Spotlight on Eric Hobbie: Camden’s Head Intoxicoligist

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At Camden Cocktail Lounge, our menu is a masterpiece of mixology. But have you ever been curious about who dreamed up our incredible cocktail concoctions? It’s time to meet the man behind the mixology, our “Head Intoxicologist” Eric Hobbie.

A bartender from an early age, Eric has developed an unusual yet highly sophisticated style of mixology over the years. Here, you’ll learn a little bit more about his story, his craft, and some of his personal favorite cocktails!

Eric’s story

While Eric Hobbie is still quite young, he’s already spent years refining his craft. He actually started bartending in New York at the age of 16 (don’t tell, because technically he shouldn’t have been doing this till he was 18!).

Eventually, he would move on up by helping to open Charlie Trotter’s restaurant in the Palazzo. This is where he really began to get into mixology.

A restaurateur like Charlie Trotter wouldn’t just offer any drinks on the menu. This was the first time that Eric began to learn how to put together flavors in a glass.

Sometimes it was challenging, and he was forced to step outside of his comfort zone, seeking out sometimes unusual or unexpected ingredients to create the flavor sensations he sought to offer customers.

He continued in the industry, moving on to B&B Ristorante, a collaboration between Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich at the Venetian. At the time, Eric was working with a local forager and dreaming up creative cocktails. An early success was  “The Green Monk” cocktail which was made with Hendricks gin, meyer lemon juice, cucumber, basil, and yellow chartreuse. It gained him his first media exposure on a food blog, and the media continued to take note.

Eventually, he was personally invited to Tales of the Cocktail, the premier series of cocktail events, by Salvatore Calabrese, who is considered one of the world’s best bartenders.

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Creative fusion

When Eric was approached by Andi Masi of Clique Hospitality about a new project, he was intrigued–and excited. A long admirer of Clique Hospitality venues, he knew from the outset that the concept behind Camden was special.

He was told to “have fun” with the menu, and to create something totally unique. After all, the cocktails had to be just as special as the space, which was beautifully designed and featured a variety of world-class pieces of art. Eric didn’t hold back on the creativity in creating the incredible list of over-the-top cocktails that make Camden so destination-worthy.

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On Mixology

When it comes to mixing drinks, Eric is well versed in all styles of spirits, from a simple mixed drink to an over the top cocktail creation.

One of his favorite drinks to make is actually the humble Negroni–made with gin, campari, and vermouth. As he says, “It’s simple: only 3 ingredients in equal portions. Yet if not measured properly the drink is way off.”

He also has great fun crafting more complicated cocktails, though. Case in point: one of his favorite cocktails on the Camden menu is The Green Goblin cocktail. Made with Cruzan Rum, lime, sugar, herb blended nitro muddled herbs, and served with an Octagon Cube, it’s unlike anything you’ve ever tried!

Looking to expand your cocktail repertoire? Eric would love to see more customers get curious about gin. It’s one of those spirits that can turn people off at a young age if they overdo it, but it’s worth getting to know. However, Eric views it as a fascinating and versatile spirit that makes for truly unique cocktails.

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Committed to delivering a great customer experience

Ultimately, everything that Eric does is geared with you, the customer, in mind. With his creative drinks, he’s not just trying to make “cool” cocktails. He wants to deliver a truly incredible cocktail experience to the end consumer.

According to Eric, “When a guest steps into Camden, they become family.” He wants every customer to enjoy cocktail perfection and to have a drinking experience unlike any other!

Conclusion: At Camden Cocktail Lounge, we offer some of the best and most creative cocktails Las Vegas has to offer. This is largely thanks to our “Head Intoxicologist” Eric Hobbie. Now that you’ve gotten to know him a little better, come taste his creations! We can’t wait to see you at the Palms Casino Resort.

Have you tried Eric Hobbie’s cocktails at Camden?