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Bio: Bridget Albert - Master Mixologist
Bridget Albert developed her techniques and
talent tending bar at great establishments, most
notably the $1.6 billion Las Vegas resort, the
Bellagio.  She studied under Master Mixologist
Tony Abou-Ganim after completing his cocktail
and spirit program, and she is the Chaiperson of
the United States Bartenders Guild – Illinois

Bridget is a champion for uncomplicated recipes,
bright flavor, and fresh ingredients; she is
dedicated to cocktail honesty.   She has won
numerous awards and honorable mentions in U.
S.B.G. and Bellagio classic cocktail competitions.  
These include: 2nd place at the Bacardi Martini
Grand Prix World Finals in Turin, Italy; 3rd
place in the Pitu Cacaçha Nationals in Las
Vegas; 1st place in the Bellagio Classic
Competition; and 1st place at the Tale of the
Cocktail Bar Chef Competition 2007.  She has
had the pleasure of hosting charity cocktail
clinics for a variety of companies, including The
Bellagio, Breast Cancer Cocktail for a Cure, Make
a Wish Foundation, Hadassah, and Taste of the
Nation.  Bridget was a part of Livio Lauro’s team
of curators for the Museum of the American
Cocktail at the 2004 U.S.B.G. National
Convention, the world’s largest contribution to
the cocktail to date. Currently she holds the
position as Master Mixologist at Southern Wine
and Spirits of IL. Bridget is the Director of the
Academy of Spirits and Fine Service, a program
for bartenders that covers the history of all
spirits and pre-prohibition cocktails.  She has
been featured in the following publications and
TV programs:  
Bartenders Magazine, The Balance,
Santé Magazine, Cheers Magazine, Nightclub and
Bar, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Joliet
Herald News, Time Out Chicago, Coal City
Courant, Chicago Scene, Exploring Joliet,
32 Fox Chicago, WLS-7 ABC Chicago, WBBM-2
CBS Chicago, WMAQ-5 NBC Chicago, CLTV
Chicago, WGN Radio’s
Roe Conn Show and The
Food Network’s
Iron Chef America.

Bridget’s hopes are to continue inspiring
consumers to learn, just as her mentors fostered
her love for knowledge of liquors and fine spirits.  
She resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her
husband, Jamie, and daughter, Paige, where she
continues to create new cocktails.
Bridget Albert
Southern Wine & Spirits, IL Master Mixologist
Academy of Spirits & Fine Service, IL Director
United States Bartenders Guild, IL Chapter
300 East Crossroads Parkway
Bolingbrook, IL  60440
(630) 685-3559
Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois
USBG Illinois
The Boozehound