Natalie Bovis-Nelsen, aka The
Liquid Muse (www.theliquidmuse.com.), turns any bar from a
thirst-quenching pit stop into the center of entertainment.
Companies like Sutter Home and Remy Martin hire the mixologist to
educate guests or concoct unique cocktails for special events.
Nelsen, who is publishing two cocktail
recipe books this year, says, “I really try to emphasize that this
is fun and to not be intimidated.” Recently, Nelsen devised four
cocktails for a celebrity poker tournament at the Playboy Mansion
(with names like Hold ’Em Highball and Remy Royal Flush). She also
has been traveling around the country for Method Home, mixing
drinks from her Sustainable Sips series, all made with organic
ingredients and liquors.
Nelsen predicts the next big beverage
trend will be nonalcoholic. One of her forthcoming books, titled
Preggatinis, will feature all-virgin drinks for
moms-to-be. “It keeps pregnant women or non-drinkers socializing
with something besides a sparkling cider in their hand,” she