~ One Night Stands ~ ~ Supplemental Training ~
~ General Mixological Kibitzing ~
Pearl Buck told us, “If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.” There has been no greater influence on today’s cutting edge mixology than America’s pre-Prohibition golden age of classic cocktails. Understanding the classics makes us better barkeeps today. Without yesterday, there can be no today. Without today, there is no tomorrow. History is the path to the future.
Classic Cocktail Hour (or two): A flexibly structured visiting mixologist program for a slow night at a bar but can also be adapted for special events or private parties. A little history, a little mixology, lots of fun.
Training: Is your bar as good as your food? Are your bartenders as good at what they do as your kitchen staff? What’s so bad about having (or being) better bartenders? If your food is really good and your bar is really only good enough, it’s time to raise the bar! It really doesn’t matter what you’re mixing; technique matters. A little history doesn’t hurt, either; if nothing else, it offers your guests entertaining stories.
Cocktail Kibitzer: When a cocktail “consultant” seems like a silly idea and all you’re looking for is an opinion, a few thoughts, a suggestion or two. Got an oddball bottle of something you have no idea what to do with? Need to spruce up your cocktail menu? Want to consider a classic cocktail or two?
History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside. - John F. Kennedy
The Five Archetypes of Classic Mixology: A learned overview of how I distilled over two centuries of mixology into five archetypal mixtures.
Guerrilla Cocktails: Like a contemporary Johnny Applejack planting the seeds of classically influenced cocktails, I applied these simple archetypes to create spontaneous, off the cuff cocktails using only the resources immediately available. This is a blog documenting my visits to local establishments, friends’ liquor cabinets, and even my own kitchen