Opinion

Last Gasp of a Dinosaur

There is an interesting post over at the Bartending Magazine blog about the new complex nature of cocktails. To summarize the post, the author laments the fact that progress is interfering with “classic cocktails”, like the Rum & Coke and Screwdrivers, because these newfangled cocktails… [Continue]

Skinny Girl Margarita

The Margarita is most likely the number one requested summer cocktail. The problem is that very few people actually enjoy a genuine Margarita. Early in its history it was a simple drink--related to the Daisy class of alcoholic drinks--which consisted of tequila, triple sec, lime and salt. Sadly, over the last 30 years, this… [Continue]

The Big Old Boring Vodka Martini

vodkaWhy do people order dry vodka martini's? Is it because they don't know what else to order? Is it the herding effect? Or do people actually think they taste good? This is as much a study in psychology as it is in drinking trends. Remember the term "monkey see, monkey do", that's… [Continue]

Five Drinks Bartenders Hate To Make

This is an article from the San Francisco Chronicle that's been making the rounds in the blogosphere. As a bartender, and a customer of bars, I have an opinion on this list of drinks and more specifically the responses of these so called 'bartenders'. This article is the specific reason bartenders… [Continue]

Bartender Fan Mail

bartendingEvery once in a while I get a comment that rubs me the wrong way. I usually ignore them and press the "junk comment" button, sending the offending comment down the proverbial data toilet. But this comment is epic. When dumb people speak, or type, the truth can be found… [Continue]

Bartender vs Mixologist

Bartender vs MixologistAs I was perusing the Liquid Muse’s blog, Natalie had a great topic in one of her posts. During an interview she called Rick, from Martini Groove, a “mixologist”… [Continue]

Jumping the Shark

The idiom “jumping the shark” is defined as the moment in time when a creative effort moves beyond the essential qualities that initially defined its success and progresses into absurdity. The publication of “The Sorcerer of Shaken & Stirred” by the New York Times is a perfect example… [Continue]

Nicotini - Tobacco Infusions

For some reason bartenders are drawn to the idea of infusing spirits with tobacco. After my post on the Bar Sorcerer, where I made a statement that “tobacco infusions are a bad idea” I’ve had a number of people ask why? The simple answer is toxicity, but that answer doesn’t provide the details intelligent bartenders are looking for, so in this post I’ve expanded on… [Continue]

Some Tips About Tipping

Recently there has been a lot of blog posts (Waiter Rant, Boozenews.ca, etc.) about tipping, and I figure I should throw my two cents into the ring. In general, tipping or providing gratuities, for a job well done by a server or bartender is a given in the food and beverage business. But it is always a crap shoot from the servers point of view. Sometimes we get stiffed even though we provided exceptional… [Continue]

Cocktail Hall of Shame

Cocktail-hall-of-shameWhen you write a blog, you try to keep things interesting by writing about a bunch of different subjects. Most of the time I write about cocktails and drinks I like, or what’s popular. That can get old. So I decided that I should occasionally write about things… [Continue]

Bartending Pet Peeve Number One

cocktail-shaker.jpgWhen you work behind a bar, there are many things that the customers / guest don't get to see or don't understand. Sometimes we don't want you to see things, it is part of the magic, other times we would like to let you know about something. Here's one… [Continue]

High Fructose Corn Syrup Pt. II

What is it about High Fructose Corn Syrup that makes it different from other sugars, like common table sugar? Obviously, the sugars come from two different plants corn and sugar cane / sugar beets. But the key factor, and the one that causes the most discussion, is that the sugars produced from corn are a products of a multi-stage enzymatic process that breaks down corn starch into simple sugars.… [Continue]

Bartending and Your Boobs

So there I was, making tongue-in-cheek statements on Twitter when I went and stuck my foot in my mouth, or so it seems. My offending statement was about applying for a bartender job in places where the idea of talented mixologists has yet to entrench itself. My exact words were: "Should I consider breast implants before applying for a bartending gig?" Considering… [Continue]

Cocktail Blogging is Dead

There, I said it. Actually it was pointed out to me by SeanMike on Twitter that I have been saying this since 2010 at the first Portland Cocktail week. Before I said it, Rick Dobbs prophesied it back in 2008. Let's say the writing was on the wall and today the coroner is just about to sign the death certificate.… [Continue]

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