#049 – Mark Addison: How Cocktail Chameleon Brings Mixology to the Masses

  • February 13, 2018
Mark Addison shaking a shaker

Mark Addison

Mark Addison is an award-winning designer, event planner, TV personality, entertaining expert, and the author of my new favorite book, Cocktail Chameleon.

In Cocktail Chameleon, Mark dresses up 12 cocktails in 12 unique variations for 144 signature takes on the classics. Inspiring the creative mixologist in everyone, it is an ally for hosts looking to elevate an occasion, or anyone looking to unwind and end the day on a high note! A lot of people get nervous or intimidated when mixology is brought up, but Cocktail Chameleon makes it easy for anybody.

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“People think that mixology is a magical spell that is being cast. Certainly at the end, hopefully, you have something magical, but it doesn’t take superhuman powers to do.” –Mark Addison Click To Tweet

Cocktail Chameleon highlights what I just forking love about Mark and his work: he believes that life is a series of special occasions meant to be celebrated in high style! He brings an element of fun and an unique aesthetic to everything he does, without ever becoming too esoteric or unapproachable. The end result is simple, entertaining, and delicious.

We also discuss:

  • What’s in the Marktini & Markarita
  • Naming Debi’s signature cocktail
  • Having fun with your cocktail
  • How Mad Men helped the coupe glass make a comeback
  • Growing up in Miami
  • Debi’s three favorite cocktails from Cocktail Chameleon
  • The origins and etymology of ‘margarita’
  • How garnish compliments your cocktails


Mark Addison’s Bio:

Mark Addison believes that life is a series of special occasions meant to be celebrated in high style. As an award-winning designer and producer, he has created extraordinary environments, from celebrity events and major product launches to destination weddings and international galas. His uniquely creative vision has earned him an impressive client list of celebrities, top consumer brands, and Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Addison’s entertaining and design expertise, along with his dynamic personal style, have made him a sought-after authority. He has shared his ideas on throwing parties, mixing signature cocktails, home décor, and cooking for guests in more than 100 television appearances on national and regional TV shows, as well as a being a regular contributor to print and online publications.

Splitting his time between New York City, Palm Beach, and Vermont, he is always energized by his shifting environment and inspired by the natural beauty of his surroundings. This brings a fresh perspective and contagious optimism to all his work, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera.

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