Anthony Caporale is the Director of Spirits Education at the Institute of Culinary Education.

Anthony Caporale

Director of Spirits Education

"Good bartenders always remember that the craft is not about making the drink, it’s about serving the drink."


Anthony Caporale has been a professional bar instructor and bar chef for two decades, and has been involved in the opening of more than a dozen major restaurants. He was the beverage manager at Mesa Grill restaurant, served as the opening general manager of Flip, and was the launch general manager of Forty Eight. Anthony is a Society of Wine Educators Certified Specialist in Spirits (CSS), a ServSafe Alcohol Instructor, a TIPs Trainer for Responsible Alcohol Service, and a member of both the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild and the Guild of Sommeliers. Anthony is also the Producer and Host of Art of the Drink TV, a leading cocktail web show with millions of loyal viewers worldwide and more than 75 award-winning episodes, as well its companion feature-length DVD, "Art of the Drink: Bar Essentials."

Awards and Honors

  • Six-Time Taste Award Nominee
  • Best Instructional Podcast: Art of the Drink

Work History

  • Art of the Drink, New York, NY, USA
  • The Imbible, New York, NY, USA

Specialities / Areas of Interest

  • Cocktails
  • Whiskey
  • Restaurant Openings

Courses Taught

  • Whiskey, Bourbon, and Scotch Tasting
  • Professional Mixology
  • Molecular Mixology
  • Bartending 101
  • Agave Spirits Tasting
  • Culinary Mixology
  • How To Open a Bar


  •  Chilled Magazine, Managing Editor, 2014

Affiliations & Memberships

  • U.S. Bartenders’ Guild
  • Guild of Sommeliers
  • International Association of Culinary Professionals

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