Known as "The Cocktail Guru", Jonathan Pogash is a bartender, cocktail consultant, educator and cocktail book author with over 20 years of experience servicing bars, liquor brands, and sophisticated drinkers across the country. Jonathan’s signature cocktails can be enjoyed in award-winning cocktail lounges and restaurants from New York to New Hawaii.
He has shaken up cocktails on “The Today Show," "Fox &Friends," Fox Boston, WPRI Providence, and shared his cocktail expertise on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, among others. Jonathan is the editor the 75th Anniversary Edition of the world renowned Mr. Boston Bartender's Guide.
Just as Executive Chefs earn their chops “behind the line,” Jonathan has worked his way up “behind the stick”, from bar back at New York’s famous Russian Tea Room to his present-day role as president of his eponymous,full-service beverage consulting firm, The Cocktail Guru. His influences include cocktail luminaries Steve Olson, Gary Regan, and Albert Trummer. Precise technique, fresh ingredients, and seasonality are hallmarks of The Cocktail Guru’s style.
In 2006, Jonathan launched The Cocktail Guru, where he created bar programs for some of New York’s finest cocktail dens, including The Campbell Apartment and Bookmarks Lounge. Jonathan has led master classes at Johnson & Wales University and taught mixology classes at the Astor Center and the Institute for Culinary Education. Jonathan’s beverage programs earned him the prestigious “Best Craft Cocktails of New England” award by Yankee Magazine.
As the Northeast Vice President of the United States Bartenders’ Guild,Jonathan travels the country educating and preserving the craft of the cocktail.