Edgewater Spirits has added Lukas Milkowski to the Wódka Vodka team as the New York Brand Ambassador.
Born and raised in South East Poland to teacher parents, Lukas Milkowski’s interest in spirits, cocktails and hospitality came from a presentation at his high school from a former bartending champion in Poland. After graduating college and majoring in hospitality and restaurant management, he was a part of a student exchange program and worked in the 5 star Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO., where he learned all about American hospitality.
It is however in the NYC bars and their incredible bartenders that taught him how to properly tend the bar, sharing their knowledge about techniques, spirits, cordials, wine and beer.
“New York City made me the bartender I am today. This is also where I have grown a great passion for all spirits: whiskies, rums, gins, tequilas, mezcals & of course with a hand on my heart, polish vodka, which in time lead me to Wódka (one of the last estate grown vodkas in Poland.)
– Lukas Milkowski
Lukas has worked at some notable bars in New York City, such as Nice Matin, Veselka Bowery, Ichabod’s, Pranna, The Vine & Coup to name a few. When he was approached by an old friend & industry veteran, Daniel Undhammar (one of the owners of Wódka), he knew it was his calling.
I am excited about learning & appreciating, beating the streets of New York, jumping behind bars, shaking up cocktails, presenting, tasting, and sharing a bit of polish rye gospel & Wódka love with fellow bartenders, industry family and bar owners. I look forward to making new friends and opportunities, as well as growing the brand.