The Experts

The judges for the ICE Mixology Hall of Fame have been picked from some of the modern (and not-so-modern) pioneers and experts on the topics of recipes, preparation and history of well-crafted cocktails.

Below are the present judges for the ICE Mixology Hall of Fame. In addition, a select list of qualified cocktail journalists, bloggers and subject-matter experts have voting rights and responsibilities.

Dale DeGroff Dale DeGroff
AKA King Cocktail, Dale developed his extraordinary techniques and talent tending bar at great establishments, most notably, New York's famous Rainbow Room, where in the late 1980's he pioneered a gourmet approach to recreating the great classic cocktails. Universally acknowledged as one of the world's premier mixologists, whose innovations have globally impacted the industry, DeGroff has been credited with reviving and reinventing the profession of mixology. His books include The Craft of the Cocktail and The Essential Cocktail.
Gary Regan gaz regan
The bartender formerly known as Gary Regan—is the cocktail columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle, and the author of The Joy of Mixology. He also wrote The Bartender’s Bible, and co-authored, with Mardee Haidin Regan, The Book of Bourbon and Other Fine American Whiskeys, The Bourbon Companion, The Martini Companion, and New Classic Cocktails. gaz and Mardee host the web site, publish the ardent spirits email newsletter (since 1999), and manage the Worldwide Bartender Database. gaz started working behind the bar in 1966 when he was 14 years old, has tended bar on and off ever since, and he has sucked back more gin than you’d ever dream possible. His most recent book, the bartender’s GIN compendium, is the result of his dedication to the spirit.
Dave Wondrich David Wondrich
David Wondrich was educated (briefly) at Phillips Exeter and in between stints as boatyard worker, bass player, mattress stuffer, p.u. & mech artist, foot messenger, process server and deposition digester at New York University, where he earned a Doctorate in Comparative Literature in 1997. After a short career as a Shakespeare professor, he fell into a job writing about cocktails for Esquire magazine, an occupation he has happily persevered in ever since. The world's foremost expert on the history of the American cocktail, Dr. Wondrich is the author of four books, the latest of which, Imbibe!, is the first cocktail book ever to win a James Beard award. He also writes for Saveur, the Malt Advocate and a great number of other fine publications. He is a founding partner in Beverage Alcohol Resource, the nation's premiere training program for bartenders and spirits professionals, and a member in satisfactory standing of the Yerba Buena No. 1 chapter of E Clampus Vitus.
Jamie Boudreau Jamie Boudreau
In 2006 Jamie was called one of the world’s greatest bartenders by WIRED magazine. In 2007, Jamie was named Seattle Magazine’s Bartender of the Year, and in 2009 was one of the nation’s top ten mixologists, according to Playboy. 2010 brings the Cheers Rising Star award, an annual award that goes to their top five bartenders of the year. He has also recently started hosting an instructional bartending show called Raising the Bar on the Small Screen Network.
Ryan Magarian Ryan Magarian
For the past decade, Ryan's unique "chef like" approach to mixed drinks along with the development of several innovative and efficient Professional Cocktail and Spirit Service Cultures locally, nationally, and internationally, has gained him recognition as one of America’s top mixologists. Ryan was awarded the 2004 Food and Wine Magazine Tastemaker Award). Ryan’s recipes have garnered notice in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, People Magazine, US Weekly, Men’s’ Health, Wallpaper, Food Arts, Fit Pregnancy, The LA Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Gary Regan’s Joy of Mixology, Dave Wondrich’s Imbibe, and have been featured on both the Food Network’s Unwrapped and the Women’s Entertainment Channel’s Young, Sexy, and Cookin’.
LeNell Smothers LeNell Smothers
LeNell Smothers is proud to say she spent money on a Bachelor of Arts degree followed by a graduate degree in Public Administration only to find out at 21 years old that bartending made her heart, among other things, happy. Now she holds advanced degrees in gin, sin, and men. She has experienced the realm of the industry from wholesale sales, restaurant management, bartending, writing, judging drinks, and owning a liquor store. Along the way she's picked up various awards, but thinks she's so cool she doesn't have to list them all. She's now the head mixtress at Casa Cóctel, her own private joint in Mexico's Baja California Sur co-owned with partner Demián Camacho Santa Ana. She writes at and can also be found at She's currently working on a book on the history of eggs in drinks and threatening the world with a tell-all of her cocktail adventures.