Alba Huerta

Alba Huerta is an award-winning bartender, author, host, brand ambassador, and cocktail educator. Her debut cocktail book, Julep, is named after her flagship bar in Houston, and received an IACP award in the Wine, Beer and Spirits Category. Born in Mexico and raised in Texas, Alba is a proud Mexican-American and Houstonian who boasts a venerable bar pedigree which began in Las Vegas and has taken her around the world to hone her craft and back to her home in Houston. Alba worked alongside the Anvil Bar and Refuge Team, helped to launch the U.S. Bartender’s Guild as the Chapter President, and created a best-in-class Mezcaleria called The Pastry War before opening her bar, Julep.

Julep was named one of the Top Five Bars in the U.S. by Bon Appetit and was recognized by Esquire as one of the Best Bars in America. It was also a finalist for Best American Cocktail Bar at Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards.

Thrillist selected Alba as one of the Best Bartenders in America. She was inducted to the Tales of the Cocktail Dame Hall of Fame, named Imbibe’s Bartender of the year, and was one of the Houston Chronicle’s 50 Most Fascinating People. Cherry Bombe included her in the Cherry Bombe 100  and Food & Wine selected her as a rising-star female mixologist.

In 2021, Alba joined the Williams Sonoma Chefs’ Collective and hosts the Williams Sonoma Virtual Beverage Academy, where customers from across the world gather to learn to maximize their at-home bartender skills.

Above all, Alba is known for bringing her passion for quality wine, spirits and cocktails and her Southern hospitality to her bars, her industry, and her fans across the world.