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Jack Caminos—Compass Rose & Thip Khao


“People have been operating stills for generations, and they do a great job so why cover it up?” Jack’s talking about his favorite 2014 trend—consumers gravitating towards booze-forward cocktails. “My philosophy is to celebrate the flavor of the spirit and just round out their assertive qualities.” You can try his drinks at his two latest beverage ventures: Compass Rose and Thip Khao. The latter is a Lao restaurant opening today. It was one of his more challenging assignments. “Cocktails aren’t a huge part of Southeast Asian culture,” Jack tells us. “But I wanted to honor Chef Seng’s authenticity by using Lao flavors.” You’re going to want to try his take on an Old Fashioned that uses charred sugar and tamarind.