Her Gin-Sake hybrid, Jinzu took the Spirit world by storm. She’s also one of the founding members of the Bristol Syrup Company - a brand that gives that key cocktail component some real TLC!
When did that Eureka moment happen when you realized your mission is to be a bartender?I started bartending at University just to pay my way through - then I got a barbacking job in my last year and it was so much fun I knew it was the place for me.
I did finish my degree, but I knew I had found my place in the world - I fell in love with the creative and social side of it.
What are the TOP 5 skills every bartender should have?I would say a good palate, flexibility, good chat, creativity and a good sense of humor! Flexibility stands out for me as being mentally flexible and being able to work around ingredients is important, and then quite often being flexible dealing with people is a big part of the job. Not to say that being physically flexible isn’t useful as a bartender.
Which cocktail is the biggest pain in the ass to make, pardon our French?Ramos Gin Fizz for sure! It’s similar to a normal Gin Fizz but you have to shake the ice for so long to make it stiff so a straw can stand up in it. Obviously hand shaking this can take forever - I don’t know very many people who can do it without having to pass the shaker on to someone else.
And which cocktail is served in your version of heaven?My favorite ever cocktail is a Mint Julep - it looks great, tastes great, and is very refreshing.
Which drink or cocktail would you say is way underrated? (And a tricky followup: Which one is the most overrated?)Underrated is difficult - I think a lot of bartenders might look down on Piña Coladas - but a good Piña Colada is just incredible. I played a game with a friend Emilio on shift once, called: How many Piña Coladas is too many? We found out that it was three… and needless to say we were never put on shift together again!
Then overrated, for me that’s a Long Island Ice Tea. I’m not dissing people that drink it, but when there are so many ingredients and you top it up with Coca Cola it’s just a bit disappointing to not be able to taste any of them.