Sugar is a wonderful thing in the world of cocktails. Sugar and bitters are the barman’s equivalent of the chef’s salt and pepper. But just as novice chefs overuse these master spices, the novice bartender will manage to ruin a perfectly good cocktail. Sugar can make a drink taste, well, more like itself. A mojito | Read More
The last time I was in my hometown in California, we made the obligatory visit to my hometown bar. It’s a British pub located downtown, and although it’s changed a lot over the years, I always make sure I stop in every time I’m home. It’s a solid little hometown pub where everyone knows you, | Read More
Although there are only three states on the West Coast of the United States, many people can only name California. Few people east of the Rocky Mountains can even pronounce Oregon (Or-uh-gun). Yet in the world of alcoholic beverages, bartending and mixology, Oregon is becoming a strong force, alongside such historical greats as New York, | Read More
Created by bar manager James West at Marché Restaurant, Eugene, Oregon I had this drink tonight and was completely blown away. You won’t find many drinks on this blog that were created by bartenders other than me (it is my website after all) but this drink deserves to be the exception to the rule. I | Read More
Sometimes a drink idea takes days of adjusting and tasting to finalize the recipe, but sometimes it will just come to me. When someone mentioned that Valentine’s Day was coming up in a week and that I should come up with a set of special drinks for the occasion, my wee brain somehow managed to | Read More
Hey Bartender I was hoping you could settle a debate that has begun in my office. The men say that most women drink for free (men buy their drinks) and expect to drink free. The women (myself included) believe this is an old wives tale as we have not the experience of walking into a | Read More
Brenda over at The Spirit World alerts us to a Playboy article about the top ten bartenders in America today: America’s best bartenders are not those oh-so-talented men and women who can juggle three liquor bottles while singing country tunes. And they are not the folks who merely give you a free round (though that | Read More
Jennifer sends along this article about the Beverly Hills Trader Vic’s that I had the pleasure of visiting last year closing its doors and making way for a Waldorf-Astoria hotel. There’s some sort of classic-versus-tiki debate sitting there, but I wouldn’t dare touch that one – I’ve gotten into enough trouble lately.
Hey Bartender As you stated in your recent post, we can’t possibly be expected to know the full gamut of odd-named and (sometimes) purely awful drinks that tend to get ordered every once and a while. I was wondering, is there one comprehensive (preferably small and inconspicuous-looking) cocktail book that covers a large percentage of | Read More
The wonderful Joe at joebartender.com has posted an interview we did together… How did you go about getting your first bartending gig? Was it tough to land your first one? Through the campus job center, I found – and was hired for – two jobs on the same day. One was bussing dishes in a | Read More
I can’t believe I forgot this one. It should be right up there in the top ten bar myths, ever. Read on. 11. You have the right to a free drink on your birthday. I wish I knew how this one got started. It seems really bizarre to me, and it’s something that some people | Read More
Well, about six years later, I finally got around to making a video about my Brandy Alexander story. Click below to watch the Small Screen Network video about my dad and his first experience with Brandy Alexanders. Then come back to read the post and grab the recipe. All this talk of Chocolate Martinis | Read More
The world of booze can be mystifying to people that don’t work in bars or around alcohol all the time. I hear a lot of assumptions about the industry I’m in that are — much like 90% of what you hear in bars — completely false. Here are a few you’ve probably heard yourself. 1. | Read More
Hey Bartender I have a question about this twisted industry you (we) are in. Right now I’m serving and bartending at an independent bar/restaurant and will work until about 1 or 2am every shift. It’s throwing the rest of my life out of wack. How’s your social life been? I’m wondering what it’s going to | Read More
If a man gives a round of applause when someone breaks a glass in a bar or restaurant, he’s a douchebag.