The Story of BootlegGreg Cocktail Co.
Gregory Genias, now better known as Bootleg Greg, was born in the hills off Cockpit Country Trelawny, Jamaica. His transformation into Bootleg Greg began at an early age with the help of his father, a self-proclaim bushman and moonshiner, who exposed a young Gregory to the inner workings of plants and herbs and their benefits to the human body.
This early education eventually led Bootleg to start his career in the food and beverage industry at several high-end resorts in Jamaica’s famed North Coast. He quickly rose to prominence as a bartender working for the Super Clubs Chain, most notably the Grand Lido Braco, and Hedonism III. In 2005, Bootleg Greg moved to Montego Bay`s Hip Strip, where he created his first cocktail menu for the prestigious Nikkita’s bar and restaurant.
His talent did not go unnoticed and in 2006, the owner of Creative Host, a restaurant group in Donald Sangster International Airport, entrusted Gregory with the task of rehabilitating the entire beverage program. While there, he won numerous awards and accolades, most notably The Best in Field Award in 2007.
In October of 2007, BootlegGreg was recruited by Marriot International and migrated to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he lived and worked in the famed French Quarter. It was here that he was able to truly exercise his creativity. He gained further fame by combining the knowledge passed on to him by his father, with post and pre-prohibition mixology methods to create a new style all his own.
Currently, BootlegGreg is the co-owner of BootlegGreg Cocktail Co. , a concept cocktail and health conscious beverage company. He also serves as the cocktail beverage consultant for the Dean James Maxx Restaurant Group where he manages and streamlines the beverage program at various restaurants and bars across the country. Throughout all his endeavors, he continues to teach the importance of using fresh fruits and herbs and creating cocktails that prioritize nutrition.
You can also see some of BootlegGreg’s work on the NBC network , CT Drinks YouTube channel, in the book A Field Guide to Drinking in America by Niki Ganong, and most recently in Cynthia Von Buhler’s immersive play “The Illuminati Ball: an immersive excursion” and “Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic".