It’s a sad day for the bartending world. Sasha Petraske, legendary bartender and founder of famed New York bar Milk & Honey, was found dead in his Hudson, New York, home this morning. He was 42.
As the New York Times reports, Petraske had just moved with his wife of four months to Hudson for a consulting job. His wife, journalist Georgette Moger, found him this morning. The cause of death is still unknown.
Petraske helped to change the cocktail world forever when he opened Milk & Honey in Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1999. He later helped open a string of other influential craft cocktail bars, including Little Branch, Dutch Kills and Middle Branch in New York, as well as the Varnish in Los Angeles and Everleigh in Melbourne, Australia.
Read more about Petraske, and his admirable career, at the New York Times.