Mixologist Toby Maloney of Pouring Ribbons - Biography

New York, NY

July 2011

Toby Maloney, one of the four minds behind Alchemy Consulting, began his career with more basic training than razzle dazzle. The future bartender spent some time in culinary school in San Francisco, where he began collecting the skills and techniques he would later bring to bear during New York City’s cocktail revival. But it’s not just schooling that makes Maloney such an invaluable resource.

Over the course of his career, Maloney has traveled the world, seeking out the most visceral of epicurean experiences. His wanderings have led him from the beaches of Thailand, where he concocted Sang Thip cocktails, and the boisterous traditions of Oktoberfest, where Maloney pulled beers for a rosy-cheeked and happy crowd. He was a founder of Chicago’s original cocktail den, the Violet Hour, and helped launched The Park Hyatt Tokyo’s New York Bar. Most recently, Maloney opened Pouring Ribbons in New York City.

Maloney co-founded Alchemy Consulting in 2004. While Alchemy’s purview is strictly cocktailian—most of their work goes into creating award-winning cocktail recipes—Maloney, the company’s “philosophical guide,” brings to the table every lesson he learned working in the industry, from doorman and dishwasher to busboy, waiter, cook, bar back, and, finally, bartender. And that’s why he’s able to instill a sense of pride in the bartenders who seek him out: Maloney believes the success of any organization lies squarely in the highest levels of customer service.