Tyler Christensen, the 31-year-old bar manager at Malee's Thai Bistro, thinks of bartending as alchemy. In Christensen's modern-day apothecary, he likes to create a new cocktail list each season.
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"What I like to do when I make cocktails is go into the kitchen because here I have one sovereign master, and it's our menu," Christensen says. "There's no better way to pair a drink with your menu than to use ingredients you're using in your food."