Behind the Bar
Jeff Josenhans and Cory Alberto
Jeff Josenhans: Mixologist, Sommelier and Cicerone
Josenhans carries “triple threat” beverage expertise as the Nation's only certified Cicerone, awarded Mixologist and Level 2 Sommelier. Josenhans has created his own philosophy for culinary-inspired cocktails, and continues to expand the Grant Grill's international wine and craft beer collections.
In his five years at THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Jeff Josenhans has changed the dynamic in The Grant Grill from a classic institution to an exciting lounge and elegant restaurant. Josenhans created new events, promotions and cocktail programs that have earned rank in local, national and international press, with nods including The Food Network “Best Thing I Ever Ate," and ranked one of the nation's “Best Hotel Bars” by Food & Wine. Taking the kitchen’s “Farm to Table” philosophy to the bar, Josenhans developed a seasonal cocktail program based largely on the hotel’s rooftop garden.
Each year Josenhans brings a new exciting beverage project to THE US GRANT and Grant Grill. The inaugural masterpiece carried distinction as one of the first barrel aged cocktail – the 100 day aged US GRANT Centennial Manhattan. In 2012, inspiration struck to concoct the first bottle-conditioned cocktails in the world. Aptly named Cocktails Sur Lie and with three distinct recipes bottled exclusively for the Grant Grill, the end result was yet again a spirited success. 2014 marked the release of Josenhans' Genepi Americana, an ode to chartreuse, and with his newest title as a Certified Cicerone, Josenhans has teamed up with Mission Brewery for a special craft beer project which released in May 2015.
Cory Alberto: Chef de Bar
Cory Alberto shines in the San Diego mixology spotlight as Grant Grill's Chef de Bar. Winner of the 2014 Chefs and Shakers competition; the 2013 Fortaleza Tequila and Illegal Mezcal Cocktail Competition; and the 2012 Casa Noble Most Spirited Bartender award, Alberto's unique and creative approach to cocktails calls regular attention to his talent and expertise. Prior to joining the outstanding Grant Grill beverage team, Alberto served as beverage director at the acclaimed Table No. 10, where he oversaw the restaurant’s celebrated beverage program.
At THE US GRANT and Grant Grill, Cory creates the seasonal cocktail menu, and welcomes guests to request custom offerings to meet his or her unique tastes.