Stephen Kurpinsky

Stephen Kurpinsky | Bartender Atlas

Who | Stephen Kurpinsky
Where | San Diego, California, USA
Current Bar | George’s at the Cove
Favourite Spirit | Mezcal or rum
Favourite Juice | Lime
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Daiquiri
Favourite Part of the Job | Creative expression
Favourite After Work Drink | IPA
Favourite at Home Drink | Mezcal, neat
Favourite bar in the world | The Normandie Club (LA)
Best known for | Thoughtful original, and balanced cocktails where quality of ingredients is paramount.
Best story from behind the wood | Anytime I can sneak 1/4 of funky Jamaican rum into a vodka drinkers cocktail.

What do you collect? Old seltzer bottles
Favourite thing about your city? The weather
What was the last photo that you took? Of a cocktail
Where was your last vacation? Mexico City
Any claims to fame? Instrumental in bringing craft cocktails to two areas that were lacking quality: Tijuana, Mexico and La Jolla, CA

Red or White? White
Cointreau or Grand Marnier? Cointreau
London or Paris? Paris
Glass or Tin? Glass

Are you available for freelance gigs? Yes
Find him:Have Jiggers Will TravelInstagram |
Media:Tales of the Cocktail: The Roma Norte Cocktail: Highlighting Pulque in the Heart of Mexico City
Tales of the Cocktail: How to Make Stephen Kurpinsky’s Clarified Cereal Milk Punch
Tales of the Cocktail: The Sea Cubed: How a San Diego Bartender Captured the Pacific in a Drink