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Rob Cooper: Spirits Inventor

These 40 up-and-comers—all 40 years old or younger—are changing the way Americans eat and drink, from a vodka distiller who rewrote Nebraska's Prohibition-era laws to a White House chef who's fiercely fighting to improve school-lunch programs.

Rob Cooper: Spirits Inventor

Rob Cooper

Photo courtesy of Cooper Spirits / Eisenhut and Mayer Wien.


A third-generation distiller, the 33-year-old Rob Cooper is one of the most influential spirits makers in the country. His deliciously subtle St-Germain elderflower liqueur—made with petals picked by hand each spring in the French Alps—permanently altered the cocktail menus at bars everywhere. He aims to repeat the feat with Crème Yvette, a violet liqueur based on a long-lost Cooper family recipe.

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