The legendary American bartender Gary “Gaz” Regan passed away on Friday.
The 68 year old, British-born bartender who emigrated to the United States in the early 1970s, died on Friday due to bout of pneumonia, a complications from his recent cancer.
With a reputation for being one of the best bartenders in the business, Regan was credited as instrumental in creating the modern cocktail renaissance. He was also mentor for many in the industry.
Regan was a prolific writer, publishing such books such as The Bartender’s Bible and the Joy Of Mixology. His signature drink, was the cheeky, finger-stirred Negroni (a cocktail about which he also wrote two books).
He is credited with the revival of Orange Bitters and produced his own in 2005. He most recently worked in an advisory capacity on Tod & Vixen Gin.