Williams & Graham shakes up new cocktails for spring

With spring come changes -- and those changes are popping up like little flowers on cocktail lists across town, especially as mixologists switch up menus to include seasonal ingredients. At Williams & Graham, bar manager Jason Patz took us on a tour of some of the new and exciting concoctions available right now.

"This is one of Sam Johnson's cocktails," Patz says, filling a mixing glass with large cubes of ice. When we ask who Johnson was -- thinking he may have been one of America's storied barkeeps or mixological pioneers -- we learn that he's actually an employee of Williams & Graham. "He started out as a barback for us," Patz explains, and "he's been with us for a little over a year and a half, recently becoming a full-fledged bartender just in the past six to nine months."

As it turns out, the cocktail menu at Williams & Graham a very democratic project. See also: Williams & Graham bartenders Jason Patz and Ali Widdecombe finalists in USBG World Class battle

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