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Meet the Judges of the Craft the Fun Cocktail Challenge

The Craft the Fun Cocktail Challenge is underway! We’d like to introduce you to the esteemed panel of judges who will be reviewing this year’s submissions.

This year’s judges include renowned spirits specialist Lynn House, author and bartender extraordinaire Jeffery Morgenthaler and award-winning mixologist Christine Wiseman.

Lynn House

Lynn House is the dynamic force behind Heaven Hill Brands’ spirits portfolio, infusing each brand with her expertise and creativity. As the National Spirits Specialist and Portfolio Mixologist, Lynn brings to life the essence of Heaven Hill through innovative cocktails tailored for both national and local settings. With a skilled eye for emerging trends, Lynn is not only an amazing mixologist but also a trendsetter, shaping the future of cocktail culture. Lynn’s influence extends beyond the bar, as she educates and mentors both internal and external teams, ensuring that her passion for spirits is shared far and wide. Her impressive achievements include being named the 2023 American Whiskey Brand Ambassador of the Year and has earned the title of “Best U.S. Brand Ambassador” by the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation in 2022. With over 25 years of experience spanning from theater to James Beard award-winning bar programs in Chicago, Lynn’s journey is as rich and diverse as the drinks she crafts.

Jeffery Morgenthaler

Jeffrey Morgenthaler, an acclaimed bartender and author based in Portland, Oregon, has been crafting drinks since 1996 and writing about his passion since 2004. He transitioned from studying Interior Architecture to pursuing bartending full-time, driven by his love for the craft. As the co-owner of Portland’s Pacific Standard, he has honed his expertise in diverse bar settings, from neighborhood taverns to upscale cocktail bars. Jeffrey is renowned for his contributions to cocktail culture through his website,, as well as his bestselling book, The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique.” An esteemed judge at prestigious competitions like the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, he’s also been recognized by publications like Playboy and Food and Wine Magazine for his influential contributions to the industry.

Christine Wiseman

Christine Wiseman, the effervescent force behind Miami’s cocktail scene, is a shining star of creativity and energy. Crowned the Altos Bartenders’ Bartender for 2023, she’s renowned for her fearless attitude and overflowing spirit. With a penchant for vibrant colors and glitter, Christine’s personality lights up any room she enters. From flipping steaks in a chain restaurant to crafting innovative cocktails, her journey embodies the spirit of transformation and mentorship. Christine’s cocktails reflect her boundless energy, blending delicious flavors with eye-catching presentation. Whether it’s her Carrot Colada or Papaya Salad Daiquiri, she crafts an adventure in taste and aesthetics.  She was recognized as a semifinalist for Tales of the Cocktail’s American Bartender of Year in 2018 and 2019 and a finalist for American Bartender of the Year in 2020 and 2022.  With her electric energy and inventive concoctions, Christine Wiseman is truly a trailblazer in the world of mixology.

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