Tuesday
Sep222009

Flair Bartending Lesson #33: The Multi-Pour

In flair bartending, there are some moves that take hours and hours - if not weeks or months - of practice. And sometimes, the end result doesn't even look all that impressive. This move, the Multi-Pour, is not one of those moves. It's quite the opposite. With just a little practice, you can learn to successfully deliver one of the best crowd-pleasers I know. Now don't get silly and try it for the first time Friday night while you're three deep. Be sure to start small with just a couple tins/shots. As you get better, see how many you can do and have fun stacking the shots at different levels to create a more impressive display. BE CAREFUL to find your limit of how many you feel comfortable with - I usually max out around 11. Any more than 11 and I worry about the tins slipping apart while I'm pouring and breaking the whole display. Which is not good.

As promised, I've also got a few bonus clips which will be up shortly. Check back later today.

Monday
Sep212009

24 Hours

I've got the bar to myself from noon-3pm tomorrow to film some videos. I've got some exciting moves I'm anxious to break down and share with you guys: the multi-pour, some new glass moves, and finally, we'll start moving into exhibtion flair. This is when things get fun. If you've hung out with me this long, get ready for the real goods starting tomorrow. Get a helmet, get your practice bottles, and get ready to get funky.

Tuesday
Sep082009

New Job

Two weeks ago I started picking up two shifts per week at the local Hilton to help out my friend Josh, the manager there, while they search for a permanent full-time bartender. Turns out working 6 days and 60 hours/week hasn't left me with much time to get new videos up. I'm gonna schedule time to film some more flair moves and recipes this week and do my best to get them up Monday. Hang in there, more goods are coming, I promise. On that note, any drinks you'd like to see made? I'm going to do a Sex on the Beach, a Chocolate Martini, a Cosmo, and a few others, but I'm open to hearing about any of your favorites.

So far, I'm liking the Hilton - extra hours, extra money, new people - but I'm anxious to get back to spending more time on this site, as well as a few other projects I'm working on. So, if you're in the Madison, WI area, and you're looking for a full-time position at the absolute nicest hotel in town, stop by the Hilton and ask for Josh Foley. Great place to work, and I'd stay there myself, if I didn't already have a full-time job. That, and I have serious moral objections to working more than 40 hours per week....

Oh, and the absolute only negative thing I can say about the place is, they use jiggers!! What's up with that? After 10 years of free-pouring, I can pour exactly 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 1 1/4 oz, and 2 oz, on the dot everytime. I almost didn't know how to use the damn thing. Anybody else out there still using jiggers? Do you prefer them or is it a managerial thing? It's like having a calculator right in front of you but still using an abacus - drives me nuts. A good bartender with a Spill-Stop 285-50 can pour more acurately, more swiftly, any day of the week over some bottle-jockey with a jigger. Am I wrong?

Check back next week for some sweet new moves. I'll even throw in some extras to make up for lost time:)

Monday
Aug172009

Flair Bartending Lesson #32: Tony Cogburn 360

This move is always a crowd pleaser and is a great way to from a few flair moves into actually pouring the drink. Make sure you have enough room behind the bar and don't forget to measure your pour count. I promise you - this is a great, easy move that you will be using a lot behind the bar.

Friday
Aug142009

How to Make an Old Fashioned

This is one of my favorite drinks - a classic, old-time cocktail that is perfect year-round. There are a number of variations on the Old Fashioned - the video shows the most common version served in Wisconsin. However, feel free to play around, use different whiskeys, bourbons, or brandies, until you find your favorite. I really, really liked using Phillips Union Cherry Whiskey, as well as their Vanilla Whiskey, to put a really delicious new twist on the Old Fashioned. The only ingredient you might be unfamiliar with is the Angostura bitters. Ask around at your local liquor store and you should be able to get a bottle for about $5 that will last you all year.