Christina Mercado is the founder and mixologist for ShakeStirPour. She has her M.B.A. in Hospitality as well as her A.S. & B.S. in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. As an award-winning mixologist and experienced pastry chef, Christina uses her passion and experiences to create unique and memorable experiences in food & beverage.
Most recently Christina was the Beverage Manager at The Vanderbilt, Auberge Resort Collection where she created unique cocktail recipes for the luxury boutique hotel and oversaw the comprehensive wine and spirits menus. Additionally she developed a regular cocktail class for locals & hotel guests, entitled "Master Mixology with Christina Mercado" which ran every Saturday at the hotel for 2 1/2 years. Teaching these classes is what served as the initial inspiration for ShakeStirPour!
Originally from New York, Christina’s love of traveling has allowed her to take influence from global experiences, drawing inspiration from her trips to destinations such as Spain, Singapore, Thailand, and Peru. This strongly informs her creative style, allowing her to blend local ingredients with exotic flavors with the goal of creating cocktails that are ahead of the trend while maintaining a traditional element.
It is her goal, through ShakeStirPour, to make the craft of mixology approachable to all - being a resource for cocktail enthusiasts and bartenders alike.
Awards and Accolades
World Class Top 50 (currently ongoing)
Woodford Reserve RI Finalist (currently ongoing)
Patron Perfectionists Regional Finalist
World Class National Finalist
USBG sponsored by Diageo
Bartender of the Year - Heaven Hill - Regional Finalist
RI Bartender of the Year
RI Hospitality Association
Patron Perfectionists - Regional Finalist
Road to Luxardo – 2nd Place
Luxardo, Hotaling & Co
Lustau Solera Standout Bartender – US Finalist (top 4)
“Art of Italicus” - East Coast Regional Finalist
Bombay Sapphire MIB - Regional Finalist
Bombay Sapphire & USBG
Woodford Manhattan Experience – Regional Winner
Christina is an upcoming author of a book which highlights a few of the women who have shaped history and a cocktail for each in which they drew inspiration from these heroines. Christina also hosts cocktail socials in conjunction with VerKallos Media Group.