Mixologist Maxwell Britten of The Django - Biography
New York, NY
Maxwell Britten may be a mainstay of the New York City cocktail scene, but he grew up far from it—in the dry (so to speak) climate of Tucson, Arizona. Essential for Britten, however, was growing up under the guidance of his father, a passionate epicurean and food and beverage professional. Being around food and spirits daily taught Britten to appreciate the innate complexity of the simple things.
He brought that appreciation to New York in 2005, starting as a busboy at Jack the Horse Tavern in Brooklyn Heights. Resident bar talent Damon Dyer took Britten under his wing, and by the end of 2007, Britten was head bartender. He was also twice selected as Cocktail Apprentice at New Orleans’ Tales of the Cocktail, and in 2008, started the mixology consulting firm Jigger, Beaker, and Flask with his brother.
Growth didn’t stop. Britten continued evolving his style at Freeman’s, earning a 2009 StarChefs Rising Stars Award. And in 2010 he opened the Parisian/New Orleans, absinthe-soaked time-warp Maison Premiere (winner of James Beard’s “Outstanding Bar Program” in 2016). Leaving Maison on that high note, and looking for even broader reach, Britten joined up as chief brand officer and cocktail expert with The Liquor Cabinet digital cocktail platform, whose recently launched app makes classic cocktails and spirits savvy available to a massive audience. Tireless, Britten took on another role, overseeing the Tribeca jazz club and cocktail lounge, Django at The Roxy Hotel.