How To Become My Friend In 5 Cocktails
I get along with good bartenders.
No, this is not a veiled proclamation of alcoholism, it's just that I tend to get along with good bartenders and somaliers. I look for and collect them anywhere I go. Almost like collecting playing cards that you see around the city. They have a strange and similar character that appeals to some and goes unnoticed and unappreciated by many more.
Even thought the above statement could be applied in a vague sense, I want to emphasize the word 'good.' A good bartender is that unique individual that can execute the basics with flare and pizzaz but can also manipulate those same ingredients into a dynamic and smooth creation tailored to specific tastes. A good bartender doesn't merely memorize your 'usual' but can instead ask you a few simple questions, or see what you are eating, and suggest a drink that will elevate your eating experience to the next level. A good bartender is consistent. In short, a good bartender is extremely hard to find....therefore, I don't have a ton of friends....well bartender friends. :)
So how do I determine if I would trust you with my drinking experience for the night? I ask for one to two of five basic drinks. Even though each is fairly simple, they represent some of the basics that have been lost on the 'appletini' and Ruby Tuesdays of bar tending.
In an effort to find more 'good bartender friends' i'm going to put my mediocre bar-tending skills out there for everyone to see and record a video of me making each of these drinks. So stay tuned for that over the next few weeks. Ill post the old-fashioned on Friday!
So what are your 'test of the bartender' drinks?
While this list is specific to me, I have come to find out that everyone seems to have their 'test of the bartender.' For some its knowledge of beer, for others it's the ability to make tequila based drinks. Whatever your list may be hold true and appreciate the good ones you find. Like falling in love, a good bartender is rare and should be cherished. :)