bar Ambassador and Mixologist for all three Kimpton properties in the state, including Phoenix’s Hotel Palomar (Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, LUSTRE Rooftop Garden), Scottsdale’s FireSky Resort and Spa (Taggia Restaurant) and Amara Resort (SaltRock Southwest Kitchen) in Sedona.

Ms. Teslar got her start in the bar business in Flagstaff during her time at Northern Arizona University. It was at Criollo Latin Kitchen where she fell in love with spirits and cocktails.

From there she moved to Phoenix to lead the cocktail program and bar at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails as well as the LUSTRE Rooftop Garden at Hotel Palomar.

Ms. Teslar has been nominated for a variety of industry awards for her craft including the Phoenix New Times’ “Big Brain Award,” and in 2014 she won a Foodist Award for Master Mixologist from the Arizona Restaurant Association.

In her new role, Ms. Teslar will oversee the mixology programs at all three resorts and will spend time creating cocktails that reflect each resorts’ culinary points of view.

“I am honored to work with the Chefs Sean Currid and Massimo De Francesca to create cocktail menus that compliment their kitchen wizardry,” said Ms. Teslar.

Ms. Teslar is also pursuing her Certified Sommelier (CS) and leads the Bartender Education Series for Phoenix’s United States Bartenders’ Guild.

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