Spotlight Bartender – Joey Scorza

spotlight-bartender-joeyName: Joey Scorza
Employed at: InterContinental Miami
100 Chopin Plaza
Miami, FL 33121

In the Mix had the pleasure of interviewing Joey Scorza recently. Her love of the business and mixology is infectious. This bubbly, somewhat exuberant Italian has an instinctual nose for flavors and is known for creating impromptu, on-the-spot creations for customers who are undecided about what to have. She told ITM she “loves the reaction on the face of the guest after they try it. That’s what it’s all about – giving your guests an enjoyable experience.”

When she’s tending bar, everyone is involved, creating a “Miami Cheers” feeling. “When you’re behind the bar, you’re on stage,” she says. “The best part of being part of the InterContinental is the people you meet from all over the world.”

She admits to being “old school” taught the old way, and the right way. She just puts a lot of polish and pizazz on it! Here are a few other questions we asked Joey.

ITM: We hear you have a lot of your own recipes. What is your signature or most popular drink?
Joey: Some favorites are the “Don’t take me for Granate” pomegranate martini, the “Miami Mystique” martini, and I make a great “Cucumber Collins.”

ITM: What is the most important job of a bartender in your opinion?
Joey: Making the customers happy, of course!

ITM: Can you suggest a fitting cocktail for the fall season for our readers?
Joey: How about a “Raspberry Old Fashioned.”

Raspberry Old Fashioned

spotlight-bartender-raspberry-old-fashioned11 ½ oz Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1 orange slice
5 raspberries
1 sugar packet

  1. Muddle ingredients in an old fashioned glass.
  2. Add a splash of Angostura Bitters, scoop of ice, and a splash of club soda
  3. Garnish with additional fresh raspberries.

More of Joey’s recipes including the Miami Mystique martini and Cucumber Collins can be seen on our Celebrity Recipes page.