Consistently noted as one of the nation's top mixologists, Lucy Brennan is world renowned for her inventive cocktails that marry fresh ingredients and spirits. Her one of a kind concoctions, fabulous Portland, Ore. restaurant and lounge, and dedicated following, have earned her many accolades as she actively reinvents today's cocktail culture.
Lucy captures the essence of her ability to create food forward cocktails in her book Hip Sips, published by Chronicle Books in Spring 2007. Her amazing palate for blending spirits and bold flavors has also garnered the attention of Sante Magazine, who honored Lucy as the spirit professonal for 2007, Playboy as one of the nation's top 10 bartenders (Spring 2007), by Food and Wine Magazine as one of the nation's top five mixologists (January 2006), by Bon Appetit Magazine as one of the top mixologists in the country in (Fall 2004), and by Spirit Magazine as one of the "Best 9 Bartenders of the Moment" (November 2003). Lucy was also the winner of the ABSOLUT Portland Style Drink Contest in 2003, and The Oregonian's "Battle of the Bartenders" in 2001.
A native of London, England, Lucy moved to New York City at sixteen, where she worked as an assistant to two Wall Street stock traders. Her adventurous spirit later took her to San Francisco, where she served four years as a beverage and assistant restaurant manager at the San Francisco Park Hyatt. Lucy's first bartending experience was not until she moved to Portland, Oregon in 1994. After five years of mixing and shaking her way to bar manager at Portland's Saucebox restaurant on SW Broadway, Lucy decided that her inventive drinks needed their own home.
Lucy opened her own restaurant in North Portland in the spring of 2001. Lucy chose the name Mint because in Greek mythology it represents hospitality. The success of Mint and the incredible demand for Lucy's unique cocktails prompted her to open the 820 Lounge next door to Mint in spring 2003, with a mouthwatering list of over 40 of Lucy's custom cocktails including hot cocktails for the cold fall and winter months.
Lucy shares her mixology wisdom through monthly cocktail classes at 820. In her interactive, hands-on, hour and a half classes, participants learn the basics of making three of Lucy's signature drinks, the secret of her distinct lollipop rims, and are given the opportunity to ask questions regarding spirits and the mixing of cocktail masterpieces.
Lucy also shares her expertise by working as a cocktail consultant. Bars, eateries, and events are constantly looking for fresh ideas and flavors as the demand for exclusive cocktails increases. From concocting one unique drink for a wedding to ten for a restaurant menu, Lucy crafts vibrant recipes and trains bar staff to expertly recreate her cocktail creations.
Lucy expands her reputation as a world-class bartender as she continues to mix unique libation creations including cocktails that incorporate fresh food ingredients. As The Oregonian once phrased it, "Something really does set Brennan apart - almost an uncanny feel for mixology that makes each drink taste like some new element on the flavor chart."
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