A devotion to quality ingredients, creative mixology and an unusual dash of eccentricity makes Jim Ryan the perfect embodiment of Hendrick's Gin. Having worked his way up through the ranks as a bartender and mixologist in some of New York's top bars and lounges, Jim has adopted a holistic approach to bartending that has allowed him to hone his craft and bring a unique perspective to his role as Ambassador for Hendrick's Gin.
It was while working at Perry Street restaurant, under the tutelage of the famed Jean-Georges Vongerichten, that Jim was able to consolidate the elements that, to him, were the cornerstone of the service industry. There he discovered a passion for anticipation and invisibility in service as well as a seasonal approach to mixology. Jim next brought his philosophy to Brooklyn's Dressler Restaurant, where as bar manager, he developed the entire drink program from scratch. Valuing quality and creativity, Jim personally selected every brand behind the bar and made sure that he and his staff were actively involved with engaging and educating each guest. This level of detail and passion became an integral part of the experience at Dressler.
In 2008, Jim's dedication to his craft reached its logical conclusion, when he started in his new role as an Ambassador for Hendrick's Gin. An avid cocktail book collector with an unending appreciation for the classics and precision in mixology, Jim has trained and judged alongside the most renowned mixologists in the business. In 2012, Jim's dedication to his craft and Hendrick's Gin was recognized by industry colleagues when he was awarded the "Best American Brand Ambassador" at the 2012 Spirited Award® which took place at the 10th Annual Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award®.
His cocktails have been featured on menus and in publications across the country, including The New York Times, The Seattle Times, The Kansas City Star, as well as IMI Drinks and Out Magazine.