Few whiskey brands remain as enigmatic and elusive as the much-respected Pappy Van Winkle line of bourbon whiskies. Created by Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, the affectionately named “Pappy” debuted on liquor shelves in 1994. Starting with the release of the 20 Year, they have expanded over time to include 10, 12, 15, and 23-year […]
Author: Lucas Odparlik
Lucas Odparlik is a bartender, music producer, DJ, and writer from Tampa, Florida with over 13 years experience behind the bar.
Starting out in the hospitality industry as a busser, he soon found his place behind the rails with a surprise promotion. There he flourished, absorbing all the information he could about mixology and the bartending craft. Moving across the state of Florida, he found himself immersed in the hospitality industry holding many vital restaurant positions including bar, barback, server, cook, expo, and more.
His passion for the world of spirits is informed by his cultural upbringing and travels around the world. A devout musician, he views bartending much in the same way, as an endless melody constantly evolving. Fusing exotic ingredients with a unique creativity, his aim is to innovate the way spirits are celebrated and to bring together all walks of life.
Lucas can currently be found behind the bar at the iconic Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, the longest running restaurant in Florida, founded in 1905. His aim is to continue the rich legacy of the Columbia and to leave his mark on the historic Ybor City with his affinity for pushing the boundaries of mixology. Recently he found his way onto the menu with his latest creation, the Andalusia Fresa, becoming an official cocktail of the world renown gem of Spanish restaurants.
Produced by global powerhouse Diageo, Johnnie Walker is one of the premier brands in the spirits industry, well renowned for its distinctive quality and popularity the world over. The brand’s offerings range from affordable to luxury priced options, making Johnnie Walker the perfect scotch for a variety of occasions. Whether celebrating with friends and family […]
Ciroc Prices & Buyers’ Guide
Ciroc is a brand of French vodka created by industry titans Diageo and Jean-Sebastian Robicquet in 2003. Perhaps best known as the vodka promoted by the rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs, today it has taken off globally and has established itself as the second ultra-premium vodka brand in the world. Offering premium vodkas with a luxury […]