Formerly a musical theatre actress, then a software developer, Katie's path to the cocktail world was a bit winding. She fell hopelessly in love with mixing drinks in college, where her concoctions were more worthy of a red plastic cup than crystal glassware. As her skills evolved, a friend recklessly convinced her to give real bartending a try, and to her parents dismay, she never looked back.
She's had the distinct pleasure of working behind many of her favorite Chicago bars including Moneygun, Drumbar, GreenRiver, and Billy Sunday. She has also seen success in many national bartending competitions, most notably winning the title of 2019 US World Class Bartender of the Year. Cocktails have brought Katie around the world, guest bartending in multiple different countries, but currently she spends more time at home, producing digital cocktail content and virtual bartending classes.
When she's not bartending, Katie can be found cooking, playing music, or taking photos of her cat.