Max Solano

Delmonico Steakhouse mixologist/beverage manager

Rye, bourbon, scotch—Solano loves whiskey, and in all its multitude of formats. Indeed, the Delmonico mixologist/beverage manager is attempting to collect them all!

The restaurant’s list has grown to 346 labels, and Solano expects to reach 420 by spring, when the fourth edition of his Book of Whiskey menu—and it’s a tome all right!—hits the bar. Later this year, Delmonico will even get some expanded storage just to accommodate his obsession.

Last month, Solano also launched his whiskey menu, a lineup of nine cocktails spotlighting his favorite category. Try the BBS (Bitter Bourbon Sling) or the Scarlet Starlet, but do not miss his bacon Manhattan featuring house-infused bacon bourbon.

Make no mistake, Solano will happily make you just about anything you ask for. He’ll just personally get a kick out of it if you ask him what he’s drinkin’.

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