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The seasons are changing and as we turn over our closets to warmer weather, that doesn't mean our bar carts have to change! Whisky, whiskey and scotch are beverages that we gravitate towards during colder temperatures, its the perfect spirit to enjoy in the summer as well! Just think about such classics as Mint Juleps for the Kentucky Derby! We hung out with Joey Vargas, Beverage Director at midtown's American Whiskey to get a one-on-one session to make some classic cocktails and then we sat down to find out the hard questions - what is the difference between these spirits, what his job entails and what drinks we need to include for our rooftop get togethers. ATHLEISURE MAG: We enjoyed your mixology class recently. Tell us about how you became a beverage director, and what your day to day looks like when you're at American Whiskey? JOEY VARGAS: Most of my days start pretty early. I arrive at American Whiskey at 10 a.m. to open the bar. I usually have 3 or 4 tastings scheduled with my distributors to taste new spirits and (more often than not) we discuss what's been popular in the bar, as well as figure out new expressions or upcoming whiskeys to add to our ever-growing list. I also still like to schedule myself, quite a bit, to work behind the bar. I don't like to feel rusty or that I can't keep up with our other bartenders. AM: What is the difference between whisky, whiskey, and scotch? JV: Traditionally, "whisky" referred to the forefathers of whisky produced in Scotland and Ireland. When the whiskey boom first hit the states in the 1700s, the Irish immigrants brought over whiskey and we adopted the "e" in whiskey. Usually, today if the "e" is in the word whiskey, it's used to discuss American whiskeys. There are a few examples of American brands honoring their European heritage and not

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Our celebrity cover for the May issue of Athleisure Mag is, Jeannie Mai of FOX's The Real! This issue also includes a Travel Editorial with...