Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Closing out.

I'm ready for my vacation. ready to get the hell out of town. I've been sworn to so much secrecy its driving me nuts. I made a decision that I want to see if I can stick to. I know I cant but we'll see. I wish I could just say the witty thing and not worry about the funny situation. I think I want to spend a day or two alone. I want to have people over. I want this to all make sense.

Actual cocktail related posts coming soon.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Can't sleep, update time.

I worked the past 4 nights, forgot to have dinner last night , and so I went out and had a Deluxe NY steak and baked potato for lunch today.. which led to me napping til 8pm. I haven't had a decent sleep schedule lately.

So Update stuffs...

I will be attending Tales this year and am looking forward to it very much. There is too much to want to go to, but I think I'll be happy with my selections of seminars and tastings. Had dinner last wednesday courtesy of Bacardi, where Willy(ie?) Ramos was there answering any questions about rum and Bacardi in specific. It was a pleasure to see him go head to head with everyone at that table. Some mouths were bigger than others. I have been asked to be a part of the new venture that will be Tavern Law and am looking forward to working down the street from my good friend Casey at Barrio whom I met up with at zig zag tonight before heading to the Irish house for what developed into an evening of gambling on bar touch screen games. Really fun times.

The Ginger kid is stlll in the works.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Exercises in Futility....

1.5 oz Cruzan light rum
.5 oz Yellow Chrtreuse
dash Campari
dash Agnostura
dash Absinthe

Build in glass over Ice.

Citrus may help.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Mailbag time! Food and Wind Cocktails '09

Tonight was pretty much a 9, the extra 1 would have been if I wasn't sleeping alone again with the pooch.

Today in the mail at work was the new edition of Food and Wine Cocktails for the 2009 year. I am extremely proud to say that Sun Liquor was named in the best 100 bars in the country. ( I love how this is my follow-up to a rant about bullshit reviews. )

Joining that barstaff has been the best thing in a while to ever happen to me personally and professionally.

Personal aside:

June 1st marked the 4th anniversary of my brother Steve being killed in action in Iraq. After his passing I turned to the bottle pretty hard, subsequently I lost 2 jobs, couldn't handle a relationship, and my music career wasn't the same passion it once was.

I am thinking tonight I may be feeling a bit like my old self.

Back to work:

Tonight I had a friend in town from San Diego who brought a ton of friends and kept happy hour lively. I saw a ton of old faces tonight, not that they are old, but I saw some people I hadn't seen in a few years. During this time someone who for the sake of argument I will label "Bartending Friend #1" henceforth referred to #1, bring in one of his employees during happy hour and enjoyed our patio. I had hung out not too long ago with said employee at someone who will referred to as "Bartender #2"s 30th birthday party. #1 had already closed out when #2 showed up, but re-opened his tab with beers and shots. A few rounds of drinks went back and forth and hopefully a good time was had by all. A bit later #2 gave his girl a piggyback ride down the street. Said employee had already closed out #1's tab and left #1 in a heated discussion with my roomate who I also work with at job #2. #`1 was talking about how knowing recipes does not constitute being a good bartender. I fully agree. "How many Margarita's can you make in 5 minutes???"

Personal aside #2

Me and the roomie have come to fisticuffs in the past and tonight was the first time I saw that same fire in his eyes directed at someone else and I'm glad nothing happened. #1 was talking as much trash as he was talking sense but was a pleasure to watch and be on the other side of the stick ( you did tell me the importance of the bartender being the most sober person in the room. ) and..... although he was trying to make a point of how much he had taught me, I will reiterate we have never worked behind the same bar. I hold him in the upper echelon of people I have learned from while sitting at a bar, but the first people to ever teach me anything about working behind a good bar were Erik and Will from Sun.