Like the cocktail, Ricky Gomez was born in the Southern city of New Orleans, Louisiana. He first got behind the bar as a hobby and means to make extra spending money. However during a stint in the city's iconic Garden District, Ricky became intrugued with New Orleans's cocktail culture and began learning basic mixology techniques. Following the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, Ricky's culinary passion for great cocktails strengthened with the reopening of New Orleans landmark restaurant, Commander's Palace. There, Ricky learned the importance of fresh ingredients and helped perfect recipes inspired by pre-prohibition era cocktails to pair with the restaurant's seasonal menu.Ricky is the USBC and Diageo World Class U.S. Ambassador.