December 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
After working too many events where the bartenders were left lacking something, either because someone forgot it or because we never thought that we would actually need it. I finally went ahead and put together a checklist for working off-site gigs.
While this is a very basic checklist that covers various levels of what might be needed during the course of the job, I firmly believe that it should be helpful for about 90% of our needs when bartending events.
I broke it down into columns with a different place for number needed for the event, the actual number at the start, and the number that you left with. Hopefully, this should be helpful for keeping track of inventory and leave you from thinking, “I could swear I got here with six muddlers.”
Also, there is a section for initialing and dating at the end of the night, which should keep accountability in place and make it much easier for the next time you open up the traveling bar kit.
Most of you should probably be just fine with the first couple of columns, but it never hurts to keep it thorough for those of you that run a tight ship.
Since everyone has a different bag of tricks regarding these sort of checklists, I went ahead made it available as both an Excel file or a PDF.
Naturally, those of you that wish to tweak and modify the checklist will be happiest with the Excel sheet, but for those of you with more standard requirements the PDF should be more than enough to handle your needs.
If any of you manage to vastly improve it and would like to share the love, please pass it along and I will go ahead and make it available here for download.Until then, thank you for taking the time to check it out, and I hope you find it helpful.
December 18, 2014 § Leave a comment
When the weather is nice and you are feeling good there is nothing quite like a Pimm’s Cup. They are complex enough for even the most seasoned cocktail pro, yet approachable enough for the bar novice.
December 15, 2014 § Leave a comment
Thank you so much to everyone that came out to see me during the Toy Drive at Harvard & Stone in Hollywood last week. We raised a bunch of money and toys for a good cause, so I could not be happier with how the night went.
Several people throughout the evening asked me for the recipes to the drinks that I was making off of my menu, but since I was too busy shaking and stirring to write anything down, I thought that I would go ahead post the recipes here.
Keep in mind that there drinks work best with 100+ proof whiskey, but then again what whiskey cocktail doesn’t?
December 12, 2014 § Leave a comment
Here is seasonal winter cocktail that I came up with to help put all of you in the holiday spirit. It plays off of the natural affinities between rye whiskey, Amaro Montenegro and maple syrup. It creates a playful mixture of bittersweet herbs and creamy cinnamon. Amaro is excellent for the digestion, so why not make one for the family after everyone gets stuffed with ham and turkey.
December 11, 2014 § Leave a comment
The Kentucky Buck is an original recipe of mine that has kind of become my signature cocktail. Although, I first came up with it back during my Bourbon & Branch days in San Francisco, it has followed me around from bar to bar ever since, and I am proud to say that it has been featured on cocktail menus all around the world.