Robert Hess operates DrinkBoy.com and lives and works in Seattle, Washington. He traces his interest in the cocktail to a childhood fascination of bartenders, who effortlessly transformed the contents of the bottles around them into gleaming jewels of refreshment. Eventually, he took action on these early memories, absorbing all he could about the classic art of mixology. Using his culinary training as a canvas, he views cocktails as a cuisine with the same artistic flavor potentials as the food prepared by a gourmet French chef. He has since become a ceaseless evangelist of quality cocktails, working with restaurants, bartenders and consumers to help them better understand how to advance their craft.
He is one of the founders of The Museum of the American Cocktail, which is housed in New Orleans, celebrating the long and distinguished history of this unique American cuisine. He also formed The Chanticleer Society ChanticleerSociety.org, a worldwide organization of cocktail enthusiasts, which promotes a sharing of thoughts, ideas, and experiences to benefit everybody through an open discussion.
He also is the host and executive producer of The Cocktail Spirit, a web-based video series being presented through the Small Screen Network SmallScreenNetwork.com. His videos provide easily accessed information and instructions on how anybody can make great cocktails. And he authored “The Essential Bartenders Guide”, an introductory guide to cocktails which puts quality first and foremost and in a way that is approachable to all.