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Forrest Cokely

Forrest Cokely has pursued his craft in the most traditional way. Holding almost every position in the hospitality industry; waiter, bartender, cook, trainer, quality assurance inspector, a barista in restaurants, caf├ęs, and bars. Always the entertainer, paired with his ever-evolving scope of knowledge makes him a favorite as a speaker on multiple topics.

Forrest is a Charter Member of both the Ministry of Rum Connoisseurs Cabinet, in good standing and Rum XP (Expert Panel), where he has judged many international rum competitions. A founding (board) member and Key-holder for the Orange County Bartenders Cabinet (OCBC). Bar Smarts Certified and a Society of Wine Educators, Certified Spirits Specialist (C.S.S.) He is also a member of the Compagnie des Mousquetaires d’Armagnac. He has written many articles on many subjects utilizing his savvy. He has sharpened his understanding through study, while judging spirit and mixology competitions, creating / leading tastings and workshops, designing branded / specialty cocktails for a variety of clients and drinks / pairing menus for restaurants has afforded Forrest the opportunity to stretch beyond what can be found in his extensive book collection. While staying current, you can fin Forrest taking part in multiple forum sites surrounding all aspects of his passion for spirits and in the marketplace searching for the latest innovation.