Murray Stenson needs our help

Murray Stenson
Murray Stenson

Murray Stenson, Seattle's well-known and highly-regarded bartender (Zig Zag Café, Canon, 2010 "American Bartender of the Year") has a heart condition that will require an expensive surgery to allow him to return to work. Like many bartenders, he lacks health insurance. While we have not had the pleasure of visiting Murray in Seattle, we have certainly enjoyed some of his recipes and have heard tales of his hospitality.

Corn 'n Oil

2ozVirgin Islands Rum, Cruzan Blackstrap
14ozLime juice
2dsBitters, Angostura (optional)
Build on ice and stir.

Yes, the alcohol industry is gigantic: $70 billion wholesale in the US alone. Yet the craft cocktail family is small. Please join Kindred Cocktails in helping Murray through this difficult time. An online fund, MurrayAid has been established to help raise funds for Murray's operation and other medical expenses. You can also follow the project on the MurrayAid Facebook page.

-- Dan and Zachary



My evening at Zig-Zag with my

My evening at Zig-Zag with my partner, when I was just starting to learn about real cocktails, was truly a memorable experience. Murray served us with such charm and kindness. The people on the surrounding stools became our new best friends for the evening, and the drinks were perfect. Wishing him the best, and my donation is on the way.

A True Gentleman

sjdiaz21's picture

As an industry professional and Seattlite, anyone who has had the pleasure of being served by Murray knows he is a rare commodity among bartenders and a great person. I hope everyone will help pitch in and help Murray get back to good health and doing what he loves. Thanks Zach & Dan.


Zachary Pearson's picture

So many industry professionals lack health insurance, and even among the ones who have insurance, a major health issue like Mr. Stenson is facing can easily max out policies and lead to tens of thousands of dollars in out of pocket expenses. I would ask for not only your financial support, but also well wishes and prayers for Murray and his loved ones, including the Canon staff.