Dave Arnold, Director of Culinary Technology at The International Culinary Center, Bar Owner from The Coolest People in Drink Slideshow

The Coolest People in Drink Slideshow

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Dave Arnold, Director of Culinary Technology at The International Culinary Center, Bar Owner

In a cocktail culture where everyone is going old-school, Arnold is going old-school in the style of a modern-day chemistry geek. At the newly launched New York City bar Booker and Dax, he is the visionary behind a bloody mary riff that calls for horseradish essential oil, tomato juice clarified by centrifuge, and a glass chilled by liquid nitrogen. But enough beating around the bush: Arnold is cool because he literally custom-built a red-hot poker to heat cocktails with; cooler still is that it's more than a gimmick — the poker caramelizes the sugars in the alcohol and enhances the flavor of the cocktail.

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