Tad Carducci is a lifelong bartender, award-winning mixologist, and general bon vivant, with more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He is one half of the dynamic duo known as the Tippling Bros., a New York based beverage consultancy dedicated to "spirituous advisement and raising of the bar.” He has won several major national cocktail competitions and has judged, organized, or emceed a few as well. In addition to consulting, Mr. Carducci is a partner in the Mercadito Restaurant group, with outposts in New York, Chicago, and Miami.
Carducci’s work has been featured in Food & Wine, The New York Times, Imbibe, Vogue, W Magazine, Travel + Leisure, Cheers!, Santé, Food Arts, Condé Nast, and many other national publications, as well as on NBC’s the Today Show, Sirius Radio, CW 11 morning news, CNBC, and other media. He has contributed articles to Cheers!, Santé, and theBoozehound.com. He’s a top-level graduate of the inaugural Beverage Alcohol Resource course and has earned certificates from both the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. He is also a member of the BarSmarts national training team, a charter member of the New York Chapter of the U.S. Bartenders Guild, and, most recently, a judge for the Ultimate Beverage Challenge.
Carducci lives in a little bungalow in New Jersey with his wife Joanne and son Leo, as well as a couple of canines. He is convinced that he hung out with Ernest Hemingway in his last go-round, and if he had it to do over again, would be a jazz crooner or professional lobsterman. He’s addicted to hot dogs and the Discovery Channel, plays guitar very badly, and drives way too fast.