Sasha Petraske (1973-2015): The Bar World’s Greatest Contemporary Conductor

August 24, 2015

Looking back on the accomplishments of New York cocktail innovator, Sasha Petraske.

The traits of a bar that today signal a quality cocktail establishment—the bartender as host and guide, the bespoke cocktails and the minimalist entrance—are in vogue thanks to the man who started it all, Sasha Petraske. In 1999, Petraske opened Milk & Honey on New York’s Lower East Side, and with it he pioneered a new attitude toward cocktail culture. An approach that embraced (and still embraces) fresh, quality ingredients, thoughtfully-sourced booze and pristine ice to build near perfect classic cocktails occasionally garnished with one of those…