Armando Rosario

Mr. Armando Rosario, a World renowned mixologist graduated at the top of his class from Hotel Management School.  He has worked in such respected establishments as Highland Pavilion in New Jersey, Le Cirque 2000 in New York, Princess Cruise Lines and Wynn Las Vegas.  Mr. Rosario is certified as a Spirits Specialist by The Society of Wine Educators and holds degrees from BarSmarts and USBG Master Accreditation levels 1 & 2.   Mr. Rosario has specialized in the development of innovative cocktail creations for more than three decades. Several of his signature cocktails have appeared in trade magazines around the country.

 As director of Mixology for Southern Wine and Spirits of Florida, Mr. Rosario is constantly promoting the resurgence of classic cocktails and the professional bartender’s image. He also works together with the on-premise spirits team on special promotional events and educational seminars.  He continues to create exciting new cocktails for the Las Vegas and Florida markets and shares his professional knowledge and talented creativity promoting suppliers' new brands and developing cocktails for Nevada and Florida's finest drinking establishments.

Mr. Rosario is a USBG State and National Cocktail Competition Champion.  Mr. Rosario holds the highest United States position in the IBA World competitions.  He is currently the acting President of the United States Bartender's Guild, Nevada chapter. Most recently Mr. Rosario was certified as a Cachaça expert in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  

Armando Rosario is named the "Best Bartender in America" by Cheers magazine.  His continued success and inordinate contribution to the beverage industry is priceless. After all, his mantra is…

"Make it fresh…keep it simple"


Armando Rosario

Director of Mixology for Southern Wine and Spirits of  North Florida


Negroni by Armando Rosario

  • 3/4 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz Campari
  • 3/4 oz sweet vermouth

Method: Build on the rocks
Garnish: Orange Slice


Americano by Armando Rosario

  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz club soda

Method: Build on ice in rocks glass
Garnish: Orange Slice


Bellini by Armando Rosario

  • 1 oz white peach puree
  • 4 oz Prosecco

Method: Build in a champagne glass


Aviation by Armando Rosario

  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz maraschino liqueur
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice

Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass
Garnish: Cherry


Caipirinha by Armando Rosario

  • 1 1/2 oz sugar cane rum
  • 1 oz rock candy syrup
  • Whole lime cut in pieces

Method:  Place the lime and Rock Candy in mixing glass
Muddle to extract the juice.
Add ice and rum, shake and pour (do not strain) into a rocks glass


Daiquiri by Armando Rosario

  • 2 oz light rum
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz rock candy

Shake and Strain, served straight up
Garnish with a Lime wheel


Mai Tai by Armando Rosario

  • 1 oz dark rum
  • 1 oz rum
  • 1/2 oz orange curacau
  • 1/2 oz orgeat syrup
  • 1/2 oz rock candy syrup
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice

Method:  Shake all ingredients and strain over crushed ice
In double old fashion glass

Garnish:  Fresh Mint top and slice of Pineapple


Mojito by Armando Rosario

  • 2 oz 10 sugar cane light rum
  • 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 oz rock candy syrup
  • 4 - 8 mint leaves (no stems)
  • Splash of club soda

Method:  Muddle the fresh mint, lime juice and syrup in shaker
Add ice, rum and club soda.  Stir and pour into a highball glass
Garnish: Sprig of Mint and Sugarcane Stick


Pisco Sour by Armando Rosario

  • 2 oz Peruvian pisco
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz rock candy syrup
  • 1/2 oz (pasteurized) egg white

Method:  Shake vigorously for 10 seconds, strain into champagne type glass
Add 3 drops Angostura Bitters
Garnish:  Lime Wheel


Southern Wine & Spirits of Pacific Northwest Corporate Social Responsibility

John Klein, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of Pacific Northwest (Southern)—encompassing Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and Montana—is extremely proud of the large number of Southern team members across all seven states who have offered their volunteer time and donations to a wide range of national, state and local charitable groups. In 2013 and continuing through 2014, Southern has offered support to more than two-dozen different community-based, non-profit organizations across the region.

Columbia Winery Charity Run & Walk—Supporting Seattle Children’s Hospital

For eight years, Matt Haskins, Senior Vice President, Wine for the Pacific Northwest has participated in the Columbia Winery Charity Run & Walk, which benefits the Children’s Hospital in Seattle. In 2013, Southern was one of the single largest independent donor groups of the Charity Run to support families struggling with medical bills. In 2014, Southern employees raised more than $14,000 for the run. The need for uncompensated care grows each year and is expected to exceed more than $100 million this year. Of the 100,000 patients treated at Children’s each year, 65% need financial assistance.

The Columbia Winery Charity Run & Walk is hosted by The Run for Children's Guild. For more information, please visit:

Detlef Schrempf Foundation

In June 2014, Southern donated a selection of wines and spirits from its supplier partners to the 21st Annual Detlef Schrempf Celebrity Gala and Auction. The Detlef Schrempf Foundation serves as a fundraising entity for Northwest children’s charities, enabling organizations to expand their own fundraising efforts.  The foundation’s vision is to assist these organizations in their quest to provide children a better chance at succeeding in life.

Guests of the event included more than 500 local business leaders, celebrities, athletes and philanthropists. Proceeds raised from The Ripple of Giving Gala fund The Healing Center and Inspire Youth Project.

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Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery

In 2014, Southern donated to the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery in Spokane, Washington. The mission of the Crisis Nursery is to provide immediate refuge for children and support to strengthen families. This mission evolved from the tragic story of Vanessa Kay Behan, a Spokane girl who died from child abuse injuries at the age of two. Following her death, a group of local business people established the Crisis Nursery so that parents would have a safe place to bring their children in the face of crises.”

The Crisis Nursery provides 24-hour child care for infants and children under the age of seven, parent education, crisis counseling for parents, and referrals to other community agencies. For more information, please visit:

Covenant House Alaska 2014 Fire and Ice Ball

In January2014, Southern donated wines and spirits from participating supplier partners to the Fire and Ice Ball, with all proceeds going to the Covenant House Alaska. Covenant House Alaska has served thousands of homeless, at-risk, and trafficked youth in Alaska. Their sole purpose is to help youth in crisis 24-hours a day. Through three main programs—emergency shelter, street outreach and transitional living programs—Covenant House Alaska meets the basic needs of youth in crisis, while also providing them with the support to become healthy, self-sufficient, contributing members of our community.

This year's Fire & Ice Ball was a huge success. $500,000 was raised to benefit Covenant House Alaska. In just one night, guests provided funds to keep their doors open 24 hours a day for over 100 days. Thanks to this fun night of fundraising, hundreds of young men and women will have a safe, warm, loving roof over their heads.

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Anchorage Robert Burns Appreciation Society:

In 2014, the Anchorage Robert Burns Appreciation Society held its 22nd anniversary of the Anchorage Robert Burns Supper in honor of Scotland's greatest poet, Robert Burns. The charity event proceeds are earmarked for local charitable groups such as local Armed Services YMCA, Food Bank Alaska, and Breast Cancer Focus Alaska, among others.  Southern supported the event though an in-kind donation of wine and spirits.
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Oregon Food Bank’s Annual Food Drive

Thanks to the active participation of Southern team members, the annual food drive collected several hundred pounds of non-perishable goods which was donated to the Oregon Food Bank in Portland. The Oregon Food Bank distributes emergency food to hunger-relief agencies throughout Oregon and Clark County, Washington. In addition, Oregon Food Bank’s metro and statewide services teams provide technical assistance and training to hunger-relief agencies and matches local donations to help agencies build capacity to better serve the community.

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One Warm Coat

One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that assists in the donation of coats. One Warm Coat helps individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them to local agencies to distribute to people in need.

Southern’s Oregon team partnered with local retail customers to collect and donate several hundred coats for One Warm Coat of Oregon. For more information, please visit:

Additional Outreach Efforts

In addition to the charitable, health and community groups noted above, Southern supports City of Hope, Northwest Harvest, Toys for Tots, the YWCA, Boys and Girls Club, Cordova Sockeye Festival, First Friday Art, Cancer Society, UAS Alumni Association, March of Dimes Celebrity Chef event, Fur Rendezvous, Blue Line Youth Hockey, and AK Selects and the Sitka Seafood Festival, which in 2014 will once again feature a special appearance from the Head Winemaker of Rodney Strong Vineyards Rick Sayre. Southern charitably supports the Children’s Cancer Association of Oregon, the Lan Su Chinese Garden, and Elevate Oregon for urban youth.