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A Gallon of Margaritas by the Gallon

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Update! Click here to learn how to make this and other drinks for a slushie machine! It’s summer here in Oregon, which means barbecues, camping trips and river floats are on the agenda for the next few months. I always love showing up with a gallon jug of pre-mixed margaritas for the party, so I’ve | Read More

I’m Quoted in Wine Enthusiast Magazine!

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Wow, this is really great. Gary Regan of Ardent Spirits did an article about orange liqueurs for Wine Enthusiast magazine, and he included some of my thoughts and a recipe, for our Mexican Sidecar at Vaquero. You can read the article here for now, but I highly recommend picking up the June issue and seeing | Read More

Quoted

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Sophie Soong of KVAL here in Eugene interviewed me last night for a short piece on tipping here in Eugene. You can read the brilliant soundbite I gave here. Thanks, Sophie!

My Pilgrimage to Trader Vic’s

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The first, and pretty much only thing I really wanted to do during my short stay in Los Angeles was to go to Trader Vic’s. As you undoubtedly have noticed, I’m a huge fan of Trader Vic’s drinks, and his overall bartending philosophy. So I begged and pleaded with Sarah and Jenny to take me | Read More

Margarita

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Since it’s Cinco de Mayo and everything, I figured I’d post the margarita we use at the bar. I worked on my margarita recipe for a long time until I found that perfect balance between sweet, sour and strong. It’s been very good to us over the years. I learned early on the famous 2:1:1 | Read More

On My Radio

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Hi all! I’m being interviewed tonight on KOPT radio in Eugene for a segment on food and wine pairings. I’ll be on between 5PM and 5:30PM, so tune in and listen up! That’s 1600 AM for my local readers. I’ll look for an audio stream to link to… Night night!

Trader Vic’s Bartenders that Customers Don’t Like

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This is Part Two. Click here for Part One. 1. Bartenders who point out a customer’s previous drunken antics. 2. Bartenders who mention a customer’s previous companions. 3. Bartenders who give away the house’s liquor. 4. Bartenders who listen in on customers’ conversations, gossip about other customers, gripe about the boss, the pay, or other | Read More

Trader Vic’s People that Bartenders Have Learned Not to Like

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I thought I’d share some wisdom from Trader Vic. I happen to own a copy of his 1947 Bartender’s Guide, and this is straight from the source. It’s amazing how things never seem to change in bars. 1. People who drink to excess. 2. Cheap floozies who carouse with “every unattached male in the place”. | Read More

The Channel Knife

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Making a lemon twist is the subject of much passionate discourse. The traditional thinking in this matter is that to take off even the slightest touch of the pith (the white substance between the skin and the fruit) is considered to be bad form. The pith is, to many, a bitter substance best left out | Read More

Pegu Club Cocktail

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I started making this drink back when I first heard about it in 2006. I used to favor some pretty hefty proportions, but I’ve tamed my version of the drink down just a little in recent years. This drink was created at the Pegu Club in Rangoon, Burma, probably in the 1920s. According to Harry | Read More

Another Form Submission

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I just got this really nice letter yesterday from someone who had been in to Red Agave last summer. I thought I’d share it, because it made my day: Jeff, I’m glad to have found your website. It’s fun and a good look into Eugene for this newcomer. You served me dinner at the bar | Read More

I’m going to be on TV!

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Last Friday, I was interviewed by Ellie Estrada and Sarah Simpson from KMTR NewsSource 16 here in Eugene for a story they’re doing about me, this website, and my bartending. We spoke for an hour in the afternoon, and then they came back that night and shot footage of the bar, and interviewed my boss, | Read More