In a preview of the 2015 edition of F&W cocktails, here’s a look at the women who are bartending’s big new talents.
Karen Fu; The Happiest Hour, New York City
Though she learned bartending basics at a tiny dive bar after college, Fu credits her time with mixology genius Jim Meehan at PDT in New York City as her formative cocktail experience. She often builds her greenmarket-driven drinks around one fresh ingredient, like Concord grapes or strawberries. 121 W. Tenth St.; happiesthournyc.com.
Shannon Ponche; Mayahuel, New York City
Spicy, savory elements distinguish Ponche’s cocktails at Mayahuel, where she plays with pairings like absinthe with cayenne salt or chile-infused mezcal with cilantro. Ponche also likes to experiment with sherry and agave to create complex, unfruity, low-alcohol stirred drinks. 304 E. Sixth St.; mayahuelny.com.