About Us

Our Philosophy

We train bartenders to think like mixologists and to approach their jobs as careers.  We design craft cocktail menus and train your staff to make world-class consistently great tasting cocktails.

Creative Cocktail Consultants is a unique beverage consulting firm dedicated to increasing profit in your beverage program by working with your team to create cutting edge cocktail lists and teaching the art and craft of mixology in a simple cost-effective manner.”

-Brian Van Flandern
President & Master Mixologist
Creative Cocktail Consultants

Some of our clients include:

The Carlyle Hotel- New York City
The Plaza Hotel- New York City
The World Ship
The Mansion on Turtle Creek- Dallas Texas
The Intercontinental- New York City
The Four Seasons Flagship Resort-Costa Rica
Little Dix Bay- British Virgin Gorda
Caneel Bay Resort- St. Johns Island
The Grand Hyatt (Grand Central Station)-New York City
The Edgewater Hotel, Seattle WA (13 Noble House Properties)

Brian Van Flandern
Master Mixologist & Founder

World renowned Michelin Three-Star mixologist Brian Van Flandern’s was the former head mixologist for Chef Thomas Keller, at PER SE Restaurant in NYC. It was there Van Flandern began to apply Chef Keller’s philosophy of ‘flavor profiling’ to cocktails and discovered techniques to create well-balanced food friendly cocktails. In an environment where creativity is encouraged, Van Flandern’s attention to detail and innovation quickly garnered international attention and awards and established him as a leader in the burgeoning field of mixology.

Brian was formerly ranked the number two mixologist in the world at the Bols Mix Masters Championship.  In 2008 he founded CREATIVE COCKTAIL CONSULTANTS (www.MyMixologist.com), dedicated to designing craft cocktails lists and training bartenders in the art of mixology.  As a highly sought after beverage consultant and educator, Van Flandern designs cocktail lists for the finest restaurants and resorts worldwide. Van Flandern’s creativity and reputation as an industry influencer have earned him FOOD NETWORK’s highest praise as “America’s Top Mixologist!”.

Featured Media appearances include:

BAR RESCUE, THE EARLY SHOW (WNBC), DIARY OF A FOODIE (PBS/Gourmet Magazine), FOODOLOGY (Cooking Channel), BAR RESCUE (Spike TV), THE RED EYE (Fox & Friends) and THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA (Food Network).

Mentioned or Featured in:

THE NEW YORK TIMES, GOURMET MAGAZINE, THE WASHINGTON POST, CONDE NAST TRAVELER, BLOOMBERG MARKETS, USA TODAY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, FOOD ARTS MAGAZINE, CHEERS MAGAZINE and many more (a full list is available upon request).

Accolades:
♦ Ranked one of the Top Ten Global Brand Ambassadors by Tales of the Cocktail, 2012
♦ Judged World Spirits Competition (NYC) w/Antony Dias Blue, 2011-2012
♦ Certified Spirits Professional United States Bartenders Guild (USBG), 2010
♦ Judge for World Class Cocktail Competition regional heats in over 15 countries, 2009-2012
♦ Founding Board Member, United States Bartenders Guild New York Chapter (USBGNY), 2009
♦ Winner of Gourmand Cookbook Award Best Cocktail Book in the World, 2009
♦ Author of best selling book VINTAGE COCKTAILS by ASSOULINE PUBLISHING, 2009
♦ Ranked one of the Top Ten Hotel Bartenders in the world by Travel & Leisure Magazine, 2008
♦ Ranked one of the top ten bartenders in the world by Tanqueray Ten, 2008
♦ Winner of the United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) Iron Bar Chef Competition, 2007
♦ Ranked Top 2 Mixologist in the World at Bols 200 International Master Mixology Competition, 2006
♦ 2nd Place in First Annual National Sherry Cocktail Competition, 2006
♦ CHEERS Magazine Top Ten Top Shelf Bartenders in America, 2006
♦ Michelin Three Star, NY Times Four Star and Mobile Five Star Mixologist
♦ Top graduate Beverage Alcohol Research B.A.R. program (Dale DeGroff, Paul Pacult, Dave Wondrich, Steve Olsen and Doug Frost).