I started my career in the industry when I was 21 and living in Hawaii. I began learning how to create signature craft cocktails and I found that I really enjoyed the creativity. After several years, I chose to begin a new adventure in Annapolis, MD.
It was an easy decision for me to join the team at Level. They had won numerous awards for their bar program and had a great reputation. I was very excited to gain even more knowledge and even a new perspective working in a new place across the country from where I started.
My favorite drink I’ve recently created is called The Grass Is Greener, it uses Gin which is one of my favorite spirits to use in cocktails and celery butters which is another favorite of mine, it has a really nice light refreshing almost grassy flavor profile. Perfect for spring or summer!
My favorite thing about my job is the community it creates, I have met so many amazing people both in Hawaii and here in Annapolis!
Howdy, my name’s Sam. I became a mixologist many moons ago. Not a paid one…but I always liked to fiddle with flavors and make syrups at home. I was a barista for years, a server for a few more years, and now I have stepped behind the bar. I chose Level because it is the intersection of quality food and unique cocktails in Downtown Annapolis. Before working here, I had never been to a restaurant where all of the food was made in house. I had been in a couple of times and never had the same dish twice.
A drink of mine we carried a couple of years ago was “The Blueberry Mojito”. It’s basic, I know. But there is just something about the combination of blueberry and mint that makes for the perfect summer drink. I made a big batch and brought half of it home to drink on my porch. Of course, I like a classic old fashioned just as much as my fruity rum drinks. I’m glad to work somewhere that offers both.
Our team puts new twists on classics and creates drinks that guests remember for years and routinely come back for. Who in Annapolis hasn’t had a Gimlet? Whether you come to Level for the drinks or the food, you can always find something you will enjoy!
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