Kate Mckiernan

Kate McKiernan

School: DePaul University

Expertise: Cocktails, restaurants

Kate McKiernan

  • Managed award-winning restaurants and bars in Los Angeles and Chicago for 10+ years
  • Lead copywriter for The Blend by Beam Suntory, a digital platform and resource for the hospitality community and bartenders all over the US
  • Screenwriter, memoirist and playwright


Kate is a writer and hospitality aficionado who is always on the lookout for the next best bite (or sip.) Whether behind the bar or at her keyboard, Kate loves sharing unique stories about food, cocktails, wines and spirits, and the people who make them. She believes strongly that community is created when people come together over a great meal, and the more we all eat together, the more we might understand each other. 

Baking cakes and breads since she was a kid, Kate’s style in the kitchen is notoriously messy and experimental but delicious. Influenced by the chefs she has worked with across the country, including Chad Colby, Steve Samson, Paul Kahan and Nancy Silverton, Kate favors cooking Italian dishes and pasta for her friends. When she’s not hosting dinner parties or writing, you will find her walking around the north side of Chicago trying to wear out her cattle dog/bully mix, Mason.

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Articles & Recipes

Easy Whiskey Sour

An oldie but goodie! The classic whiskey sour combines the warm glow of whiskey with a sweet-tart pucker of lemon. The optional egg white adds a lovely frothy texture and richness. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Vesper Martini

The iconic martini ordered by James Bond in Casino Royale, the Vesper is a bracingly crisp combination of gin, vodka and Lillet (a French aperitif). Served this classic shaken, not stirred, of course! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Lemon Tom Collins

It's easy to mix up this beloved, retro party drink! The classic Tom Collins had a straightforward set of ingredients: gin, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and sparkling club soda for a refreshing finish. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen