Clair McLafferty Clair McLafferty spent over a decade working as a cocktail expert and is a former food and cocktail writer for Better Homes & Gardens. After quitting her office job in 2013, she began a journey of crafting her own cocktails, which resulted in recipe development and writing for several publications. However, Clair's writing is not limited to cocktails–she has also written about music, weddings, advertising, food science, and data science. She is the author of two different books that feature her own craft cocktail recipes and continues to demonstrate cocktail mixology for small classes. Skilled equally in writing and science, she began a new career in data science where she interpreted data to predict, for example, patterns in Crohn's disease, COVID-19 data, and fraudulent behavior. Currently, she works to mine and interpret data for new startups through Oracle. About Better Homes & Gardens Better Homes & Gardens, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is the only iconic home brand with a 100+ year history of providing trustworthy and achievable ideas for all doers and home-enthusiasts. We are the go-to resource for fresh takes on home, food, and gardening—inspiring people to bring their dreams to life at home on special occasions and every day. BHG reaches 45 million readers each month. Learn more about us and our editorial process.