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Tim Cooper

Fords Gin & In Good Spirits, LLC - New York, NY

Tim Cooper is a New York City hospitality industry veteran with over 20 years of experience at some of the best bars and nightlife venues, such as: The Soho Grand Hotel, BED New York, Flatiron Lounge, Goldbar and Sweetwater Social.  In addition to bartending, he has spent half of his career consulting in the beverage industry, aiding bars and restaurants in crafting cocktail menus to match their culinary offerings.

Currently, Cooper is the head of brand advocacy, managing three brand advocates, and New York market manager for Fords Gin and The 86 Co. When Cooper joined the company just four years ago he was tasked with spreading the gospel of the cocktail gin while supporting The 86 Co.’s other spirits. At the same time Cooper maintains his role as beverage director at Goldbar, where he was head bartender for eight years, and Sweetwater Social.

Previously, Cooper was an event coordinator and partner at Contemporary Cocktails Inc., a global beverage-consulting firm based out of New York where he executed the beverage programs at numerous events including: The New York City Wine & Food Festival, Hennessy Artistry, Tales of the Cocktail and The Manhattan Cocktail Classic, to name a few. He then left to start his own company, In Good Spirits LLC., to continue his consulting services.

He has become a valuable resource in the industry having been featured on various television and radio programs making and discussion cocktails including VH1’s “Morning Buzz,” Fox & Friends, PBS’s “Secrets of NY”, Martha Stewart Radio and the Tasted channel’s “Behind the Drink.” Print and online media outlets have tapped into his cocktail history knowledge and crafting skills for stories in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Beverage Media, and IMBIBE, among others.