Why We Love Alba Huerta
Alba is one-of-a-kind: a celebrated Mexican-American mixologist who puts the wonder of the world behind every drink she pours. Her Houston bars, bourbon-centric Julep and the mezcaleria Pastry War, have won her nationwide acclaim including one of Food & Wine's top ten mixologists. Alba's creativity and dedication to her craft means she creates cocktails that appeal to all the senses. Best of all she's funny, personable, easy going, and shares all she knows. Put simply, she's our favorite person to share a cocktail with.
She's always exploring
Alba finds creativity in any place she finds herself. “I’ve always been an experiential learner,” she says. “That creative muscle is something I learned from being an immigrant, to be constantly influenced by new surroundings.”
She never settles
Alba loves playing the apprentice in everything she does. “I have no desire to cross the finish line,” she says. “I want to keep learning.” Be it bartending, mixology, running a bar, writing a book or – next up – creating perfume.
She's a storyteller
Ask Alba the story behind a drink, say, her Morning Call, and get ready for a lesson delivered in cinematic scope. This tequila drink connects Civil War history in Juarez with a Madrid hibiscus tonic she replicated back home and – of course – a spoonful of mezcal. “It turned out spectacularly.”