Angie Jackson

Freelance Mixologist Angie Jackson, a/k/a the "Traveling Elixir Fixer," began her bar career in 1996 and has created, designed and executed cocktails for numerous distillers, distributors, bars and restaurants in the greater Chicago area and her home state of Michigan. She has consulted with top global spirit brands as well as small, artisan-crafted distillers throughout the Midwest. Angie is the Founder of Eat Drink and Be and is the co-Founder of The Cocktail Cottage, Eclectic Giftware for the Tippling Aficionado. Angie is an adjunct professor at Chicago's Kendall College, instructing the Mixology Series offered through the Culinary Arts, Food and Beverage and Hospitality Departments. She also instructs Mixology classes for home entertainment at Cooking Fools in Wicker Park, Chicago and private, in-home mixology demonstrations. Angie offers consultation services to industry personnel who want to further their knowledge and skills in seasonally-fresh cocktail programs and prohibition classic cocktail styles via cocktail menu implementation, employee educational seminars and team-building exercises. 

Since competing in Sante Magazine's Chicago "Iron Bar Chef" competition in 2007, Angie has created and executed cocktails for many prestigious events, including: 

*James Beard Awards Ceremony, New York City - 2009
*Museum of Modern Ice Exhibit, Millennium Park, Chicago - 2008
*Chicago Gourmet, Millennium Park - 2009, 2010, 2011
*Green City Market Annual BBQ, Lincoln Park, Chicago - 2009, 2010
*Malt Advocate's WhiskyFest Chicago - 2008, 2009, 2010
*Chicago Food Film Festival - 2010, 2011
*Chicago Meals on Wheels Celebrity Chef Ball - 2009, 2010, 2011
*Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation Chicago - 2008, 2009, 2010
*Boyne Mountain Chef's Challenge - Boyne Mountain, MI - 2011
*Art Hop - Kalamazoo, MI - 2010, 2011
*Chicago History Museum Events
- Film Premiere of Ken Burns’ documentary, "Prohibition" – 2011
- Whiskey A-Go-Go Trolley Tours - 2010, 2011
- Prohibition Spirited Dinner, "New Beers Eve" – 2011

Angie has contributed to articles featured in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Kalamazoo Gazette, M-Live, Bride and Groom Magazine, and Nation’s Restaurant News. She also also consulted with fellow Chicago Mixologists in designing the mixology chef coat for Barware by Chefwear.

Angie has judged many prestigious cocktail competitions, including:

*United States Bartenders Guild, Illinois Chapter's World Cocktail Competition
*Taste of the Nation's Heavyweight Smackdown USBG IL Chapter Competition
*Tasting Panel Magazine's Harlem Shot Competition
*Dewar's Scotch Cocktail Competition
*Gemini Spirits/Gran Gala Triple Orange Liqueur's Shakedown competition
*Heaven Hill Distillery Cynar Competition

A member of the United States Bartenders Guild, Illinois Chapter, Angie graduated from the Academy of Fine Spirits in 2007. In 2008, she graduated from BarSmarts Advanced Certification Program, through the Beverage Alcohol Resource, LLC, in association with Pernod Ricard, and in 2009, Angie graduated from the Advanced Mixology Culinary Academy.