As a mother and Phoenix's U.S. Bartenders' Guild president, Kim Haasarud is used to wrangling and organizing. Her experience in cocktail bars began as a way to supplement her income in the '90s. Since then, she's become a well-known player in cocktail scenes from New York to L.A., putting her at the forefront of cocktails' resurgence.
With eight published cocktail books, a nod for her mixology work from the James Beard Foundation, and a mixology column in Redbook, Haasarud might just be one of the most knowledgeable people in the Phoenix cocktail community, but unless you're an industry-type, it's unlikely you have heard of her. It's time to change that.