Dave Arnold, Director of Culinary Technology at The International Culinary Center, Bar Owner
Can tradition and innovation exist comfortably in the same glass? In Arnold's world, sure they can. Arnold is part old-school bartender, part modern-day chemistry geek. At his popular Manhattan bar Booker and Dax, he is the visionary behind drinks that have included a Bloody Mary riff that calls for horseradish essential oil, tomato juice clarified by centrifuge, and a glass chilled by liquid nitrogen. He also invented a red-hot poker with which to heat cocktails — which isn't just a gimmick: the poker caramelizes the sugar in the alcohol and enhances the flavor of the cocktail. Red-hot cool.