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John Apodaca of Daddy-O’s Martinis

Daddy-O’s Martinis craft cocktail mobile bartending service was founded in 2008 by John Apodaca.  Being the grandson of a bootlegger from Albuquerque, New Mexico, who made his own whiskey, beer, and wine, you might say working with classic spirits runs in John’s blood.

Involved in the swing dance scene in Los Angeles since the swing resurgence back in 1998, John and his friend Scott Giordano would volunteer to make craft cocktails for guests at the various swing dance house parties they attended.  During this period, John started learning the fundamentals of making classic, craft cocktails as well as researching vintage cocktail recipes.  He quickly learned that the secret to making great tasting drinks is to use high-quality spirits and ingredients.

John specializes in making classic craft cocktails from the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century.  He utilizes top shelf spirits and mixers along with fresh herbs and juices, as opposed to bottled sweet & sour and pre-mixes.  John has a passion for connecting with customers, and serves them great craft cocktails as well as his own creations, making even the most finicky drinker happy.



John Apodaca of Daddy-O’s Martinis instructs a group of Toshiba executives in the art of mixing cocktails.

Daddy-O’s Martinis mobile bartending service will help you, the host, plan a menu around your theme, create a shopping list, and suggest several choices of spirits and mixers along with convenient locations to purchase the ingredients.  John and/or his staff will show up one half hour prior to the event to set up in the location provided by the host and will tear down one half hour prior to the end of the agreed time, (a minimum of five hours).  Click here for Daddy-O’s Martinis current rates.  John makes sure your guest’s craft cocktails are made with care, and well-balanced.  In addition, he can make drinks that are not on the menu to accommodate every guest.  Not only is John an experienced craft cocktail bartender and host, he’s also a mixologist with a vast knowledge of vintage cocktails and the history behind them.


John Apodaca of Daddy-O’s Martinis instructs students in the fine art of shaking at Culinary Enterprises.

In addition to catering parties and events, John has conducted craft cocktail classes at Sur La Table in Los Angeles, and Culinary Enterprises in Signal Hill.  He was also the craft cocktail consultant and historian on the Martini in the Morning radio show in Studio City, California, for four and a half years.  John also conducts in-home classes, which makes for an enjoyable alternative for your next party.  Contact him here for a consultation.  John works in Long Beach, greater Los Angeles, and Orange County.