One of the things I love most in this world is to spotlight the work of people I love and admire. When the editors at EBONY asked me to pen a piece featuring cocktails inspired by music, I knew exactly who to turn to. Jade Verette is a Brooklyn-based chef and mixologist whom I’ve been friends with for years. Pick up a copy of the June 2015 issue to check out her original beverages inspired by jazz, hip hop, and reggae. And many thanks to Jade for providing three amazing recipes!